Susan McDonald - Crain Garden

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Methodist Hospital, 6565 Fannin, Houston, TX

This event is free and will be held in the Crain Garden of Methodist Hospital.

Susan has developed a series of concerts which incorporate music, literature and science. Her "Animal Ballets" combine original music with video footage to create live performances in which she is the "orchestra" and animals are the "dancers." Her live performance set to video footage will create a multi-sensory experience for the audience.

Susan McDonald, guitarist and composer, has performed at Carnegie Hall, for Holocaust survivors in a Viennese nursing home, and for the President of the United States. Her compositions have been enthusiastically received in concert halls, universities, festivals, and even in tiny villages in the Amazon. She is on the touring roster of Texas Commission on the Arts and has recently become affiliated with the international NGO American Voices. Under their auspices, she recently developed a classical guitar program for the YES Academy Iraq (Youth Excellence Onstage), where she taught and performed in 2013. http://www.animalballets.com/id15.html

Eddie Healy with Clara McClain and Erin Naylor

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Methodist Hospital, 6565 Fannin, Houston, TX

Free to the public and held at Methodist Hospital in the Crain Garden.

CM Education Director, Eddie Healy, will perform his own compositions. Opening for him will be CM Middle School Coordinator Erin Naylor and CM Education Assistant Clara McClain. The Crain Garden Performance Series is broadcast throughout the hospital for patients and families to enjoy.

Music Education Director to the “Classical Minds” Festival, Eddie Healy, performs actively in Dallas- Fort Worth as well as in festivals around Mexico and Spain. Currently, he is the Director of Guitar and Music Theory Studies at Eastfield College and assistant director of the Annual Texas International Guitar Competition/Festival since 2010. As a composer his music has been published with Joachim-Trekel Musikverlag of Hamburg, Germany and with Les Productions d’OZ of Quebec. In 2012 he released a CD titled Direction which consists entirely of his own compositions. www.eddiehealy.com

Jeremías García and Matt Palmer

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Episcopal High School - Chapel , 4650 Bissonnet , Bellaire, Texas 77401

An evening of passionate flamenco solo guitar with Houston guitarist, Jeremías García and solo classical guitar virtuosity with String by Mail sponsored artist, Matt Palmer.

Jeremy Garcia is a classically trained guitarist and composer who has made a successful transition to flamenco. In the flamenco setting, Jeremy is known as, "Jeremias el Valiente." In 2009 he met singer Irma la Paloma and they established a flamenco troupe, Solero Flamenco. Together, they direct the annual Houston Spanish and Flamenco Festival. As a soloist, Jeremy has appeared with the Fort Bend Symphony and with the Brazosport Symphony in a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.” Recently, his orchestral arrangement of Los Cuatro Muleros was performed by the Grace Symphony Orchestra with Solero Flamenco. Jeremy has several recordings including Baile del Sol and Distancia. Presently, he directs the guitar program at San Jacinto College South. http://jeremygarcia.net/index.html

Guitarist Matt Palmer has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean He is a winner of numerous international guitar competitions, author of The Virtuoso Guitarist method, and has two recordings available Un tiempo fue Itálica famosa and Appassionata. His recent concert engagements include Carnegie Hall, Shakespeare Theatre, The Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, numerous universities, guitar societies, and dozens of international guitar festivals throughout the world. Matt is the Director of Guitar Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival and Workshop. http://www.mattpalmerguitar.com

"Classical Minds" Competition, Finals

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Episcopal High School - Chapel , 4650 Bissonnet , Bellaire, Texas 77401

The finals of the "Classical Minds" Competition is free and open to the public. Six competitors will be chosen to perform at the finals. The prizewinners will be announced after the Hartzell/Vardanyan recital at the Awards Ceremony.

Prizes (subject to change, check often): High School, Community College, University Division (Bachelor Degree & Master Degree) $1000 1st Prize $500 2nd Prize $350 3rd Prize $150 4th Prize

http://classicalmindsfestival.org/competition-form

Duo Amici and Gohar Vardanyan

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Episcopal High School - Chapel , 4650 Bissonnet , Bellaire, Texas 77401

Celebrating women in music with a concert given by internationally acclaimed artists, Duo Amici: Valérie Hartzell with mezzo-soprano & pianist Tamara McCoy, and critically acclaimed virtuoso, Gohar Vardanyan. After the concert, the Awards Ceremony will take place and prize-winners announced.

Artistic Director to the “Classical Minds” Festival & Competition, Valérie Hartzell, has performed on radio, television, in over 30 festivals, and is an international competition prize-winner in 8 competitions. Currently, she resides in Bedforshire, England where she maintains an active solo and chamber music career. As a pianist, Tamara McCoy has performed all over the U.S, and over-seas in Russia, the Czech Republic, and Brazil. She has a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance at the University of Kentucky. Tamara lives in Anchorage, Alaska where she performs with the Anchorage Opera Chorus and is Adjunct Faculty at the Alaska Pacific University. Valérie and Tamara met in 1997 while Tamara was working on her Bachelor Degree and Valérie on her Master Degree at Radford University. Duo Amici was founded in 2015 after Tamara was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation of Alaska. This grant allowed the duo to tour Alaska and England in Spring of 2016. They performed works for piano and guitar, voice and guitar, and solo works for their respective instruments. In April 2016, they gave an eleven concert tour of Alaska, including concerts for the Homer Council on the Arts and the Performing Arts Society in Kenai. A month later they collaborated on a six concert tour in England, including a London debut.

Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan, currently residing in New Year City, has performed throughout the U.S. including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, and NYC. She has appeared on NPR in the U.S. and Radio Nacional in Argentina. Ms. Vardanyan has performed as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Panama National Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a guest artist at the “Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra” in Panama and the Hamilton International Guitar Festival in Canada. She is also an author of three books from Mel Bay Publications and an instructor on Strings by Mail’s YouTube Lessonettes, a series of mini video lessons. www.goharvardanyan.com