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Rappahannock Concert Association Artists 2022 ~ 2023 Season

Brass 5

Brass 5, one of America’s most successful ensembles, has been an active part of the Mid-Atlantic arts scene for over 35 years. With trumpets, tuba, trombone, and percussion, the “5” offer a vast repertoire from Renaissance, Classical, Dixieland, Swing, Jazz, Rock to Country and more. They easily have something for everyone, young and old alike. BRASS 5 performances have been featured on numerous television and Public Radio and TV programs and have been broadcast live on National Public Radio. Eager to create exciting music, Brass 5 has been featured in concerts throughout Europe and the Mid-Atlantic area.

This performance is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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John Bullard & Friends

When middle-schooler John Bullard heard “Dueling Banjos” the first time, it sparked in him an immediate, profound and lifelong devotion to the banjo. For decades, Bullard has explored the instrument and sought to expand its repertoire. Though he is an accomplished bluegrass musician, the true focus of his work is classical music: Bach, Handel, Schumann, Telemann, sonatas, concertos.

Bullard has toured and performed throughout the United States. He has produced three album-length recordings and his recordings have been featured in films including Dreamworks movie Rise of the Guardian and the award-winning Turkish-German drama The Edge of Heaven.

Bullard’s “friends” play the piano, violin and cello.

This performance is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

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The Jeff Little Trio

Back by popular demand, the Jeff Little Trio returns to perform for the Northern Neck audience for the fifth time.

Pianist Jeff Little’s involvement with fiddle tunes, old time country, and traditional blues dates to his growing up in Boone, North Carolina. The music shop his parents owned was a regular gathering place for musicians, including Doc Watson, who would stop by to pick a few tunes. On National Public Radio, Little was described as “a remarkable musician, steeped in the tradition of his native Blue Ridge, yet also a virtuosic and eclectic innovator.

Today, Little, Steve Lewis, one of the most respected acoustic musicians in the country, and Josh Scott, an upright bass master, travel the country performing concerts with the energy and dedication to their music that is evident at every show. Performances include The Smithsonian Institution, The National Folk Festival, American Piano Masters, and many festivals, performing arts centers, colleges, and music venues through the US.

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Maria Yefimova - Pianist

Russian-born pianist Maria Yefimova has established herself internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra soloist, performing in Italy, Spain, England, Slovakia, Croatia, Russia, and the United States. She made her orchestral debut with the Slovak Philharmonic, which was broadcast live on National Television. Her more recent orchestral performances include Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto and Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto with the Tambov Philharmonic in Russia.

Ms. Yefimova graduated with honors from Moscow State Conservatory. She came to the United States on a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music, where she earned both her Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees. She made her New York debut in 2004 with a critically acclaimed solo recital at Carnegie Hall. A competition prizewinner, Maria received awards from Artists International, the Five Towns Music & Art International Piano Competition, the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and the Kuznetsk Young Artists Piano Competition. Dr. Yefimova is on the piano faculty of the College of William and Mary.

This performance is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Brass Roots Trio

Exhilarating performances and imaginative programming have established Brass Roots Trio as one of the most compelling ensembles of the 21st century.

Three world-class musicians redefine the chamber music genre with their adventurous programming of classical, jazz, Americana and Latin styles. Travis Heath (trumpet & flugelhorn), Douglas Lundeen (French horn & vocalist) and Rosetta Senkus Bacon (piano) infuse their music with exuberant energy, and their warmhearted presentation makes an immediate connection with the audience.

A pioneer of this instrumentation - piano, trumpet and horn - Brass Roots Trio has played to standing ovations and rave reviews in every corner of the US and England since 2004. Their tours have included performances at Oxford University, St. James Piccadilly in London, the Chicago Brass Festival, and on Community Concert Series, Chamber Music Series and NPR. In 2009 the trio was honored to perform for President and Mrs. Obama and their guests at the White House.

The trio’s concert programs are an eclectic mix of styles. From a Baroque duet with piccolo trumpet and horn to jazz inspired Gershwin to Piazzolla’s decadent tangos and American Spirituals, BRASS ROOTS TRIO creates symphonic sounds, making three instruments sound like a small orchestra – and it’s always a surprise when the horn player puts down his instrument and sings an aria or spiritual with his magnificent tenor voice! The commentaries throughout the program are informative and often humorous.

This performance is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Quebe Sisters

Three years after the Quebe Sisters first performed in the Northern Neck before an enthusiastic audience, Grace, Sophia and Hulda return to perform a mix of progressive western swing, jazz-influenced swing, and country. The sisters play the fiddle and sing, with supporting musicians accompanying on guitar, upright bass and other instruments.

The Quebe Sisters differentiate their music: “Progressive Western Swing” from simply “Western Swing” because they are not trying to just sound like Bob Wills. They play the style he pioneered, but incorporate new genres and songs, interpreting them using their own unique voice through country instrumentation. Combine the musical styles of The Mills Brothers, Ray Price, Count Bassie, Willie Nelson, and you have none other than The Quebe Sisters.

Now, with over 15 years of touring, the Quebe Sisters have delivered their authentic triple fiddle and three-part harmony sound to the concert halls and festivals of North America, Europe and Russia.

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