Rendezvous Arts 2021/2022: Metropolis Oboe Quartet & Michelle Areyzaga
Metropolis Oboe Quartet & Michelle Areyzaga
With a premier composition by Lee Kesselman
Where music, art and people come to play
Deb Stevenson / Thomas Yang / Rebecca Taylor Swan / Steven Houser / Michelle Areyzaga / Lee Kesselman
Join longtime friends and colleagues Deb Stevenson: oboe, Thomas Yang: violin, Rebecca Taylor Swan: viola and Steven Houser: cello with guest artist soprano Michelle Areyzaga for a journey through time! The quartet will chose works from all periods of music – making sure that there is something for everyone to enjoy! The highlight of the evening will be the world-premier performance of Lee Kesselman’s new work based on some of the composers own poetry! This quartet has tirelessly searched the world for repertoire and are eager to share their extensive musical knowledge with their audience via playful conversations interspersed throughout the program. You will laugh, you will learn and you will love an evening with the Metropolis Oboe Quartet! Join us for a beautiful evening in our Stuart Room.
Friday night concert timeline:
6:00-7:00 PM cocktails and visual art display
7:00-8:15 PM concert (no intermission)
8:15-9:00 PM more cocktails and conversation with artist Ken Reif
SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE-BUY 6 CONCERTS GET THE 7TH CONCERT FREE! $180
I was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, in South Holland Il. in 1957. Attended Thornwood High School, Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Columbia College. As a child, camping vacations with my parents fostered an early interest in nature. My first recollections of artistic inclinations was an ability to copy the drawings of the artists at MAD magazine. I attended neighborhood art classes where I was introduced to oil painting. My classes at Thornwood High were geared towards a career in forestry which actually ties into the work I am doing now. I am also a musician. I played in various blues and rock bands for years. For years I waffled between music and painting. At the same time I was a house painter. I occasionally exhibited but at age 50 decided to concentrate my efforts on the visual arts. Gradually I became a full time artist. I joined several art organizations and did everything I could to get my work out there. I became involved with the Oak Park Art League, first as an artist member, later as a board member, exhibition committee chairperson and president of the board of directors. Currently I exhibit at The Leigh Gallery in Chicago, various businesses in the Oak Park area and the Burlington Art Center, Burlington Iowa. I also show my works at approximately 20 art fairs in Arizona, California and Illinois. I currently work out of my studio in Berwyn Il.
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