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January 25, 2014 7:00p

La Sierra University Orchestra

Theme: "Musique de France"


Debussy Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Saint-Saens Le carnaval des animaux

Featured guest Dr. Celia Chan performing Debussy's Danses Sacree et Profane for Harp and Strings and Ravel's Introduction and Allegro

Featured Visual Artist: Beata Kardewicz

Celia Chan, harp

CELIA CHAN VALERIO is an Adjunct Professor of Harp for La Sierra University, Harp Instructor, University of California Riverside and former principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Florida.  She teaches privately and performs as a solo harpist in Southern California.

Celia has been playing the harp professionally for 20 years.  During this time, she has received many awards and prizes in various competitions including the Anne Adams Awards, American String Teachers Association--State and National Competition, American Harp Society Competition, Redlands Bowl Competition, and Music Teachers Association Competition and a semi-finalist in the USA International Harp Competition.  She has performed as a soloist for the American Harp Society National Conference, World Harp Congress Convention, Indianapolis Arts Council, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Brandstater Gallery Concert Series.  She has performed extensively around the United States as well as Australia, Canada, France, and Mexico.

Celia holds a Bachelor of Music from La Sierra University and a Master and Doctor of Music in harp performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington where she completed her studies under the direction of Susann McDonald. Celia is a native of Loma Linda where she resides with her husband and daughter.

Beata Kardewicz, artist

Beata Kardewicz is a visual artist and a performing musician in Orange County, CA. A native of Poland, her early childhood revolved around visual arts and music. At the age of 13, she was already dabbling with oil painting and other medias. Even though she is a self-taught artist, she had her first exhibition at the age of 17, few years later she became a certified iconographer. She pursued her education in music, violin performance, and received a full scholarship at California State University Fullerton. This allowed her to come to the United States in her early twenties. While studying her Master’s degree in music, she also found time to improve her oil painting and drawing techniques as well as expand her personal growth and knowledge. Oil painting and dry pastels became her favorite medias.

Music and painting are deeply rooted in Kardewicz’s life and that can be seen in her painting collection and style. She is not only inspired by impressionistic and romantic landscape painters like Monet and Turner, but also by impressionistic music by Debussy and Ravel. She is known for paintings that exude a fluidity of impressionistic harmony, delicate tones, wave like strokes, and the constant pursuit to capture the “moment in motion” on the canvas.