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 the 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.
About the Director
DEAN ANDERSON is currently completing his second season as the Music Director for the Dana Point Symphony. Additionally, he holds a faculty position at Fullerton College as music director for the Fullerton College Symphony, where he also teaches violin and viola. He is frequently engaged as an orchestra clinician and has worked with youth ensembles from across the United States.
He has been invited to guest conduct on numerous occasions and has led the Grumo Festival Orchestra (Grumo, Italy), Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta (Bankgok, Thailand),Yakima Chamber Orchestra, Cerritos College Orchestra, and the Orange County Youth Symphony. In 2011, he was invited to guest conduct the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony in Vietnam and was the first American ever to conduct the orchestra professionally in Ho Chi Minh City.
His past positions as music director include the Orange County Symphony, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, the Missouri Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Stephens College orchestra.
As a collaborative artist, he has participated in projects with the Chance Theater, Nouveau Chamber Ballet, the Anaheim Ballet, and conducted the recording session at Capitol Records of music by Kostas Christides and Minos Matsas for the full-length documentary on the life and work of Stan Lee entitled With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010).
Mr. Anderson studied violin and conducting at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he studied with John McLeod and Edward Dolbashian respectively. He has also participated in conducting master classes with such prominent teachers as Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Marin Alsop, Mihail Agafita, Don Thulean, Neal Stulberg and Lawrence Golan. Recently, he has been appointed the Director of Orchestral Studies at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA.