AAMF Classical Evening update

The AAMF 2019 Classical Evening is scheduled for 17th January. The venue is the Auditorium at the Brighton College Al Ain. This concert will start at 6 pm.

The performers include Natalia Nechepurenko, Ilya Netkach, Mark Glover, Derek Jung, Louise Ryan and Jennifer Eastwood.

Natalia NechepurenkoNatalia Nechepurenko is a highly skilled classical pianist. She graduated at the Donetsk State Music College and afterwards, the Music Academy, when gained her Master’s degree. Natalia has won several Ukrainian and international competitions. She has worked as a piano teacher in Ukraine and Indonesia.

Ilya Netkach1Ilya Netkach is a professional violinist and music teacher from Ukraine. As well as performing classical music, he has participated in jazz jams in different countries, too. He won the award of “Master Jam Fest” in an international jazz contest. And, in 2016 his band won first place in the “Battle of the Bands” in Bahrain.

His original music is available on iTunes and Spotify. His recent release, “I Am” has received positive reviews from “Smooth and Soul” and “All About Jazz” music reviewers . Ilya teaches at the House of Arts in Al Ain.

Mark Glover with euphoniumMark Glover is a performing artist for Sterling Musical Instruments, U.K.. Mark has worked in Singapore, where he was Principal Study Lecturer of Euphonium at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

He has performed in Brazil, the USA and many other countries in Europe and in Asia. Many listeners in these audiences had not heard the euphonium played as a solo instrument before.

Mark also spent 5 years performing in a heavy rock band as a guitarist, and he is an accomplished drummer, too. In April 2018 Mark released his debut solo album, “Hustle“.

Derek JungDerek Jung is a Music Educator now residing in the city of Abu Dhabi, after departing Al Ain last year.  After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Music Education, he began his career teaching in the USA.

This is Derek’s fourth time participating in the Al Ain Music Festival.  In the past he has played solo pieces and played with/directed the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra.  He now sings and plays alongside the Abu Dhabi Choral Group.

Louise RyanLouise Ryan is from Cornwall in England. She has lived in the UAE for 5 years now. On graduating from a choral scholarship she went on to be accepted onto an opera performance programme.

A successful Concert and Operatic Soprano in her home country, she is enjoying performing to even more international audiences here in the UAE. She has performed on numerous occasions with the National Symphony Orchestra and Al Khubairat Singers. Louise has also been featured on Abu Dhabi Classic FM as the ‘Abu Dhabi Diva‘, informing listeners on the world of opera singing and vocal training.

Jennifer EastwoodJennifer Eastwood will be a familiar name to those who attended the AAMF 2017 “Garden City Classics” concert. For this upcoming AAMF concert she is preparing to sing “Voi Che Sapete” by Mozart.

Jennifer is a native to Vancouver, WA, USA. She attended Fresno Pacific University, graduating with a B.A. in Vocal Performance in 2007. Towards the end
of university, she attended a modeling and acting school, thus opening the door for the
entertainment business.

Since 2007, she has performed a variety of styles of music, including classical, folk, jazz, musicals, and ethereal, and in such projects as leads in musicals, operettas, short films, web-series, and stage performances. Several performances were done in the USA, until she decided to teach English abroad in 2013, where she has performed in
South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. Jennifer was classically trained for about 10 years, and hopes you have been truly blessed by her gift of voice.

Keep a look out for further details to follow about these and the other performers on the programme of this special concert!

“Garden City Classics” this Friday, 3rd Nov, La Dolce Vita, Al Ain

The opening concert of the Al Ain Music Festival 2017– “Garden City Classics“- is this Friday, 3rd November, at La Dolce Vita venue, Al Ain.

The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra and Al Ain Choral Society will be joined by special guest performers, including Dr Sherri Weiler and the duo, Ilya Netkach and Natalia Purochenko.

American-born mezzo-soprano Sherri Weiler received her vocal training at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (MM) and her doctorate in vocal performance and pedagogy from Florida State University (DM).
Sher6In March 1992 Weiler represented the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, on a cultural exchange to Magadan, Russia, and was subsequently selected by Mstislav Rostropovich to sing the mezzo-soprano solo in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the National Symphony. These experiences helped instill a great love for and appreciation of Russian vocal literature. The singer coached Russian language and song literature for twelve years with Moscow Conservatory piano professor Svetlana Velichko; the two have a compact disc of 19th-century Russian vocal literature on the Centaur label, released in 2001, Russia: Golden Century of Song.
In Anchorage, Weiler performed the Verdi Requiem with bass Jerome Hines, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with soprano Erie Mills, and a Schubert bicentennial recital with pianist John Wustman. She has appeared with the Florida State Opera, Anchorage Opera, Sacramento Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Opera West in roles including Mrs. Grose (Britten’s The Turn of the Screw), Iolanthe (Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe), Mercedes (Bizet’s Carmen), and the Mother in Menotti’s two operas The Consul and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Other roles include Marie of the Incarnation in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites (2005) and La Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (2007), and the singer has given recitals for the University of Toledo, Willamette University and Portland State University, the Oregon Music Teachers’ Association, Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Festival of Music, the University of Alaska Anchorage, Florida A&M University, and Shorter University.
Dr. Weiler is currently Associate Professor of Music at the American University of Sharjah where she teaches applied voice, class piano, general music, and musical theatre preparation.

Ilya Netkach (violin) and Natalia Nechepurenko (piano) is an instrumental duo project, born recently in Al Ain.
Ilya-Netkach-&-Natalia-Nechepurenko-DuoIlya and Natalia met at the House of Arts Institute, where they work as violin and piano teachers, and after a few successful performances here in Al Ain they decided to create this duo in order to realise their potential and just to play good instrumental music.

Both are professional and experienced musicians. Ilya Netkach is an experienced violin teacher and concerting violinist, who composes and records his music, preferable in jazz and fusion genres. Prior to coming to Al Ain, he worked three years as a violin teacher in the number of schools in Qatar and Bahrain, where he become known as performer and jams participant. On May 2016 In 2016 his band received first place in the Battle of the Bands in Bahrain.
Natalia Nechepurenko is a highly skilled classical pianist. She is laureate and winner of a number of Ukrainian and International Festivals and Competitions, where she was performing solo and as a soloist with the orchestra, as well as she’s got good teaching experience working at Donetsk State College Music in Ukraine, as well as private piano tutor. From 2014 Natalia was working as a performing pianist on a number of cruise lines around the world.

We regret to announce that Khaled Badrieh and his Arabistica band won’t be performing at the concert this Friday. However, we hope that they will be returning to Al Ain again in the near future.

Please note the early start time for this AAMF concert. It begins at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free. Don’t miss it!

Special guest performers at AAMF Garden City Classics on 3rd Nov.

IMG-20171014-WA0000Several special guest performers will be performing on the same AAMF “Garden City Classics programme as Khaled Badrieh (3)the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra and Khaled Badrieh and his band, Arabistica on Friday, 3rd November.

Ilya-Netkach-&-Natalia-Nechepurenko-DuoThese special guests include the duo of violinist and composer, Ilya Netkach, and pianist Natalia Nechepurenko, who will perform:
Steps” by Rolf Lovland; “Burned Bridges” by Ilya Netkach; “Milonga Sin Palabras” by Astor Piazzolla; “Windancer” by Rolf Lovland; and “Spanish Dance” by Myroslav Skoryk.

Jennifer EastwoodAlso on this programme, the duo of Jennifer Eastwood and Stephen Aston, will perform Henry Purcell’s “Fairest Isle” and “Music for a While“.

Please note that this concert has the early start time of 6:30 p.m. at the la dolce vita venue. Don’t miss it!