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As We Are: A Night of Music at 21c Bentonville

August 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Join us on Friday, August 26th for a night of music and art at 21c Bentonville. Enjoy performances by musical ensemble 2+1 with guest Miroslava Panayotova.

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” Anais Nin

This recital will present pieces by diverse contemporary composers and compositional styles, unified by the theme of life, uncertainty, and utopias. The program includes pieces by Mario Lavista, Katherine Murdock, Noelia Escalzo, and Jorge Mockert, among others.

Lia Uribe (bassoon) is Associate Chair and Associate Professor of music at the University of Arkansas, principal bassoonist of SoNA, APO, and member of the Lyrique Quintette. She maintains an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and artist-teacher. Her work includes concerts and festivals in Argentina, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Finland, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Japan, Peru, England, Spain, Colombia, and the USA.

Fernando Valencia (percussion) is a Percussion Instructor and Director of the Latin American Music Ensemble at the University of Arkansas. Mr. Valencia received his B.M. from the Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) and his M.M. from The University of Arkansas. He later went on to Temple University to obtain the Professional Certificate of Studies with Alan Abel of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He also studied Afro-Cuban drumming at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana, Cuba. Formerly the principal percussionist of the National Wind Symphony of Colombia, he has also performed with The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Bogota Philharmonic, Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, Arkansas Symphony and currently with The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Arkansas Philharmonic and Fayetteville Jazz Collective. He has recorded extensively in Colombia and the U.S. and has participated in Grammy nominated and nationally broadcast recordings in the popular and classical arenas

Matt Brusca (percussion) is the Percussion Specialist for Fayetteville Public Schools. He holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Missouri Southern State University. Matt’s performing experiences include the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Signature Symphony, and the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed at the Grumo Festival (Tesero/Cavalese, Italy), Exit Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia), BELEF Festival (Belgrade, Serbia), OK Mozart Festival, and the International Double Reed Society Conference. Matt has performed with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Bears Drum Lines, in addition to being a WGI Independent World Class Finalist with Gateway Indoor.
Matt is a performing artist for Mapex drums, Majestic percussion, Sabian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, as well as a signature artist for Etymotic Research, Inc.

Bulgarian pianist Miroslava Panayotova has made numerous appearances as recitalist and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Romania, and Mexico. As well, Ms. Panayotova has appeared at such music festivals as Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, XXI Festival Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado in Mexico, the Orford Festival in Canada, Apolonia in Bulgaria, and others. Her numerous awards include the first prize at the Green Valley Piano Competition, and the second prize and the Silver Medal at the XVII National Piano Competition Svetoslav Obretenov in Bulgaria. As a winner of the 2006-2007 President’s Concerto Competition, Ms. Panayotova appeared with The Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Recent concerto performances include appearances with The Florida Orchestra and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra


August 26, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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