September 25, 2012

Concert at Harmony Library in Fort Collins Will Evoke Elegance of Parisian Cafe

The Amelie Trio will capture the elegance of a Parisian café in a Harmony in the Round concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Harmony Library.

The music in “Under the Paris Skies” will range from the romantic works of Faure to the hot swing music of Django Reinhardt to the dreamy soundtrack music of Amelie to the sensual, charged music of the French Tango.

The Amelie Trio comprises legendary accordionist Dave Willey, composer, arranger, recording artist and producer of multiple original CDs; Polish virtuoso violinist Margarita Sleziak-Sallee, and guitarist Kevin Garry, recording artist, author, arranger, and professor of music.

The trio will be joined by vocalist Britta Laree, whose solo show highlighting the music of French chanteuse Edith Piaf tours nationally, and by guitarist James Cline, who is on the music faculty at Regis University and FRCC.

Admission is free. Seating is limited at Harmony Library on the Front Range Community College campus at Harmony Road and Shields Street in Fort Collins. Harmony Library is a joint-use library of FRCC and the Poudre River Public Library District.

Dave Willey

Multi-instrumentalist Dave Willey is a Boulder legend. Naropa graduate, recording artist, composer, arranger and leader of two outrageous bands, Hamster Theatre and Thinking Plague, both featuring Dave’s compositions which reflect a wide musical, geographic and sociological intellect—post-modern fusion. His bands have toured the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has released numerous critically-acclaimed CDs, the latest being “Carnival Detournement.” “(Hamster Theatre) make up what is, in effect, a highly skilled chamber ensemble…the CD has a European feel, offering a literate synthesis of rock, jazz & European folk forms. You can’t really put this music into a tidy little compartment, but it’s unforced, sophisticated & highly entertaining. 5 stars (Outstanding)” – Alternative Press. Dave is probably the best accordion player you’ll ever hear live.

Margarita Sleziak-Sallee

Violinist Margarita Sleziak-Sallee holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the New England

Conservatory and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Veracruz, Mexico, and was concertmaster and principal second violin in the Jalapa Youth Symphony Orchestra in Veracruz, Mexico. As a collaborative artist, she has performed chamber music concerts in Mexico; Boston, Mass.; Festival Shizuoka, in Japan, 1991, and Festival Europalia, 1993 in Belgium. She has also participated in community outreach concerts in the Boston area. Her chamber and violin music coaches have included Masuko Ushioda, Stanislaw Kawalla, Mikhail Medvied, Eugene Lehner and Mary Lou Speaker Churchill. Since her arrival to Colorado, she has performed with the Crystal Springs String Quartet, the Avalon Duo, the Amelie Trio, the Boulder Philharmonic, and the Sinfonia of Colorado.

Kevin Garry

Kevin Garry has placed in national guitar competitions, including the Northwest Guitar Festival in Portland, the Classical Guitar Competition in Seattle, and the Allied Arts Competition in Spokane. In addition to appearing as featured soloist with the Colorado Music Festival, The Mahler Fest, and the Evergreen, Wash., and Aurora, Colo., orchestras, Garry has premiered numerous works written for him by such composers as Bryan Johanson, John Drumheller and Charles Argersinger. Recent appearances include solo concerts at the University of Wyoming and Puget Sound University, and performances at Ollscoil Luimnigh (Ireland). He is the author of journal articles on guitar history and the author/recording artist of three international CD-ROMs in the award-winning eMedia Guitar Series. Garry has studied with Charles Wolzien, Steve Novacek, and received his doctorate in guitar performance from the the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the director of the music program at Front Range Community College’s Westsminster Campus, is past president of the Boulder Guitar Society, and has performed with Peruvian virtuoso Alfredo Muro and Irish master fiddler Manus McGuire. He performs regularly in the violin-guitar duo Avalon Duo, the accordion-violin-guitar trio Amelie Trio and the newly formed Colorado Guitar Quartet. Visit

Britta Laree

Britta Laree holds a Master’s Degree in Music with a focus on Vocal Performance. At Colorado State University and within the Fort Collins community, Britta was involved in myriad productions as a performer, stage manager, music director, director, and producer.  After obtaining her degree in 2005, she moved to Denver where she has concentrated on the performing aspect of theater while maintaining her career as an IT professional.  Some recent performing credits include Aldonza in “Man of la Mancha” and Alice Beane in “Titanic, the Musical” with Augustana Arts at the Lakewood Cultural Center; Dolly in “Hello, Dolly!” and Silly Girl 1 in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” with Performance Now Theatre Company; “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” with Nonesuch Theater; and, the ongoing cover for Alex Ryer’s Pure Piaf:  The Life and Songs of Edith Piaf.  Directing credits include “A Little Night Music,” “Trouble in Tahiti,” “The Last 5 Years,” “Songs for a New World,” and many scenes for CSU’s music and opera programs.

James Cline

Cline has been active as a performer and educator in the Denver area since 1996. He completed his doctorate with a guitar emphasis at CU-Boulder. He has had the honor of performing in master classes for some of the finest guitarists in the world, including Christopher Parkening, John Williams and Sergio Assad. Cline is on the faculty at Regis University in Denver and FRCC in Westminster.  He also teaches guitar to younger children at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts. His most recent recording, “Summer Play,” features commissioned works by Colorado composers.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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