Music at the Casa presents: George Grosman
Aug
19
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: George Grosman

guitarist – vocalist - composer

Born in Prague, the city of a hundred spires, fabulous gothic architecture and smoky jazz clubs, George has resided and played music on three continents, specifically in the U.S., Canada, Iceland, the UK, Israel and the Czech Republic. Educated at the Guildhall School of Music in London - where he often jammed with past and current Sting guitarist, Dominic Miller - and the University of Essex, George played with the Middle East Blues Band in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the chart topping group Kandis in Reykjavik, Iceland and has now been performing as a solo artist and with various bands in Toronto, Canada for the last couple of decades. He has recently relocated to Orlando and is now active on the Central Florida music scene. His 2010 CD “Europa”, recorded with his band, Bohemian Swing, has received wide airplay in Canada on the CBC and Toronto’s Jazz FM, as well as on some European radio station. The music on the CD is almost all original material and in a style close to George’s heart: a heady mix of jazz, French “chanson” and the intriguing harmonies of Gypsy Jazz. George and Bohemian Swing have recently played the Toronto International Jazz Festival, as well as countless other festivals and venues in Canada and the U.S. 

In June 2012, George had the honor and the privilege to share the stage with jazz guitar legend, Larry Coryell. They performed one of George’s originals “Bohemian Blues” together.

George is currently working on two projects: an album of original jazz ballads and a tribute album to the late great New Orleans soprano saxophonist, Sidney Bechet. 

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Music at the Casa presents: Catherine Way
Aug
26
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Catherine Way

Catherine Way has been a professional Harpist for over 25 years.   She performs beautiful Harp music throughout Orlando and the surrounding Central Florida region – for public and private special events & weddings, as well as a Disney cast member musician.  Since 2006 Catherine has played with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (2nd Harp),  She has also performed as principal Harpist with the Orlando Symphony, Brevard Symphony, and Central Florida Symphony.   Catherine regularly performs with choral & instrumental groups for public school, college and community church concerts.

Harpist Catherine Way ~ HarpStrings, Inc. offers both Solo Harp and Ensembles. 

For more information, please contact:

www.HarpStringsInc.com

cway@HarpStringsInc.com

407 672-1139

 

 

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Music at the Casa presents: Luis Garcia
Jul
29
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Luis Garcia

Luis Alfredo Garcia is a classical guitarist with formal training at the Conservatory of Musica of Puerto Rico, and the University of Central Florida. Additionally, Luis has also been fortunate to receive flamenco guitar lessons from world renowned Spanish (Andalusian) flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano. Luis Alfredo has been performing and entertaining in Central Florida for nearly 20 years. He offers great Classical, Flamenco/Spanish, Latin and Jazz Guitar Music Entertainment for Orlando and all of Central Florida. His music selection is sophisticated, colorful, and passionate - excellent for any occasion. Luis is available as a solo classical and/or flamenco guitarist - great for wedding ceremonies, formal banquets, intimate/romantic dinners and serenades. Basically any event that a sophisticated and luxurious musical ambiance is desired. If you are looking for a more upbeat, high energy, fun and "show-off" guitar music, Luis Alfredo incorporates electronic drums/bass tracks into his music to create a band-like or "one-man-band" music show. He has developed a unique sound of Latin-Jazz, and Flamenco fusion - it can be simply described as "smooth jazz on caffeine".

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Music at the Casa presents: Brian Hayes
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Brian Hayes

Brian Hayes performs regularly as a classical guitarist both in concert and at a variety of venues and special events throughout Florida. His exceptional musicality and technical proficiency delights listeners and, along with his engaging and professional manner, has given Brian the reputation as Central Florida’s premier classical guitarist for weddings, anniversaries, private parties, corporate functions, banquets, conventions, festivals and resorts. His extensive selection of music includes Classical, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Spanish and contemporary, consisting of advanced pieces by composers such as Francisco Tarrega, Heitor Villa Lobos, Agustin Barrios and Luiz Bonfa, in addition to many solo guitar arrangements of the works Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach, George Bizet and many others. With hours of repertoire, Brian tailors the style and volume of music to suit each event. From high-end fundraisers to intimate celebrations, nothing is too elaborate or simple for the touch of a classical guitar.

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Music at the Casa presents: USA Dance
Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: USA Dance

Dancers from the Orlando Chapter of USA Dance will perform Latin dances like Salsa, Bachata, ChaCha, Merengue, Rumba, Bolero, Tango, Samba, Latin Hustle, and more; plus interactive mini-lessons.

The Orlando Chapter of USA Dance is an all-volunteer non-profit organization to promote Ballroom Dancing and its social, physical, and health benefits. We define "Ballroom Dancing" to include all the partner, lead-and-follow dances (Smooth, Latin, Swing, and Country). USA Dance has 150 chapters and 12,000 members around the country.  The Orlando Chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters, serving Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties

Our activities include: 
(1) Monthly ballroom dance parties
(2) Outreach dance exhibitions for the community, at schools, malls, senior centers, festivals, nursing homes, non-profit organizations' fundraisers, etc.
(3) Financial aid to youth dancers and school dance groups. 
(4) Low-cost all-amateur dance competitions. 
(5) Bimonthly Orlando-area dance newsletter. 
(6) Fund-raising dance events to benefit charities/non-profit orgs.
(7) Co-sponsor with City of Alt Springs, of Ballroom Dance Classes for Special Needs population (Autistic spectrum, Down Syndrome, etc.). 
(8) Co-sponsor with Lighthouse of Central FL, of ballroom dance classes for visually-impaired population in Orlando. 
(9) Co-sponsor with Get Active Orlando, of ballroom dance classes for disadvantaged youth in Orlando.
(10) Sponsor of ballroom dance classes for early-onset Alzheimer's patients
(11) Provider of information (an unbiased information resource) about where to dance, dance studios and instructors and group lessons, and special dance events. 

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Music at the Casa presents: Paint it Black Quartet with Shannon Caine
Jul
8
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Paint it Black Quartet with Shannon Caine

Classical Musicians that Rock! Aerosmith-Zeppelin & Bach-Beatles create unique, elegant, and lively soundtrack for any event. Elegant music played in an exceptional way. Classical Quartet is the core of this group with Violin, Flute, Viola and Cello and adding Keyboard/Piano, Double Bass, Electric Guitar Soloist for full stage presentation. Classical look, cutting edge music established in 2000 and presented by Beautiful Music. For Booking Information contact Shannon@beautifulmusic.cc. Award winning music since 1989 and Casa Feliz Preferred Partner since the Casa Feliz - Happy House Grand Opening.

Performing for years,  produced hundreds of the unique requests that has led to our custom book of music - that is like no other in town. We play classical, modern and more.  This music collection has caught fire. At the most recent wedding - the guests started to sing the songs and clap with us, it was very compelling and so much fun!

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Music at the Casa presents: Jorge Mendoza
Jul
1
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Jorge Mendoza

I was born in the city of Las tunas, Cuba. I arrived in the US at 4 years of age. My musical interest began when I visited Cuba again and saw my nephew, a professional guitarist playing. I instantly picked up the instrument and fell in love with the world of music. My nephew introduced me to the world famous guitarist Paco de Lucia, and thus began my journey in flamenco music.

I was primarily self taught excluding 2 lessons that I took with flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano. However, I always kept my heritage present and constantly indulge in Latin music. I seek to bring the best of the both worlds and congregate both Latin music with flamenco music as well hints of jazz and blues.

I began performing at the age of 16 across many restaurants and venues at Disney and between all those gigs, I met other musicians much older who have provided a clear pathway in order to transform my self taught virtues into traditional concepts and methods. 

I am currently performing at the the Four Seasons resort every Wednesday and Thursday and occasionally at weddings or private parties. I aim to provide my audience with a glance at my beautiful Cuba while blending the much loved Flamenco style music.

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Music at the Casa presents: Christine MacPhail
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Christine MacPhail

Christine has been a professional harpist in Central Florida for 20 years, providing harp music for thousands of social and corporate events. She currently performs as a harp player for wedding ceremonies, receptions, grand openings, and other special events at hotels, country clubs, gardens, restaurants, and private homes throughout Orlando and Central Florida.

Harpists add an elegant touch to any occasion.

Christine is a preferred vendor at many locations, including: Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Leu Gardens, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Casa Feliz, Buena Vista Palace, Wyndham Orlando, Celebration Hotel, Omni ChampionsGate, Rosen Plaza, The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne and many others.

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Music at the Casa presents: George Grosman
Jun
17
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: George Grosman

GEORGE GROSMAN
guitarist – vocalist - composer

Born in Prague, the city of a hundred spires, fabulous gothic architecture and smoky jazz clubs, George has resided and played music on three continents, specifically in the U.S., Canada, Iceland, the UK, Israel and the Czech Republic. Educated at the Guildhall School of Music in London - where he often jammed with past and current Sting guitarist, Dominic Miller - and the University of Essex, George played with the Middle East Blues Band in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the chart topping group Kandis in Reykjavik, Iceland and has now been performing as a solo artist and with various bands in Toronto, Canada for the last couple of decades. He has recently relocated to Orlando and is now active on the Central Florida music scene. His 2010 CD “Europa”, recorded with his band, Bohemian Swing, has received wide airplay in Canada on the CBC and Toronto’s Jazz FM, as well as on some European radio station. The music on the CD is almost all original material and in a style close to George’s heart: a heady mix of jazz, French “chanson” and the intriguing harmonies of Gypsy Jazz. George and Bohemian Swing have recently played the Toronto International Jazz Festival, as well as countless other festivals and venues in Canada and the U.S. 

In June 2012, George had the honor and the privilege to share the stage with jazz guitar legend, Larry Coryell. They performed one of George’s originals “Bohemian Blues” together.

George is currently working on two projects: an album of original jazz ballads and a tribute album to the late great New Orleans soprano saxophonist, Sidney Bechet. 

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Music at the Casa presents: Alborea Dances
Jun
10
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Alborea Dances

Alborea Dances is a multicultural Entertainment Dance Company, created and directed by Jenny and Ernesto Caballero, who have been dedicated to the world of dance for more than 20 years. They have combined their experiences as dance educators, performers, choreographers and events coordinators, to present dances from Spain, Bolivia and Middle Eastern countries.

After many years of performing in International festivals and important venues around South America, Europe and the United States, life brought them to Florida to delight their audiences on the stages of Universal Studios, Sea World, Walt Disney World, Resorts, Hotels and Conventions. Also, they have been featured on The Travel Channel's Great Hotels Series and Orange County TV's "Central Florida's World of Dance" series.

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Music at the Casa presents: Troy Gifford
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Troy Gifford

Troy Gifford is an award winning guitarist and composer whose music synthesizes elements of Latin, classical, jazz, and rock styles.   His compositions have been performed on multiple continents, including at festivals and concerts in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.  He has written music in a variety of settings, including pieces for guitar, voice, piano, orchestra, choir, band, and various chamber ensembles.  He has also written for both the stage and film.  

Troy has won a number of awards for his music, including first prize in composition competitions sponsored by the Guitar Foundation of America, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, and the University of Miami.  He has released two CDs of all original material: Delineations (on Flatfoot Records) and Olvidando.  His music has been published by Doberman Yppan and Mel Bay and performed by numerous outstanding artists around the world.  He has been featured in and currently serves as a regular columnist for the digital guitar magazine Fingerstyle Guitar Journal.

Troy has taught at several colleges and universities and currently lives in Orlando, FL, where he serves as the chair of the music department at Valencia College.  


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Music at the Casa presents: Omar Blanco
May
27
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Omar Blanco

This afternoon's performance will feature a program of mixed styles on account of the fact that life moves on and I have incorporated different styles of music alongside my Flamenco and electric guitar performances. Life has reached a full circle. My life in music began with the plectrum guitar better known as a pick and I now incorporate both styles as well as different types of music. I compose my own music and listen to the works of many other artists such as Vangelis, Yanni, as well as Ambient music, Rock, Jazz and Bachata and Trap music for the younger generation that listen's to this type of music. The difference in what I do lays in the fact that the guitar is my voice and I let it sing within the particular style of music that I am playing.  My performance this afternoon reflects this  variation of musical styles. 

Mr. Omar Blanco began studying guitar at the age of 8 with Victor Sainz, a local guitar instructor in Elizabeth, NJ. A turning point in his life came in 1976 when he began his classical guitar studies under the tutelage of another local Cuban guitarist, "Evelio Colina" in Elizabeth, NJ.  Omar was also heavily  influenced by his local high school band leader and pianist Mr. Dean Poulsen. Upon returning from Spain where she had been studying, Omar's sister told him about the amazing Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia who at that point in time started gaining international acclaim for his mind boggling technique on the guitar. Omar was intrigued  that someone from the fingerstyle perspective could be just as fast or faster than his favorite guitar player who back then was Jazz Fusion guitarist John Mclaughlin. Paco de Lucia later went on to become Flamenco guitar's greatest 20th -21st century guitar virtuoso. Paco later became friends with John Mclaughlin and they would tour together with another famous Jazz fusion player "Al Dimeola". " In my formative years as a Jazz fusion player, I was heavily influenced by Carlos Santana, John Mclaughlin, Pat Metheny, George Benson and especially the legendary Jazz guitar master, "Pat Martino". Starting In the 1980's Omar Blanco began his studies with another legendary Master of the Flamenco guitar in New York City. His name was"Mario Escudero". 

" My experiences with Mario would later become the major highlight of my guitar studies". One evening my mom and I were invited to Mario Escudero's apartment in Manhattan for a taste of Paella Valenciana, a southern Spanish seafood dish and was surprised that another legendary grandmaster "Agustin Castellon" better known as "Sabicas" was present and I had the opportunity to play for Sabicas at the instigation of my teacher Mario.  Boy! I said to myself, "he really put me on the spot". Sabicas later told my mother that I was an expert on the guitar and that you could tell that I had studied with Mario Escudero. I was able to play for Sabicas one of the main Flamenco forms known as Soleares.

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Music at the Casa presents: The Classern String Quartet
May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: The Classern String Quartet

The Classern String Quartet combines the Classic elegance of a string quartet with a modern twist by performing pop and rock melodies from yesterday and today.

The Classern Quartet is perfect for anyone looking for something different at their event; modern, but yet Classic at the same time.

We specialize in rock and pop, but of course we know all the Classics. The Classern Quartet is perfect for weddings but we play at all major events including corporate functions, birthdays, and anniversaries. Each member of the Quartet is a college educated, Classically trained musician that have performed in major symphonies and events throughout Florida. We have a large repertoire of music and perform anything from Bach to the Beatles, Lady Gaga , the Black Eyed Peas and everything in between. If you are looking for a unique alternative string quartet we would love to perform at your special event and make it unforgettable.

http://www.classernstringquartet.com

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Music at the Casa presents: Jazz Saxophonist Matt Festa
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Jazz Saxophonist Matt Festa

Originally from Buffalo, NY and living in Orlando since '94...I cut my musical eye teeth around the likes of Bobby Millitello (Dave Brubeck), Jay Beckenstein (Spyro Gyra) and many more awesome sax players! Inspired early on in Central Florida by Paul Howards, I decided to pursue my dream of music and now I am an accomplished Saxophone player and band leader!

My band Cornucopia has played for Sea World New Years Eve '07, Harbor Nights (Portofino event), City of Apopka Jazz Festival, Uptown Altamonte on a regular basis and more. I do a solo act with a mix of pop, blues and Jazz and work regularly with 3 different female vocalist to bring an energetic vibe to any music venue or party! I also am "jazz" at Universal Studios Blues Brothers show. I love people and hope to meet you soon!

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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Back by Popular Demand: Tim Totten-Wright in Your Own Backyard
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Back by Popular Demand: Tim Totten-Wright in Your Own Backyard

Master Storyteller Tim Totten returns to share his encyclopedic knowledge of America’s famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Focusing on Wright’s Florida work such as Florida Southern College and Tallahassee’s Spring House, Totten shows us how Wright affected architecture in the Sunshine State.

• Free admission, donations are welcomed.

• Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Programs will begin at 7 p.m. followed by questions and discussion. Space is limited.

NO RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE, call 407-628-8200 or email rsvp@casafeliz.us.

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Music at the Casa presents: Shannon Caine and the Beautiful Music 'Paint it Black' Quartet
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Shannon Caine and the Beautiful Music 'Paint it Black' Quartet

Classical Musicians that Rock! Aerosmith-Zeppelin & Bach-Beatles create unique, elegant, and lively soundtrack for any event. Elegant music played in an exceptional way. Classical Quartet is the core of this group with Violin, Flute, Viola and Cello and adding Keyboard/Piano, Double Bass, Electric Guitar Soloist for full stage presentation. Classical look, cutting edge music established in 2000 and presented by Beautiful Music. For Booking Information contact Shannon@beautifulmusic.cc. Award winning music since 1989 and a Casa Feliz preferred partner since the Casa Feliz - Happy House Grand Opening.

Performing for years,  produced hundreds of the unique requests that has led to our custom book of music - that is like no other in town. We play classical, modern and more.  This music collection has caught fire. At the most recent wedding - the guests started to sing the songs and clap with us, it was very compelling! and so much Fun!

2010-2014 – KNOT AWARD BEST MUSIC


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Music at the Casa presents: Brian Hayes
Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Brian Hayes

Brian Hayes performs regularly as a classical guitarist both in concert and at a variety of venues and special events throughout Florida. His exceptional musicality and technical proficiency delights listeners and, along with his engaging and professional manner, has given Brian the reputation as Central Florida’s premier classical guitarist for weddings, anniversaries, private parties, corporate functions, banquets, conventions, festivals and resorts. His extensive selection of music includes Classical, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Spanish and contemporary, consisting of advanced pieces by composers such as Francisco Tarrega, Heitor Villa Lobos, Agustin Barrios and Luiz Bonfa, in addition to many solo guitar arrangements of the works Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach, George Bizet and many others. With hours of repertoire, Brian tailors the style and volume of music to suit each event. From high-end fundraisers to intimate celebrations, nothing is too elaborate or simple for the touch of a classical guitar.

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Music at the Casa presents: Rev. Shawn Garvey
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Rev. Shawn Garvey

Rev. Garvey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Long Island University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological School.  Rev. Garvey has been an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ since 2001, and before coming to FCCWP he served churches in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey.  He is married to his wife Kathy, and they have two boys, Ryan and Cooper.

An avid musician, singer and songwriter, Rev. Garvey has led retreats, conferences, and acted as a consultant on Alternative Worship to local churches.  He has composed original music for Annual Meeting Worship services as well as composed, arranged, produced and performed on 3 albums of original material. 

He has performed with Livingston Taylor, Mary Fahl, Rick Elias, has opened for Marshall Crenshaw, and performed an annual John Denver Tribute concert with Denver’s former lead guitar player Steve Weisberg who played on 7 of Denver’s 9 platinum albums.

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Music at the Casa presents: Omar Miguel
Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Omar Miguel

Omar Miguel aka "El nino de la isla", (The boy from the island), was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Omar studied Flamenco and Classical Guitar with world renown guitar artists like, Juan Serrano, Omar Blanco, Paco Pena and Juan Diego Mateos.

Omar Miguel has composed many pieces for the guitar and has performed for numerous restaurants, events and hotels including The Gaylord Palms, The Latin Quarter at Universal Studios, EPCOT, Disney World The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, and has toured the American gypsies flamenco dance tour in 2006; he has also performed with Raquel Tacon and her flamenco dance company. Omar Miguel is also the founder of the flamenco fusion group Fusion Gitana at ceviche tapas bar and grill in Orlando from 2008 to 2012.

 

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Music at the Casa presents: Lisa Ferrigno
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Casa presents: Lisa Ferrigno

Lisa Ferrigno has been Concertmaster of the Brevard Symphony in Melbourne, Florida since 1999. A native of New England, she received her musical training at the New England Conservatory in Boston, the Eastman School of Music in New York, and Florida State University. Ms. Ferrigno has appeared as soloist with Trujillo’s Orquesta Sinfónica and Orquesta Camara del Festival Internacional Bach as well as the Florida Symphony and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Ferrigno has performed in recitals and festivals in New York, California, Florida, Vermont, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Colorado. Internationally she has performed in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Germany.

Ms. Ferrigno has served as Concertmaster of the Walt Disney World Orchestra since 1996 and was Concertmaster of the Orlando Philharmonic from 1993-2003. She was a member of the Florida Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras, Concertmaster of the Heidelberg Castle Opera Festival in Germany, Principal Second Violinist of the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra in New York, and Principal Second Violinist of the Palm Beach Pops. 

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