Bach to Blues
Bach to Blues
Music Faculty Concert with Special Guests
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Students & Seniors $10
- Gavilan Bookstore
- Gavilan Hollister Site
Hispanic Serving Institution
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy 95020
All proceeds will benefit the Gavilan College Music Program
Bach to Blues is a fundraising concert that showcases regional talent, and features Gavilan College faculty and students. This year's guest performers are Oriana Chorale and fragments from "Grease" joining Maria Amirkhanian, Dahveed Behroozi, Albert Marques, and the winner of the Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition.Buy your tickets now! Space is limited.
Buy tickets at the Gavilan College Bookstore, the Hollister Gavilan College site, BookSmart and at the door
- Subject to change based on current public Health Guidelines
A native of Yerevan, Armenia, Maria Amirkhanian began piano lessons at the age of five. After graduating from Tchaikovsky School of Music, Maria was accepted to Komitas State Conservatory, where she obtained her B.M. in
piano performance under guidance of Armine Mokatsian. In 1993, Maria was accepted, with a full scholarship, to CSU Fresno where she became a student of Andreas Werz. In addition to performing throughout California and
internationally, Maria has participated in master classes with Peter Frankl, Barbara Nissman, Tomas Ungar, Ruth Loredo and Oxana Yablonskaya. In 1994, Maria was awarded second place at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Pasadena. The following year she won first place at the 1995 MTA Solo Competition, a statewide event. Maria was the winner of the Fresno Organizers Scholarship Award in 1996. In 2000, she obtained her DMA from Moscow Conservatory, Russia, where she studied under Yuri Hayrapetian. After serving as a piano instructor at CSU Fresno, Maria joined the faculty of the Gavilan College Music Program in the Fall of 2006. In addition to teaching, Maria is the coordinator for the Bach to Blues Concert series and the Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition.
Pianist and Composer Dahveed Behroozi is a Bay Area based musician primarily devoted to the independent jazz and classical scenes. Dahveed’s playing has been described as highly expressive, lyrical and colorful by
numerous publications nationwide. Dahveed has recorded and performed as a leader, as well as a sideman with Thomas Morgan, Tim Bulkley, Billy Mintz, Dayna Stephens, Ed Neumeister, Todd Neufeld, Aaron Lington, John Shifflett, Jason Lewis, Bob Kenmotsu, Cuong Vu and Jeff Denson.
Originally from San Jose, CA, Dahveed studied with pianist Hans Boepple at Santa Clara University. He received his BA in Jazz Piano from The Manhattan School of Music in 2002 where he studied under Fred Hersch. He then received his Master’s from The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College.
Early Musical Influences: “Because I grew up in a Spanish family, music played an integral part of my daily life as a child. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood were the weekends or family events when my family
would gather and perform music. My first guitar teacher was my father who gave me an appreciation of various styles of music, including flamenco, blues, and rock. Soon after, I began studying basic music theory, improvisation and scalar harmony under guitarist, John Garcia.”
Marques has performed at the Flamenco Society, Classical Guitar Society, and Music Teacher Association of California. He moved abroad to study in Spain with the modern masters of Spanish guitar. Flamenco
originated in Spain and is considered to be one of the most difficult style of guitar in the world.
Bradley M. Stone, Ph.D.
Dr. Bradley “Brad” M. Stone is an Adjunct Faculty member here at Gavilan College in the Department of Natural Sciences and Math, and the Department of Music. He has also had a long career as a jazz radio program host and radio music programmer, having worked at several university and community terrestrial radio stations. He now does a regular radio program on the internet with SoulandJazz.com. His program is produced weekly, streams on demand, and features today’s current artists and new jazz releases.
Sophia Perez was born on July 17th, 2007, and is currently living in Gilroy, CA. She started playing piano when she was five years old with her first piano teacher Mrs. Noleina and her current piano teacher is Maria Amirkhanian. She has been playing piano for 11 years. In her spare time, she is reading her favorite books, creatively doodling, and enjoys going to the park. Along with those hobbies, she likes to spend quality time with the people she cherishes. She enjoys playing sports for fun such as basketball and volleyball. As she progresses through her freshman year she is looking forward to becoming a surgeon, whilst involving music in her life.
At the age of 11, Frank strummed his first guitar and never looked back. As an adolescent often practicing his guitar while friends played outside, Frank became a young self-taught guitarist. Later, Frank studied Music at Hartnell College with a focus on vocal performance, where he received a Boronda Arts Scholarship to travel to Argentina. As a third generation born in the states, Frank grew up speaking little Spanish, but he embraced his culture and learned to speak and sing in Spanish. He has sung as an invited soloist at several mariachi festivals and performed with a variety of musical groups at private and public events throughout the years. Most recently, Frank performs both as a soloist, and in a duo with guitarist Albert Marques.
San Benito Oriana Chorale
Oriana is the only community choir in San Benito County that presents a regular schedule of concerts each year. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving live performances of vocal music and music education in this county. Oriana seeks the best in classical, folk, Broadway, light opera, pop, and gospel vocal music, giving its audiences and singers a variety of musical experiences.