We are excited to be hosting an intimate evening of music and dance on Saturday March 8 starting at 7pm with AngelFire Duo! Violinist Sholpan Beibitbayeva and pianist Renee Miles performed during Denise Elliot-Vernon’s artist reception on February 7 for the First Friday Art March. So inspired by the way their music sounded in the Sanctuary, they asked if they could put on a show. Of course you can ! This should be a really fun s
AngelFire duo are violinist Sholpan Beibitbayeva (pictured with her violin) and pianist Renee Miles. The Saturday, March 8 event they will perform an eclectic mix of melodies and standards, ranging from swing to latin to foxtrot to Irish gigs.
They have invited their Dancer friends to be Featured dancers so to encourage dancing on the open dance floor throughout the evening. Be prepared for an evening of enjoyment and entertainment for all!
$8 for singles and $12 per couple.
Refreshments will be provided.
Who are violinist Sholpan Beibitbayeva and pianist Renee Miles?? Here goes… [cue background music]
Renee Miles was first inspired to play piano by picking out songs from
TV’s Captain Kangaroo at age 6 (lessons followed shortly – thnaks Mom & Dad!).
As a teenager, playing for Tom Coleman III’s Young People’s Theater, then later,
Savannah Little Theater and Savannah Community Theatre, she was afforded
wonderful musical opportunities and great theater, as well as hilarious memories -
ask and the cockroach and West Side Story. Some of her favorite shows include
“Guys and Dolls,” “I Do! I Do!,” “Man of La Mancha,” and “Hands of the Spirit.” During
these times, Renee had the good fortune to work with [later] Tony-nominated
Isabelle Keating, Blue Man Group co-founder and actor Phillip Stanton, Savannah’s
extraordinary Gary Swindell, and Savannah Children’s Theater co-founder
Danny Filson, also Vice President, Savannah College of Art & Design.
This paved the way for becoming involved with area churches, including Savannah Christian
and Island’s Christian, playing with incredible local musicians and singers, including
two that Blues Review Quarterly Anniversary Edition calls…………………….
harp player Bobby Hanson and his partner Michael Amburgey on steel guitar,
Steffen Clark, Skip Hinely, Lonnie Mercier, Don Briola, Chip Skinner,
Ricky Stokes, whose song….. went to #1 on a Billboard Charts, Rick Gray, Gary Swindell, and
Renee studied music at Armstrong State C ollege before switching over and completing a
degree in Education. She has played venues in both Savannah and Hilton Head and loves
the warmth and musical environment of the low country.
Sholpan Beibitbayeva is originally from Kazakhstan, she first studied the violin at age 7 in the Kazakh Republic Special Music School. Beginning at age 8 she began playing with the violinist’s ensemble and performed on big stages including the Grand Kremlin Palace Concert Hall in Moscow Russia.
She continued her studies at the Conservatory of Music in Kazakhstan and received her Bachelor of Music in Performance and Teaching. During her University years she began to work in the Opera and Ballet Theatre. She then started to play in Radio and TV Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan.
Later, Sholpan and her violinist twin sister performed as a duo for two violins. They also performed as a duo for violin and guitar where Sholpan had success as a guitar player. As a duo, Sholpan and her twin sister performed in many events including Presidential performances and summit conferences around Russia and Kazakhstan.
Sholpan is currently advancing her music repertoire by studying jazz with Savannah Georgia’s famous jazz player and teacher, “Teddy Adams”.
Sholpan is currently performing with her new Duo called “AngelFire” in Savannah Georgia and surrounding areas.