We are excited to be hosting an intimate evening of music and dance on Saturday May 10 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 evening!
AngelFire duo are violinist Sholpan Beibitbayeva (pictured with her violin) and pianist Renee Miles. The Saturday 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). As a teenager, playing for Tom Coleman III’s Young People’s Theater, later for Stageside Deserts and Savannah Community Theater, she was afforded wonderful musical opportunities as well as hilarious memories – ask about the cockroach showcased in “West Side Story.” Some of her favorite shows include “Guys and Dolls”, “I Do! I Do!” and “Visionary Man.”
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 and playing with incredible local musicians and singers, including two that the premier Blues Review Quarterly Magazine [Anniversary Edition] very favorably reviewed, harmonica player Bobby Hanson and his partner Michael Amburgey on steel guitar, as well as Skip Hinely, Lonnie Mercier, Rob Vandemay, Don Briola, Chip Skinner, Rick Gray, Ricky Stokes, Andrew Durant, Ronn Alford, and Zachary Miles.
Renee studied music at Armstrong State College before switching over and completing a degree in Education, teaching middle school in Chatham County. She has played venues in both Savannah and Hilton Head. She 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.