Guest Artists

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Avguste Antonov, piano

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3:00 PM
"Rhapsody in Red, White and Blue"
McAfee Performing Arts Center, Saratoga

Pianist Avguste Antonov is a dedicated performer of 20th and 21st century American living composers and has performed world and USA premieres at venues across North America. Over the years, he has worked with composers Carter Pann, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, William Vollinger and others. 

Mr. Antonov has presented recitals in Bordeaux (France), Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee. He has been featured as soloist with many ensembles including the San Jose State University Wind Symphony, the San Jose Wind Symphony, the University City Symphony, the Alton Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Camerata and the Lakeland Community Orchestra.

In addition to performing, Mr. Antonov is active as a lecturer and adjudicator. He is a member of the International Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences and adjudicates the ENKOR Piano Competition. He has presented lectures and/or adjudicated for Carrollton Music Teachers Association, Frisco Music Teachers Association, Kansas Music Teachers Association, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.

Previous seasons' highlights include a recital at the Bulgarian Ambassador Residence in Washington, DC, the performance of Carter Pann's Concerto Logic with the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, a live performance for the Kansas Public Radio, the world and US Premiere of Matthew Saunders' Piano Concerto with the University City Symphony (University City, MO) and the Lakeland Community Orchestra (Kirtland, OH).

The 2018-2019 season will see Avguste Antonov performing in California, Kansas and Minnesota.


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Ballet Petit, Peggy Peabody, artistic director

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 3:00 PM
"Visions of Sugar Plum Fairies"
McAfee Performing Arts Center, Saratoga

Ballet Petit’s artistic director, Peggy Peabody, has been involved with ballet for most of her life. At the age of seven, she chose to focus on classical ballet under the watchful eye of her first teacher, Tricia Kaye. Peggy added to her performance experiences at the Regional Festivals of Dance, Lido Ballet School Productions, and the Oakland Metropolitan Ballet productions, such as The Nutcracker.

These experiences led to many special honors, including dancing the lead role of Clara in OMBC’s 10th Anniversary Nutcracker in 1970. In 1972, Violette Verdy of the New York City Ballet granted Peggy the prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarship. Two years later, Peggy began studying at the San Francisco Ballet School year round. As a high school senior in 1977, she began teaching ballet to preschool children two days a week.

In 1983, Peggy opened her first ballet school in Newark, with 24 students. Over the early years, Ballet Petit moved between Fremont and Newark, landing in Hayward in 2003. In 2013, Peggy was able to acquire her dream space, a permanent home for Ballet Petit, its current 15,000 square foot space in Hayward. This space is truly a model facility, designed to respect the work of dancers while bringing parents and families in to share the experience. Ballet Petit’s boasts an annual enrollment of classical ballet students over 250. Ballet Petit is honored to host the Oakland Ballet Boot Camp each July, a three-week Summer Intensive program for young dancers.

Peggy’s philosophy is simple, that ballet is an art form for everyone to access and appreciate. Ballet Petit’s foundation and culture are firmly based on this belief. Ballet Petit has survived pressures to turn ballet into sport through dance competition. Peggy has enjoyed 39 years of producing The Nutcracker. As the longest running Nutcracker in the East Bay, dancers and audiences alike have had the opportunity to enjoy this heartwarming holiday ballet written for children- and at Ballet Petit- performed by children who have been trained to appreciate the art of classical ballet.

Peggy earned a Liberal Arts degree from Holy Names University and her elementary school teaching credential from Cal State Hayward. In addition to managing Ballet Petit, Peggy taught elementary school in Hayward Unified School District until 2017, when she retired. In 2008, The Alameda County Board of Supervisors and The Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women honored “Miss Peggy” with the prestigious “Women’s Hall of Fame” award for Culture and Art. 


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Dallas Brass

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3:00 PM
"The Brass Ring"
McAfee Performing Arts Center, Saratoga

Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles.  The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges.  The Dallas Brass repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. According to Mr. Levine, "a Dallas Brass concert is intended for the entire family.  Our ideal audience has a range in ages from 5 to 95.  Our goal is to entertain and enrich by playing great music, while showing our audience how much we enjoy what we do."

In addition to their solo engagements, the Dallas Brass appears with symphony orchestras nationwide. Symphonic credits include the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel, New York Pops conducted by Skitch Henderson, and the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero.  The Dallas Brass has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has toured overseas to Europe and the Far East.  They have shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, have performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, have appeared on the CBS “Early Show,” and their music has been used numerous times on the television show, “The Young & The Restless.”

he ensemble has released seven recordings:  Debut, Dallas Brass II, A Merry Christmas with Brass, Windborne, Nutcracker, American Songbook and American Musical Journey.  The Dallas Brass has a strong dedication to working with young musicians, frequently going into the public schools to present clinics and workshops for students of all ages.


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Galen Lemmon, marimba

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 3:00 PM
"The Spirit of '76 (Trombones!)"
McAfee Performing Arts Center, Saratoga

Galen Lemmon is Director of Percussion Studies at San José State University. He received both his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Master’s degree in percussion performance from SJSU and has performed and taught in the Bay area for over 40 years. He was awarded a position in the San José Symphony when only 19 years old, and just three years later he was named principal percussionist with the same orchestra.

Mr. Lemmon lead a drive to raise $125K to save the old San Jose Symphony music library after they went bankrupt and is currently Treasurer of the San Jose Symphonic Music Library.   Mr. Lemmon was appointed Principal Percussion with the start up of Symphony Silicon Valley.  He is also Principal Percussionist with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop and has worked with world class artists such as Evelyn Glennie and Colin Currie, plus composers such as Christopher Rouse, Michael Daugherty, Philip Glass, Aaron Jay Kernis, Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts and John Adams.

Mr. Lemmon performs regularly as percussion soloist.  He performed the Rosauro Concerto for Marimba with the Wind Ensemble at SJSU in 2002.  In 2005 he performed the Schwantner Concerto for Percussion with the SJSU Wind Ensemble at the CMEA Conference in Sacramento and at the College Band Directors Conference in Fresno.  At the same time he was also performing the Milhaud Concerto for Percussion with the Pacific Chamber Orchestra.  In 2006 he performed the Creston Concerto for Marimba with the SJSU Orchestra. Mr. Lemmon performed Raise the Roof with the San Jose Symphonic Band and the SJSU Wind Ensemble in 2008, both with Dr. Edward Harris conducting.  He also played this same piece with the San Jose Wind Symphony at the National Conference of Community Bands in 2013.  In 2009 he performed Avner Dorman’s Spices, Perfumes and Toxins with the Cabrillo Music Festival, again in 2011 with Symphony Silicon Valley and in 2013 with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra.  He performed the Ziek Concerto for Percussion in 2010 with the San Jose Symphonic Band.

Mr. Lemmon records regularly at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County.  Recordings include commercials, Universal Studio rides, Disney and movie soundtracks.  He can be heard on video games “Gran Turismo”, “The Simpson’s”, “Star Wars: “The Force Unleashed”, “Uncharted”, “Uncharted II”, “Star Wars: The Old Republic”, “Starcraft II”, and Kinect Disneyland Adventures.  In January 2008 he recorded the music for the movie In the Electric Mist and can heard in the movies 18 Again and Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past.  In 2014 Clarice Assad released her new CD Imaginarium which Mr. Lemmon can be heard performing on marimba and other percussion instruments.

Mr. Lemmon has performed with every professional orchestra in the Bay area, including touring and recording with the San Francisco Symphony.  He has performed in musicals and is a regular performer with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.  He has participated numerous times at California Music Educators Conferences in the Bay area as well as Sacramento and Los Angeles.