The Helios Ensemble, a sixteen-voice chamber choir founded by Kevin Sutton, will be hosting a wine-tasting fundraiser hosted by local radio personality Rick Vanderslice the evening of February 2nd at a private residence near White Rock Lake in Dallas. Rick, winner of the Katie Award for excellence in journalism, is a well known talk-show host on both radio and television.
Musical entertainment will be provided by classical guitar virtuoso Michael Tillman, and wine samples will be provided by The Wine Therapist. Funds raised at the event will go to support The Helios Ensemble Sustaining Fund, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the chamber choir.
To reserve a place at the event, contact Helios Ensemble Artistic
Director Kevin Sutton at (214) 455-8380
Kevin Sutton founded The Helios Ensemble in 1993 as a 5-voice chamber choir. By 1999 it had grown to a 24-voice choir. Today the group consists of sixteen singers. Kevin’s background in music dates back to 1986 when he graduated with a Vocal Performance degree from Ball State University. Since then he has earned a Master of Church Music degree from Scarritt Graduate School and pursued additional studies as a conductor.
Michael Tillman has been playing the guitar for over 20 years and pursued it professionally as a career for the past decade. He graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Music, specializing in guitar, voice, and cello. Michael is continuing his education in music through graduate school at the University of Texas at Dallas. So far Michael has released two full-length albums and his third album, with a working title of International, is expected to be released in late 2013.
I was honored to play for the Carroll/Stiesberg wedding yesterday at the Wildwood Inn in Denton. I had not been acquainted prior with the Wildwood, it’s a beautiful little setting tucked back off of Lillian Miller. The ceremony was outside, and then we moved in to the main seatin area. I played the first hour of the reception before the playlist started the daning.
For the processional, I played Vivaldi’s Adagio (from the Concerto for Lute and Strings) and Lagrima by Francisco Tarrega. For the recessional, I arranged “It’s Now or Never” by Elvis Presley.
I look forward to being out at the Wildwood again. Many thanks to the families for making me so welcome, and to the staff for being so helpful. It was a perfect Fall evening, and a beautiful wedding.
Joe Elizaondo of Menkenna and Jennifer Richardson of Cherry-Coloured Funk had their wedding this weekend, and I was honored to play guitar for their service and for the first part of their reception.
I played Vivaldi’s Adagio from his Concierto for Lute and Strings (RV93) and the Bridal Chorus for the procession, and Sons de Carrilhoes by Pernambucco for the recessional.
It was a lovely outdoor garden event, and it’s always an honor to be hired by musicians for musicians.
I’ve played quite a few weddings this season – if you are interested in adding classical guitar to your ceremony, don’t wait or hesitate!
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I was honored this morning to play for the congregation at the Cathedral of Hope for their 9 and 11 a.m. serviced. Many thanks to Reverend Jo Hudson, Music Director David David Moldenhauer, and Conductor Sean Sean Baugh for having me. I’ll be playing a concert at their Interfaith Peace Chapel this evening at 7:00 p.m. – if you’ve ever wanted to hear me play without an entire restaurant of noise, and find out a little about the actual songs I’m singing, tonight is your chance. Love to all of you today.
If you are in Denton, you are probably familiar with the fire out at the Selwyn School some seven weeks ago.
I participated in a book fair at Barnes and Noble geared towards raising money/awareness in the community to help, and they have written a very nice thank you to everyon involved – Selwyn School Newsletter.
If you wish to help and donate, please visit “Donate Selwyn Growth Fund.”
The homepage for the school is here – The Selwyn School.
I was honored that they asked me to participate, and hope that they are back on track very soon.