Acoustic Voices Series 2010-11

The Ruth B. Shannon Center for Performing Arts proudly announces the 2010-11 Acoustic Voices Series. This series will present the voices of acoustic performers typically heard in coffee houses, bars, and on public radio. They won't all be in the same style or genre —indeed some of them will defy all categories—but will all provide soulful and moving performances. The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts is located at 6760 Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90608, Whittier College. Season subscription orders are now being accepted; $60 general and $50 seniors and students. Single performances will go on sale July 22; $20 general admission, $15 seniors and students. or 562.907.4203.


Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin - Sunday, November 21 at 4:00 p.m.

Together Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin create Folk, Bluegrass, and Americana music who's shows are uplifting and energetic. Their songs range from up-tempo bluegrass to groovy jazzy acoustic pop to heart wrenching ballads with a focus on memorable lyrics, stunning musicianship, and beautiful vocal harmonies.  Stephanie is an accomplished singer/songwriter. While her first-rate fiddling combines elements of bluegrass and jazz, in her essence there is tribute to such masters as Stephane Grappelli, Byron Berline, and Johnny Gimble. Bettman is the winner of several awards. She was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2008 So Cal live Acoustic Music Competition and a Winner in the 2007 Topanga Banjo/Fiddle contest.  Luke was formerly a member of the band Fanny Grace. With them, he worked all over the country opening for such musical heavyweights as Merle Haggard, Lone Star and The Steve Miller Band. Luke's perfectly blended harmonies and his instrumental expertise together with Stephanie’s artistry and performance make for a dynamic experience audiences are discovering from coast to coast.


Muriel Anderson & Tierra Negra - Sunday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m.

Muriel Anderson's music encompasses many genres on both guitar and harp guitar. She was the first woman to win the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship and was also awarded a bronze level for classical in the 2009 Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Players Choice poll. Her audiences are delighted with a range of music from international, folk, classical, jazz, pop, and bluegrass. She has been composing since the age of six and has published works for guitar and orchestra, voice, and solo guitar.

Tierra Negra, Germany's most successful guitar duo belongs to the protagonists of Flamenco Nuevo worldwide. Since their discovery in 1997 in Montreal, Canada, and the record contract that followed, the duo Leo Henrichs and Raughi Ebert have produced a total of six CDs.  Their compositions are featured on countless international guitar compilations. Numerous concert tours brought them all over Europe, Canada and the US. Without losing the thread to the Rumba-Flamenco tradition of the Camargue and Spain, Tierra Negra creates a unique combination of folklore, lounge, and pop elements in their music.