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All About Bears

Get ready to clap, bounce and dance to this ONLINE Cuddle Concert "All About Bears."  We'll celebrate baby bears and grizzly bears with growls, snuggles and songs.  Enjoy the beautiful sounds of a piano trio featuring: VIOLIN, CELLO, PIANO, and of course host Ms. Susan, SOPRANO. 

Included with your registration is a preconcert activity led by UCR Arts to get you in the mood for some bear-y musical delights!

Online concert will be available Feb. 13 - 21. 

Available Feb. 13-21

Through generous partnership with UCR Arts and the City of Riverside we are delighted to share this special Valentine's Cuddle Concert free of charge! 

Register to watch the concert via this link!

Meet the Cuddle Concert Musicians!

Annemarie Guzy, Artistic Director

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Ms. Annemarie Guzy is a renowned artistic collaborator specializing in designing and producing exceptional live concerts and elevating educational experiences. Collaborations include numerous productions and education programs for and with organizations such as the Fred Rogers Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Park Service, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Dominican Dream Project, the Seattle Symphony and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program. With a Masters in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory, and a dual degree Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and Cultures and Music from Brown University, Ms. Guzy is recognized for her creativity, vibrancy, and innovative approach to live performance and educational programs nationally and internationally.  Ms. Guzy is also the Visual and Performing Arts Specialist for the Riverside Unified School District.

Susan Mohini Kane, soprano

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American soprano, teacher, and author, Susan Mohini Kane, has enjoyed a versatile career as an established classical and crossover vocal artist as well as an author and tenured professor of voice and opera at Cal State LA.  Kane’s "crystal-clear voice and impeccable technique" (LA Culture Spot Magazine) has kept her teaching and performing professionally for over two decades. 

Andréa Picard Boecker, violin

Violinist Andréa Picard Boecker’s musical and social involvement has brought her to perform in the most diverse venues, from Carnegie Hall to the slums of Delhi, India. As a recitalist and chamber player, she has been heard in Italy, France, Hungary and across the United States and Canada. Originally from Québec, Ms. Picard Boecker received her Master’s of Music in Violin Performance and Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory and earned the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal’s diploma with highest distinctions. A passionate pedagogue, Andréa Picard Boecker is currently on faculty at the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She also plays with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, where she serves as assistant principal to the second violins.  

Aristides Rivas, cello

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Grammy nominated cellist Aristides Rivas is a founding member of the fusion world music band Voci Angelica Trio. Rivas has performed at a wide range of international music venues and festivals such as Caramoor Music Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, the Barbican in England, Sejong Center in South Korea, and Teatro Colon in Argentina, among others. Rivas is a specialist in El Sistema-inspired youth music programs and has presented at international conferences such as South Korea’s state run El Sistema conference, the ITAC4 at Carnegie Hall, and the El Sistema USA Symposium in 2019. Rivas is a cello faculty at California Baptist University.

Alastair Edmonstone, piano

Dr. Alastair Edmonstone has performed as soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist throughout North America, Europe, and Africa, in venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, and the Seattle Art Museum.  A native of Perth, Scotland, Alastair holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington, a Master of Music and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and his undergraduate degree in Piano from Birmingham Conservatoire in England.  Currently, Dr. Edmonstone is the Collaborative Pianist and Music Director of Opera Theater at California State University San Bernardino.

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