The dynamic father-son piano duo, Ryan & Ryan, will be tickling the ivories at your McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center in Wautoma, WI on Saturday February 9th at 7:00 PM. This performance is made possible by the support of Heid Music, Moose Inn, Pioneer Floral and Greenhouses and Wautoma Kiwanis Club.
Ryan & Ryan blends classic and contemporary music into an enthralling concert experience. From Rachmaninoff to Gershwin to Billy Joel, Donald and Barron Ryan combine their talents to create a dazzling blend of old and new schools.
A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Donald came to the United States to study music, earning degrees from Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa. He is well known as a master of diverse styles—evidenced by a diploma from the 9th International Chopin Competition as well as his induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Donald has also earned the distinction of being among the most accomplished pianists in the world as a Steinway Artist.
Given his father’s profession, Barron’s choice of playing the piano is no surprise, and he has been no stranger to the stage since the age of four. He distinguished himself in piano studies at the University of Oklahoma and has been a featured soloist at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, among many other venues. Barron has also been a prizewinner in numerous piano competitions, including the Oklahoma Israel Exchange Young Artists Competition in 2011.
As a performing team, Donald and Barron amaze audiences with their skill, expressiveness, and love of making music. Their experience in classical, jazz, ragtime, and funk allows them to create exciting new music and give fresh interpretations of old. Audiences everywhere have been thrilled by their renditions of selections from Grusin’s The Firm soundtrack as well as Rachmaninoff’s Second Suite for Two Pianos. Their performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue has always earned a standing ovation.
The pair also emphasizes education. Each pianist has had extensive experience as a featured performer/speaker in the classroom—from earliest grades through university level—and so the duo understands well how to use music as a motivational tool for students.
Ryan & Ryan is a proven hit with audiences of all generations. Their inventiveness, infectiousness, skill and general joy of life make for irresistibly engaging performances. To sum it up, they make music that inspires.
The performance will include musical pieces like “Take the ‘A’ Train” by Duke Ellington, “Kickin’ the Clouds Away” by George Gershwin, “Hammerhead” by Carl Sonny Leyland and “Willow, Weep for Me” by Ann Ronell.
Donald and Barron Ryan will be conducting two workshops on Friday February 8th with area students. For more information about these workshops, please contact the Executive Director, Josiah, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets, $32, to Ryan & Ryan are available at the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center located at 514 S. Cambridge St., Wautoma. The box office is staffed two weeks before the performance, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Monday, January 28th and four hours before the performance on Saturday February 9th. On top of being open two weeks before a performance, the box office will also be open on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., throughout the season.
Ask our box office volunteers about adding a dinner ticket to Moose Inn to your purchase for an extra $18 charge.
Tickets for any of our performances this season and gift certificates can be ordered anytime by phone at (920) 787-2189 or on our website at www.mccombbruchspac.com. Visa, Discover and MasterCard are accepted. Group and student discounts are available. For more information, follow us on Facebook or Instagram.