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6/11/2012 9:01:00 AM
Four of Sedona's finest musicians take stage June 17
Jim Buchanan Presents ...
Allen Ames andMaryanne Kremer-Ames
Allen Ames and

Maryanne Kremer-Ames

Sunday, June 17, 3 p.m., Jim Buchanan, Maryanne Kremer- Ames, Allen Ames, and Lynne Wieneke will share the stage in a concert at Christ Lutheran Church in Sedona. These multi-talented and well-known artists have performed together numerous times in the past and are reuniting.

LYNNE WIENEKE is a well known singer/actress and has charmed audiences across the United States. For four years she recently traveled portraying the "Iowa Housewife" and also a second role of "Earth Mother" in the highly acclaimed show MENOPAUSE: THE MUSICAL. She has sung and acted several roles for the Disney Corp. in Orlando, Fla.

Prior to moving to Sedona from New York City in 1992, Lynne played the leading role of "Laurie" in the early '80s Broadway revival of OKLAHOMA. She has also worked with Stephen Sondheim in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, traveled in CANDIDE, and played other roles too numerous to mention. She performed as a featured soloist with Flagstaff Symphony four times while living in Sedona.

Wieneke has been very fortunate in LA these past few months . . . she can be seen in a You Tube music video called . . . Leavin' Footprints," a featured role in an "Indy feature film" called 5 MINUTES, a featured role in a "Short" called DEAR DAD and just finished filming a role in a "Pilot" called CAMP WINDSTONE, which is being pitched to TV networks at the present time.

Lyra was formed in 1987 by classical guitarist Maryanne Kremer and violinist Allen Ames, performing their debut concert at the Phoenix Art Museum. Lyra has, since then, played all over Arizona, as well as California, New Mexico and New York. The duo has been featured on television and radio broadcasts, performed and recorded with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra on its award-winning CD, Music from the Magnificent Seven, and played with Dave Brubeck in his Fiesta de la Posada Christmas Cantata. Lyra has also performed many concerts and residencies for the Arizona Commission on the Arts

For 20 years, Lyra has been engaged as the annual summer ensemble in residence at the Briar Patch Inn in Sedona and was featured for fifteen years at the Noches de las Luminarias at the Phoenix Botanical Garden. In 1996, Allen, a trained luthier, created the six-string, five octave Violira to expand Lyra's tonal range. Maryanne, with a degree in symphonic percussion, has composed many compositions for Lyra, based on her orchestral experience. Lyra has released four CDs: Lyra, Violin and Guitar; Way Back Tomorrow; Four Hands, One Heart; and Christmas with Lyra.

MARYANNE KREMER-AMES is a veteran of the New York Music Scene, having performed in most of the major halls, including Avery Fisher, Alice Tully and Carnegie Recital Hall. She has toured as a percussionist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Garden State Percussion Trio, touring for Young Audiences of New Jersey. She also played for opera and show orchestras in New York City.

In New York, Maryanne taught at the American Institute of Guitar and the Mannes College of Music, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Guitar and Percussion. In Phoenix, she directed the guitar department at Phoenix College for 10 years and has played extensively as a soloist and with many ensembles including LYRA, Sonora, and numerous chamber ensembles. She has performed with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and can be heard on the PSO's award winning recording of The Magnificent Seven. She received her Master's Degree in Guitar from ASU in 1989.

ALLEN AMES grew up in Phoenix and began playing the violin at age 10, studying with Wayne Clark, Max Mandel, William Majors, Frank Spinoza, Theodora McMillan and James Buswell. He studied composition with Janne Irvine and James DeMars, and was apprenticed to the late Carl Reiter as a violin maker.

Allen has played with orchestras, chamber ensembles and jazz groups, including the Arizona Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, the Phoenix, Amabile and Philharmonic String Quartets, the TOS Performing Arts Ensemble, and jazz artists such as Nadine Jansen, Keith Greko, Nuance, Prince Shell and Schoolboy Porter.

Since 1985, Allen has been exploring a wider field of musical improvisation, playing and recording with harpist Ani Williams, Klezmer legend Schlomo Carlbach, Navajo musicians Sharon Burch, R. Carlos Nakai and Mary Redhouse, and other adventurous artists. He currently plays with LYRA, the William Eaton Ensemble, Meadowlark, and Mosaico Flamenco.

Allen presently tours with the show 'Three Redneck Tenors."

JIM BUCHANAN has been Music Minister at Christ Lutheran Church for 18 years. He has studied piano, organ, clarinet, and classical guitar. He currently directs two choral groups, and a handbell choir in addition to being Office Administrator. His professional affiliations include American Guild of Organists, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Jim is well known in the Sedona area and has recorded six solo piano CDs, a CD with singer/actress Lynne Wieneke, and given numerous concerts in Sedona and Phoenix. His ongoing concert series, "JIM BUCHANAN and Friends," has been a huge success over the past 17 years. Jim's latest CD is "Blessed Christmas, Organ Meditations".

There is no admission fee. Donations are appreciated to compensate the artists and to cover advertising expenses. The church is located at the roundabout on SR 179 and Chapel Road between Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek.

For further information call 300-2117.

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