Liudmila Bondar is an accomplished pianist who began playing at the age of 5. Trained in both the United States & Russia, Ms. Bondar has established herself as a highly regarded soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, educator & director, who has performed and taught throughout the United States & Internationally. She released her first album, “Evening Serenade”, a collaboration with bassist Ed Fedewa, in 2017. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Piano & Aural Skills at Lansing Community College, as well as an instructor at the MSU Community Music School. In addition to her current teaching positions, she has also served as a graduate assistant at MSU, an instructor at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, MI, and as an Assistant Professor at Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Fine Arts in Russia.
A longstanding member of Mid-Michigan’s classical music scene, Ms. Bondar is an active performer and educator who frequently performs at the Turner-Dodge House and was a featured artist in their commercial video production. She has performed alongside numerous acclaimed artists including the late Dimiti Hvorostovsky. Ms. Bondar has a vast classical repertoire, but is also well versed in the work of George Winston, Yiruma, and can play both light-jazz & jazz combos. In addition to her extensive solo performances, she has also performed as part of theatrical productions, choral groups & choirs.
Ms. Bondar received a 1st Degree Diploma in Church Music and Choir Conducting from the St. Petersburg Theological Academy in Russia, and has earned two Master’s Degrees, one from Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Fine Arts in Russia, and one in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Michigan State University.
Ms. Bondar has a passion for music, and enjoys sharing her knowledge & expertise with piano enthusiasts of all ages. She is available for both private piano lessons and to perform live music for a variety of special occasions.
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Edward R. Truitt, an accomplished choreographer and performer, is an associate professor of dance at West Texas A&M University, and is the former artistic director of the Lone Star Ballet Company in Amarillo, TX. Truitt, an internationally awarded choreographer and Fulbright Specialist, has over four decades of dance experience. His award winning work has been performed in multiple countries throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
He has performed principal and soloist roles professionally in some of the world’s most recognizable ballets including Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Swan Lake, and the Nutcracker. Truitt was a principal soloist with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet Company, Santa Barbara Ballet Theatre and Omaha Ballet Theatre. He has also performed in feature films, television, and the professional stage in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Moscow, and Paris.
Truitt, who holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and an MFA in dance from the University of Oregon, has taught workshops and master classes at universities and dance companies throughout the United States, including at the American College Dance Festival, and the Northwest Drama Conference. His original ballet, Kinetic Ties, was awarded first place for best contemporary ballet and second place for best overall choreography at the Grand Prix Italia International Dance Festival in Cesena, Italy. He was also given the opportunity to set his work, Misguided Faith, on the esteemed Kannon Dance Company in St. Petersburg, Russia. Truitt has taken seven trips to Russia, teaching and presenting his choreography in Krasnoyarsk, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, and Moscow.
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Thank you to Audrey Matusz & The Lansing City Pulse for the wonderful article about Opportunity Arts' Artists' Networking Event at EagleMonk Pub & Brewery! Check out the article HERE, or click the image below.
In this episode we meet Mike Marriott from Peoria, Illinois who found is way to Lansing, Michigan by way of New York City and Long Island, New York. Partly because somewhere along the way he became a Detroit Lions fan. This will be an ongoing series about the arts & entertainment world, aka 'show business' and how it pertains to what's happening in Metro Lansing.
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Matt Bliton Band will be performing at Urban Beat in Lansing's Old Town Neighborhood on Saturday, July 27th at 8:00pm. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. The band's third Album, 'Out of the Woods' will be released this Fall.
For more information about their upcoming engagement at Urban Beat, check out their Facebook Event Here.
For more information about the band, visit www.mattbliton.com.
*Matt Bliton Band is an Opportunity Arts Affiliate*
Opportunity Arts will be hosting an Artists’ Networking Event at EagleMonk Pub & Brewery on July 25th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. All Artists & Creatives are welcome. The event is free to attend, and craft beer, hard cider, wine, and food are available for purchase.
The idea came about when Opportunity Arts owner Mike Marriott envisioned an event where Mid-Michigan artists could gather together, network, and discuss their art & creativity. “I wanted to see what would happen when a dancer, a musician, a poet, and a film maker were all under the same roof, and began to share creative ideas,” said Marriott. “The more that artists can familiarize themselves with each other’s work, and see how they can work together, the more creativity they will be able to foster as a community.”
Opportunity Arts is excited to partner with EagleMonk Pub & Brewery on this event. EagleMonk Pub & Brewery is a huge supporter of local arts with new local artists work on the pub walls every month, & live original music on Wednesdays. This month, a donation from EagleMonk Pub & Brewery’s “Giving Tap” will go to support Happendance’s Public School Education Program, another partnership which Opportunity Arts facilitated.
About Opportunity Arts:
Opportunity Arts was created to fill the needs of artists and arts organizations who require promotional & administrative services to be successful. The company’s business model allows artists and arts entities to enlist services when needed. Individual artists & art collectives have utilized Opportunity Arts as their administrative team, while arts organizations have hired Opportunity Arts to handle specific promotional projects. By providing affordable administrative & promotional services to artists & arts organizations, Opportunity Arts empowers them to do what they do best, create works of art.
About EagleMonk Pub & Brewery:
EagleMonk Pub and Brewery was opened August 15, 2012 by Dan & Sonia Buonodono. The brewhouse is a 7-barrel system, making 217 gallons at a time. There are always 12 beers on tap, 2 on cask, 3 wines and 2 ciders on tap. EagleMonk Pub & Brewery also serves barrel aged specialty beers. As customers walk into the pub they will notice the ceiling full of hanging mugs. This is EagleMonk Pub and Brewery’s mug club which currently has almost 1900 members. The mugs are made by 3 local potters and are available with the lifetime mug club membership. EagleMonk Pub & Brewery invites you to stop in for a visit and have a craft beer & house made pizza.
News about Opportunity Arts and it's Affiliates.
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The Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center Becomes an Opportunity Arts Affiliate.
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The Poetry Room with
Masaki Takahashi becomes
Opportunity Arts Affiliates.