Art Series continues with Tuesday show

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The Almeida Duo will perform at 8 p.m. next Tuesday at Gheens Recital Hall

By Zac Oakes


The second show of the Central Kentucky Arts Series is quickly coming up, and CKAS board member Lisa Gupton is very excited about next Tuesday’s show.

“We are very excited about this show, and for all the shows that we have coming up this year,” Gupton said.

The show will be a concert involving the Almeida Duo, which consists of Denis Almeida Santos and Saulo DeAlmeida.

Denis is a Campbellsville University alumnus and former teacher there, and now he is currently the worship minister at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Saulo currently teaches cello and jazz music at the Campbellsville University School of Music.

“With the Central Kentucky Arts Series, we try to bring in things to the community that are not typical things Campbellsville would have,” Gupton said. “But as we were putting   together our shows this year, we realized that we had some world-class talent right here, so let’s showcase them.”

Both men are originally from Brazil, but had never met in the United States. Denis said they grew up on opposite sides of the country. After meeting each other in Campbellsville, they discovered their common bond—their love for music.

Both Denis and Saulo discovered that they love a variety of music, and both possess natural talent for playing.

After that, they began performing together. The duo officially began in 2011, according to Denis.

As for the show on Tuesday, which begins at 8 p.m. EST at the Gheens Recital Hall on the campus of Campbellsville University, Denis said those who attend can expect a jazz concert with a little bit of a twist.

“It’s something you typically wouldn’t hear in this area,” he said. “It’s interesting because we challenged ourselves to see how far our creativity could take us on transforming jazz music… We came up with different ways of playing the music and different ways of arranging it, and people have really seemed to like it… We are really excited to perform at this concert.”

Instead of a traditional jazz ensemble, Denis said that the audience will hear a unique version consisting of flute and cello music, as well as other instruments. Denis also hinted at a particular surprise during the concert, but said people will have to attend to see what it is going to be.

The Almeida Duo has taken their musical talents across the country and even internationally. The duo has performed for audiences in Brazil, Japan, and South Korea, according to Denis, as well as several shows in Kentucky and a tour in Florida.

For this concert however, the duo will be joined by Dr. William Budai, associate professor of piano at CU, and Dr. Chad Floyd, associate professor of percussion at CU.

Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets will be $10 for adults, children 5-12 will be $5, and children four and under will be admitted free. Season tickets will also be available at the door, according to Gupton.

More information about the Central Kentucky Arts Series can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting Lisa Gupton at (270) 789-1712.