Saturday January 29, 2022
Celil and Amanda Kaya, Duo Guitar Violin Concert
Celil Kaya, guitar
Amanda Kaya, violin
August to April Series
Festival Concert Hall
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celil Kaya guitar
Celil and Amanda Kaya, guitar and violin
A Revelation in Music!

Celil and Amanda Kaya will bring the sounds of guitar and violin to the Festival Concert Hall in Round Top on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 3 PM. See the Repertoire below. See Biographies below.

Adult $30. Student $10. General seating. Buy tickets in advance online or by calling 979-249-3129. Concert tickets will be held at the will call table on the west side of the concert hall. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door. Only credit cards and checks accepted. Doors open 1 hour prior to the concert at 2 PM. Masks are strongly recommended.

Lunch will be available prior to the concert at 12:45 PM in the Menke House Dining Hall, by reservation only, $30.00 plus tax per person. Purchase meals here or by phone when you purchase your concert tickets in advance. The buffet-style pre-concert meal includes an entree, salad bar, vegetable, bread, dessert, iced tea and coffee.

Overnight accommodations are available on campus for this concert weekend.

Office/Information/Room Reservations: 979-249-3129

Concert Hall Location: 248 Jaster Rd, Round Top, TX 78954
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Menke House Location: 141 Jaster Rd, Round Top, TX 78954
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Celil Refik Kaya appears as a soloist and international artist touring around the United States and Europe. Since his concert debut at the age of 6, Dr. Celil Refik Kaya has received high accolades for his myriad accomplishments since an early age. He is the youngest First Prize winner in the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition with the Buffalo Philharmonic, one of two three-time prizewinners of the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, prizewinner of international guitar competitions including throughout the United States, and highlighted award winner in the Texas International Guitar Competition among others. In May of 2017 he was awarded "Rising Young Musician of the Year" by the Donizettti Music Classical Awards in Istanbul. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conductor JoAnn Falletta commends Mr. Kaya as "a superb musician in every sense." American Record Guide has called his performances "just perfect," and numerous critics from around the world applaud Mr. Kaya's playing as being "seemingly effortless." Celil Refik Kaya Biography

Amanda Braud Kaya began her music study at the age of five with her mother teaching her piano. She found interest in the violin at the age of eight and viola shortly after. She began her private studies with renowned violin teacher Karen Khanagov. Amanda began her classical guitar studies at her performing arts high school at the age of 11. She continued playing classical guitar as a secondary elective at the University of Oklahoma under the tutelage of Larry Hammett. After her studies at the University of Oklahoma, she has studied with renowned guitarist and performer, Celil Refik Kaya as well as master guitar pedagogue Raffi Arslanyan of Turkey. Amanda is a 2015 viola alumna of Round Top Festival Institute. She teaches guitar, violin and viola at Fort Lee School of Music in New Jersey. She is also a string coordinator at New Jersey City University. Amanda Kaya Biography

Top of Page   Repertoire
Introduction and Rondo No. 2, op. 2 (1827)
Dionisio Aguado
Suite in e (transcription by Celil Refik Kaya)
Slow Aire
Jean Baptiste Loeillet
Suite Española, Op. 47 (1886)
Isaac Albeniz

Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (1915)
Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)
Brâul (Sash Dance)
Topogó / Pe loc (In One Spot)
Bucsumí tánc / Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
Román polka / Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
Aprózó / Mărunțel (Fast Dance)
Celil and Amanda Kaya
Béla Bartók
Celil and Amanda Kaya
Celil Refik Kaya
(b. 1991)
Siete Canciones populares Españolas (1915)
El Paño Moruno
Seguidilla Murciana
Celil and Amanda Kaya
Manuel de Falla