GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Tyme Mientka and his wife, Kathryn, were always passionate about music; thus, their three children grew up hearing their musician parents play the cello and piano from the time they were babies. Tonight and Saturday, at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction, Kathryn Mientka and daughters Stephanie and Rosemarie, and son Gabe will perform in the Irish music and traditional dance concert, "Celtic Rhapsody," in honor of their father who died of cancer in March. The Mientkas, along with percussionist David Alderdice of Paonia, founded the Celtic band, Feast, in 2005. Joined by an ensemble of professional musicians, Feast presents the high energy Celtic concert each year to sold-out audiences in Grand Junction, Montrose and Glenwood Springs. Comprised of two violinists, a cellist, viola player, bassist, keyboardist and two percussionists, the band will also share the stage with two accomplished step dancers from Denver's Strictly Irish Dance Company."This whole show is in memory of our father," said 26-year old Gabe Mientka, who is visiting from Germany where he studies and teaches music.Gabe, like his father, plays cello; Stephanie, 23, plays the viola; and 20-year old Rosemarie is a dancer.Rosemarie is the guest artist for this performance, visiting from Nashville where she is enrolled in the training division of the Nashville Ballet. Rosemarie will perform a ballet and a modern dance piece."We'll also have two great Celtic step dancers" - Blaine Donovan and Jessica Lesser, Gabe said. "It's going to be exciting and surprising. It's an all-new show."Also performing with Feast are violinists Marcin Arendt and Filip Lazovski, bass player Ben Dekock, and percussionist Arlyn Deva. Vocalist Rebecca Arendt will sing.Concert-goers will hear songs such as "Strings of Fire," "Danny Boy," "Romanian Rhapsody," and "The Last Rose of Summer."It will be a wide mix, Gabe said, of "exciting fast-paced Irish music and slow, soulful Gaelic melodies."Tickets are available online at www.JunctionConcerts.com and Roper Music, 136 N. Fifth St. The concert is presented by the Western Slope Concert Series.
Grand Junction performance in memory of Tyme
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