Welcome

Tango Swing & Bling 2019 (See Program & Full Concert Video Below)

Great fun!  Vivant! and company enjoyed performing at the Fremar Foundation Annual Concert Event. We were pleased and excited to have fabulous soprano, Melanie Melcher join us on several numbers.  Cellist Eman Chalshotori wowed the audience with his virtuosity and musicality while playing two numbers with duo partner, Karen Fremar on accordion.  Of course, Vivant! brought a little extra dazzle and fun to their concert attire by appearing all decked out in their new red shoes!

Thank you to our donors who helped to make the concert possible. We were happy to have two of our Fremar Foundation scholarship recipients in attendance.  Many appreciated the lobby art show by Jezeriah Simpson, our 2019 scholarship recipient (now at Baker University as an art major), the antique accordion display by John Brungardt, and the reception hosted by Dee Sligar and sister-in-law, Bev Sligar.  Mayson Lane, our 2017 scholarship recipient (now attending Oberlin College in Ohio), was also in attendance and was recognized for his performing tour in Amman, Jordan and also his California concert tour with his string quartet from Oberlin.  Below are some photos, the program, and the full concert video (5 segments).

Vivant! in action with Guest Artist, Melanie Melcher, Soprano

Board Member and Vivant! Pianist, Melody Stroth, presentation to Jezeriah Simpson, 2019 Fremar Scholarship Recipient 

Karen Fremar and Jezeriah Simpson, 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Karen Fremar and Melody Stroth announce scholarship renewal for Oberlin College Violinist, Mayson Lane

Guest Artist Melanie Melcher, soprano performing Karen Fremar's "Three Songs from The Prophet Song Cycle" 

with Julie Silfverberg, accordion and Dee Sligar, bass in the background).

Eman Chalshotori & Karen Fremar, Cello/Accordion Duo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting up Reception Event Photos: Jezeriah Simpson setting up his art show; Jezeriah painting of tennis shoes; Reception hostess, Dee Sligar at one of the reception tables, Antique accordion display by John Brungardt, Barbara Beadle at the CD Merch Counter.

Tango, Swing & Bling 2019 Program

Vivant!

(L-R) Karen Fremar, Brian Steever, Dee Sligar, Melody Stroth, Judy Johnson, Janne Silfverberg, Melanie Melcher (guest soprano), Julie Silfverberg, Eman Chalshotori 

Tango, Swing & Bling 2019 Full Concert Video

Concert VIdeo I.

Concert Video II.

Concert Video III.

Concert Video IV.

Concert Video V.

 


Coming Sunday August 25, 2019

Tango, Swing & Bling 2019

4:00 p.m. Reception; 4:30 p.m. Concert

Leawood United Methodist Church

2915 W. 95th Street, Leawood, KS 66206

Featuring Vivant!

Soprano, Melanie Melcher Cuthbertson

Chalshotori & Fremar Cello/Accordion Duo

Art Show in the Lobby by 2019 Scholarship Winner Jezeriah Simpson

Vivant!

Back row: Julie Silfverberg, Accordion; Eman Chalshotori, Cello; Karen Fremar, Accordion/Vocals; Front row: Melody Stroth, piano; Janne Silfverberg, Trombone/Latin Percussion; Brian Steever, Drums; Dee Sligar, Bass; and Judy Johnson, flute.

Program featuring works by Piazzolla, Popper, de Falla, Moore, Fremar, Lennon/McCartney and more. 

Public welcome. Donations at the door to support the Fremar Foundation Scholarship Fund appreciated.


Jezeriah Simpson 2019 Scholarship Award Winner

The Fremar Foundation recently awarded its $1,000 scholarship to outstanding artist, Jezeriah Simpson, of Fort Scott, Kansas.  Jezeriah ("Jez") has has been a serious student of art for thirteen years and has won numerous awards for his murals and drawings.  He is the President of his Uniontown High School Senior Class, is a multiple-sport athlete, and is a member of the Honor Society.  Jezeriah has been accepted to attend Baker University to major in studio art and portraits on a full-ride scholarship.  He is interested in applying his skills to product design, and plans to continue on to do graduate work in art engineering and design at the University of Kansas.  Jez is pictured above with Karen Fremar in front of a mural he painted of the Uniontown Eagles mascot along with several of his art works.  Congratulations, Jez!


      Mayson Lane 2017 Scholarship Winner Update

Violinist, Mayson Lane (2nd from Left) with his String Quartet

Fremar Foundation Scholarship Winner, Mayson Lane, reports that he recently toured and performed concerts in the Middle East, with select musicians from Oberlin Conservatory, in Ohio, where he is currently a violin performance major.  The tour featured Mayson perfoming several concerts at the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and also for refugee students.  His string quartet will be spending the summer performing concerts in California and at several music festivals across the USA.  The foundation is honored to continue its sponsorship of Mayson as he builds his musical career.  Mayson graduated at the top of his senior class from Fort Scott High School in 2017.  


Vivant! Presents Full Concert on Ruel Joyce Recital Series at JCCC

October 1, 2018 - Carlsen Center

Vivant! in Concert

Top Photo: Vivant! In Concert. Lower Photo: Backstage (Front Row) Janne Silfverberg, Trombone, Latin Percussion; Brian Steever, Drums. (Back Row) Eman Chalshotori, Cello; Julie Silfverberg, Accordion; Judy Johnson, Flute; Melody Stroth, Piano; Dee Sligar, Bass; Karen Fremar, Accordion. 

Vivant! Otono Porteno & Fracanapa in Concert October 1, 2018 Carlsen Center


Scholarship Winner Brenna Bower at Pitt State University

 

 

 

2018 Scholarship Winner, Brenna Bower, Trumpet, is hard at work at Pittsburg State University this year.  She participates in Marching Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, as well as private study on Trumpet.  Brenna is a political science major carrying a full load.  She is also working at the Bicknell Arts Center in Pittsburg part-time, where she has assisted with the production of several Broadway Shows.  Brenna hopes to continue on to Law School after graduation and plans to continue to always contribute musically by participating in a community orchestra.  We are happy to lend our support to this talented and hard-working student and applaud her diligence! Brenna was a leader in her school and in music at Uniontown High School, where she graduated with top honors in the Senior Class of 2018. 

 

 

 

 


Tango Swing & Bling 2018

TS&B Musicians On Stage Performed Together and an Encore

Vivant! Performing at Tango Swing & Bling 2018

Margie Fremar (1969 Fort Scott Tribune Photo)

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Fremar Music Studio Founder, musician and teacher, Margie Fremar (1918-2005).

                                           Vivant! Performing Piazzolla's La Muerte del Angel

All 2018 Tango Swing & Bling Musicians

Slava Miniaev, Jim Dennihan, Ludmila Lupacheva, Julie Silfverberg, Karen Fremar, Eman Chalshotori, Janne Silfverberg, Melody Stroth

Mayson Lane, Brian Steever, Dee Sligar, and Judy Johnson

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quintessential - Dvorak Bagatelles Op. 47, I

Mayson Lane & Melody Stroth Performing Estrellita by Ponce (arr. Heifetz

 

 

 

 


JOIN US for a Full Vivant! Recital on October 1 at JCCC on the Ruel Joyce Recital Series

12:00pm Noon in Polsky Hall

 

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

Leawood United Methodist Church 95th Street East of Mission Road 

Featuring Vivant!,  Mayson Lane, & Quintessential

Check out

Melody's Facebook Post Below

 

Leawood United Methodist Church 95th Street, Leawood, Kansas 4:30 p.m. Concert 

Preceded by Lobby Reception


Vivant! in Full Recital

Featured on Ruel Joyce Recital Series at Johnson County Community College

October 1, 2018 at Noon, Polsky Hall


Brenna Bower, Trumpet  ~ 2018 Fremar Foundation Scholarship Winner

Uniontown High School Senior

Trumpeter Brenna Bower of Uniontown High School has been selected to receive the Fremar Foundation’s 2018 Scholarship Award of $1,000.  Brenna has received 1 Ratings for her Trumpet Solos at State and has received multiple selections for SEK District Band, All-State & 4-State Honor Bands, and Mid-America All-Star and Kansas Masonic All-State Marching Bands.   She is in the National Honor Society and is a Class Officer.  Brenna is a private music student of Leota Anthony in Fort Scott.  She plans to pursue degree work next fall at Pittsburg State University in Political Science, as well as a minor in Music. 

Congratulations, Brenna!

 

 


Foundation Presents Quintessential in Chamber Music Concert

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Quintessential Chamber Ensemble

Judy Johnson, Flute; Slava Miniaev, Viola/Violin; Karen Fremar, Accordion;

Jim Dennihan, Piano; Ludmila Lupacheva, Cello. 

The Fremar Foundation will present Quintessential in concert performing music by Bach, Dvorak, Fremar, Gaubert, Piazzolla, Farrenc, and Lloyd-Webber.  Members of Quintessential are graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and the UMKC Conservatory.  The concert will be presented at Bishop Spencer Place, 4301 Madison, Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 3 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend. 

 


Vivant! 2017 

Photos and Videos Below of Tango Swing & Bling 2017

 

 

Piazzolla: Concierto Para Quinteto

Bart Howard: Fly Me To The Moon

Fremar: Vexation

   

                 Chicago: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 8, 2017  ~ Annual Foundation Concert
"Tango Swing & Bling"

Reception at 4 p.m. ~ Concert at 4:30 p.m.
Prairie Baptist Church ~ 75th & Roe ~ Prairie Village, Kansas 66208
Public is Invited 
Donations for our Scholarship and Music Programs are Welcome
Vivant! in Concert 2016

Program: Music by Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Astor Piazzolla ~ Concierto para Quinteto, Soledad and Otono Porteno, Jason Scheufler ~ Cinematic Caricatures, Antonio Carlos Jobim ~ One Note Samba, Karen Fremar ~ Intro and Allegro and Vexation, Bart Howard ~ Fly Me to the Moon, and a few other fun works.

Featuring Vivant! Musicians ~ Melody Stroth, Piano; Julie Silfverberg, Accordion; Dee Sligar, Bass; Eman Chalshotori, Cello; Janne Silfverberg, Congas and Trombone; Karen Fremar, Accordion and Vocals; Brian Steever, Drums; Judy Johnson, Flute; Jason Scheufler, Guitar. 

All are welcome to enjoy refreshments in the casual environment of the lobby and then be entertained by this unique ensemble of Concervatory of Music alums who enjoy performing together as Vivant! 


Congratulations to Mayson Lane 2017 Scholarship Winner

The foundation recently awarded its inaugural $1,000 scholarship to outstanding musician Mayson Lane at Fort Scott High School’s Award Ceremony held in the gymnasium at Ft. Scott High on May 9th. Mayson will begin pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio next Fall. Mayson recently performed in Carnegie Hall in New York as a member of the 2017 Honors Performance Series, and was selected as a violinist for the All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Concertmaster for the Kansas City Youth Symphony from 2015-2017 and the Ft. Scott High School Orchestra. He holds a 4.0 GPA and is Student Council President. Mayson is the son of Melvin and Tabitha Lane of Ft. Scott, KS. We are delighted to assist this talented musician in his career! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2016 Events...


Vivant! Five ~ to Appear in Recital October 17, 2016

October 17, 2016 - 12 PM
Ruel Joyce Recital Series
Recital Hall Carlsen Center
Johnson County Community College


 Melody Stroth, piano. ~  Eman Chalshotori, cello ~ Karen Fremar, accordion
Judy Johnson, flute ~ Janne Silfverberg Latin percussion
 Performing Ruel Joyce Recital  ~ October 17, 2016
 

Melody Stroth, Eman Chalshotori, Karen Fremar, Judy Johnson & Janne Silfverberg

Thanks to JCCC, The Ruel Joyce Recital Series Fund, and especially to Doreen Maronde for a wonderful opportunity to perform to a full house in recital on the Ruel Joyce Series. Melody and Eman were spellbinding with therir splendid musicianship on full display. What an appreciative audience! Not a vacant seat in the hall. A real treat to perform at JCCC! The energy we felt in the hall was electric with a standing ovation to top it all off. We even had our own reserved parking. A real treat for musicians in every respect!

                                            SWEET! 😊



 

12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS
Free Admission
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Melody Stroth, Piano
Eman Chalshotori, Cello
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Joined by Vivant Members
Karen Fremar, Accordion
Judy Johnson, Flute
Janne Silfverberg, Latin Percussion 
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Music by 
de Falla, Gjeilo, Schumann, Faure, Piazzolla, Dvorak, Hayes




Vivant!
Brian Steever, Drums; Eman Chalshotori, Cello; Karen Fremar, Accordion; Melody Stroth, Piano; Julie Silfverberg, Accordion; Dee Sligar, Bass; Judy Johnson, Flute; Janne Silfverberg, Trombone/Latin Percussion 




November 7, 2016 - 12 PM
Vivant!
"Music by Piazzolla, who Ellington & Fremar"
AND 
Melody Stroth and Eman Chalshotori, Piano/Cello Duo
Kansas City Musical Club Concert
First Lutheran Church  - 6400 State Line Road
Mission Hills, KS 66208
Free Admission - Donations to KC Musical Club Appreciated 
 
"Tango, Swing & A Little Bit of Bling" - October 9, 2016

Tango, Swing & A Little Bit of Bling
Vivant! In Concert October 9, 2016



        
 



Please join us on October 9th, 2016 for a new musical event featuring the music of Piazzolla, Fremar, Ellington and a few other "Blingy" pieces.  The concert will be at Prairie Baptist Church on 75th and Roe in Prairie Village, Kansas, beginning at 4 p.m. with a reception of light snacks and an opportunity to meet and greet the artists in the lobby following the 4:30 p.m. concert.  Performers will include Julie Silfverberg and Karen Fremar, accordion; Melody Stroth and Laura Anderson, piano; Eman Chalshotori, cello; Judy Johnson, flute; Janne Silfverberg, trombone and congas; Dee Sligar, bass; and Brian Steever, drums.
We'll be premiering Fremar's "Magenta Mix" and our arrangement of Piazzolla's "La Muerte del Angel" along with "Street Tango,"  "Los Suenos," "Michelangelo '70," a piano duo with accordion featuring pianists Laura Anderson & Melody Stroth performing Piazzolla's "Bandoneon" from Suite Troileana, and a few other works by Piazzolla, Duke Ellington and others.  It's always fun and there are always surprises!!
The concert is free. While we don't charge ticket prices for our events, we recommend a $10 donation to help us raise funds to support our new scholarship program for high school music students from the Fort Scott, KS/ Uniontown, KS area who seek to pursue a college education using their musical talent. Hope to see you there!



     Just in Case!!!!!
Emergency Defibrillator ~ perhaps a necessary accessory for accordionists after a big concert?????
P.S... We accordionists will also share this device with pianists, cellists, wind players, percussionists,
and maybe even bass players!!
...only for a small fee ;)

Bellows, Bi-Planes 2016 
It was lots of fun, so we're returning to the runway in 2016 for the Annual Airshow at Roosterville "International" Airport near Liberty, Missouri.  Please join us on September 24th for lunch & our musical program on the runway featuring the accordion at 1:30 p.m.  Come early to enjoy an airshow provided by the airport, home to nearly 100 light aircraft.  View restored planes up close, watch take-offs, fly-ins from neighboring airports, visit with the pilots, and maybe hop on a plane for a ride ~ while enjoying lots of food, drink, music and fun.  The Fremar Foundation will provide musical entertainment including swing, blues and popular standards.  See you there Take Exit 17 off of I-35 North near Liberty, MO, then follow Highway A to 112th Street.  (You can Google Roosterville Airport for directions.) Donations always appreciated.

Music & Merlot at Bishop Spencer Place 2015
The Fremar Foundation presented "Music & Merlot 2015" and provided a variety musical concert as guests enjoyed wine and snacks on October 4, 2015.  The program of original works and popular music featuring the accordion with other instruments.  Musicians Melody Stroth, Judy Johnson, Janne Silfverberg, Julie Silfverberg, Dee Sligar, Brian Steever and Karen Fremar performed a full concert including works such as: Fremar’s Grasping for the Wind and Piazzolla’s Liberango. Accordion duo Julie Silfverberg and Karen Fremar performed Fremar’s Monroe for Accordion, Bass and Hand Percussion.  

 
Bellows, Bi-Planes 2015 

The event at Roosterville "International" Airport near Liberty, Missouri was a hit!  Our musical show featured the accordion just outside the main hangar at 1:30 p.m.  An airshow and flying competition to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the airport ~ home to nearly 100 light aircraft. ~ began in the morning at 10:30 a.m.   A parachute jump with one of the largest American Flags took place just before we went on stage.  During the day, landings and take-offs by vintage planes, fly-ins from neighboring airports and a salute from the Beechcraft Air Club occurred.  There were plane rides & lots of food, drink and fun. The foundation performed an hour show featuring swing, blues and pop. It was a beautiful September day to hang out beside the runway and enjoy music, great food and flying!  The airport had a capacity crowd for its 50th anniversary celebration.  It was a great way to showcase great music!  Thanks Roosterville! 


It was a great time!  Below is Vivant! after their performance in front of one of the cool planes in the competition.  Thanks to Roosterville Airport for hosting such a fun event.


 


Music & Merlot Set for October 4th 




"Music & Merlot" ~ Concert and Wine Bar ~ Oct. 4th 4:30 p.m. (Cocktails at 4 p.m.) ~ at Bishop Spencer Place  4301 Madison, Kansas City, MO 64111.  Our concert will feature the 7-piece group, Vivant!  Vivant! is a Midwest group comprised of professional musicians whose focus is to share their own unique and original brand of music. Many of the multi-talented Vivant! members are international and national prize-winning musicians.  Each of them trained at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. They all have active professional music careers, having performed many concerts throughout the United States and around the world. Vivant's Instrumentation includes acoustic and digital accordions, piano, flute, trombone, bass, drums, & Latin percussion.  Members include Julie Silfverberg, Melody Stroth, Dee Sligar, Judy Johnson, Karen Fremar, Janne Silfverberg, & Brian Steever.  The group will  perform a variety program of Fremar arrangements including popular standards: Come Fly with Me, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Latin works: Jobim's One Note Samba, Piazzolla's Libertango;  Stevie Wonder's You Are the Sunshine of My Life & I Just Called to Say I Love You, and more...including Build Me Up Buttercup, More Today Than Yesterday, You Keep Me Hangin' On, and Karen Fremar's haunting original to honor Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: Grasping for the Wind.  The Fremar and Silfverberg Accordion Duo will be featured performing Fremar's Monroe.  Come early and enjoy a glass of wine.  Parking is limited but security will direct you to additional available parking nearby.  We look forward to seeing you for a fun concert on a lazy Sunday Afternoon.  All are welcome.  Join us!  

 


Recap of Music & Merlot 2014  "Hooray for Hollywood"


Featured accordionist, Julie Silfverberg, and Composers, Jason Scheufler and Karen Fremar, teamed with nine musicians to put together a memorable event centered on film music.  Works performed included the premieres of Scheufler's Cinematic Caricatures, commissioned by the Fremar Foundation, and Fremar's That's the Rainguy, Monroe (Too Hot to Cha Cha Cha), Time's Gone By for Bogey, and The Duke.  Works performed by Vivant! included: Lloyd-Webber’s On This Night of A Thousand Stars, Eddie Rabbitt’s I Love A Rainy Night, Ellington’s Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, a medley of movie themes from the 50s & 60s: Before Beatlemania, and film music by Piazzolla: Street Tango, Los Suenos & Michelangelo ‘70. The concert concluded with the 2014 Academy Award Winner, Let it Go, from Frozen.  Guests enjoyed wine and refreshments in the lobby while viewing storyboards of the musicians' careers and an antique accordions from the collection of Board Member, John Brungardt.  Musicians performing included Janne Silfverberg, hand drums and trombone; Julie Silfverberg, accordion; Melody Stroth, piano; Karen Fremar, accordion; Brian Steever, drums; Dee Sligar, bass; Beth McCollom, cello, Jason Scheufler, electric guitar; and Judy Johnson, flute.


 

 


                               

 



About the Fremar Foundation

The Fremar Foundation was established in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The foundation seeks to support outstanding artists and their contributions to the music field; provide education about the unique musical qualities of the accordion, its music and musicians, and its history; provide music scholarships (beginning in 2017) to high school students seeking to pursue a college degree using their musical training, and present top musical artists in concert.

Board of Directors

      

Dr. Karen Fremar                   Dee Sligar          Julie Silfverberg       Melody Stroth         John Brungardt          Larry McMullen
Chairman/Pres.                      Sec./Treas.
 

To support the foundation, please send your tax deductible donation to:

Fremar Foundation
Dee Sligar, Secretary/Treasurer
2816 W. 87th Terrace
Leawood, KS 66206