Wednesday, January 17, 2007

DMTC Concert - Derren and Rhiannon

Here we go with the concert series again, but this time with an added treat - Rhiannon Guevin shares the bill! Darren Raser is the professional musician, and Rhiannon is the excellent YPT veteran with the amazing voice.

Here are portions of the press release:
Derren Raser set to perform benefit concert for Davis Musical Theatre Company with special guest opening artist Davis High School's Rhiannon Guevin.

Davis Musical Theatre Company’s “Keep the Music Playing in Your Community” benefit concert series continues with young folk/pop/jazz sensation Derren Raser at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 10, at DMTC’s Hoblit Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Drive, Davis. Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir star Rhiannon Guevin will open the concert, accompanied by regular DMTC pianist Erik Daniells and DMTC Band.

DMTC TICKETS/INFORMATION available at,/, by phone at (530) 756-3682, or in person at DMTC's Hoblit Performing Arts Center Box Office. $15 General, $10 Students/Seniors


Derren Raser (website:

**One of Music Connection Magazine's "Top 100 Unsigned Artists of the Year"**Award winner at this year's John Lennon Songwriting Contest.An old soul in a new age, Derren Raser stands out from the monotonous fray of popular music. Witty, well-spoken and wise beyond his 20-something years, singer-songwriter Raser will move you with his thoughtful lyrics and haunting melodies. His ballads are old-fashioned folk stories and beautiful tributes to love lost and found.Combining lively folk-rock and classic singer-songwriter traditions with the hard edge of contemporary pop and rock influences, he has honed a cutting edge sound that is immediately both fresh and familiar. His music has been described as "Simon and Garfunkel meets the Shins.” It is music that sounds equally at home on an old dusty hi-fi or in a sleek new iPod.Born and raised in suburban Kansas, Derren has undertaken the Southern California music scene and emerged with his wholesome Midwestern sensibilities intact. He employs a thoughtful, sincere approach to songwriting and performing - his dynamic live performances have been described as “emotive expression that is nearly flawless in its purity" (Jake Sibley--944 Magazine). His guitar work is centered on pristine and intelligent arrangements, each note painstakingly placed to complement the stark clarity of his unmistakable voice. This combination of intention and talent is rarely achieved and is not easily forgotten.A versatile performer, Derren is at home playing intimate dives and big name venues alike. He is a regular on both the San Diego and Los Angeles music scenes, and is constantly working to bring his unique music to new audiences. People nationwide are taking notice. Derren and his music have recently been featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered,” and have appeared in 944 Magazine, Union Tribune, the Troubadour, Olathe Daily News, and numerous online publications. Derren is currently promoting his self-released album, King of I’ll Tell You Next Week, which has been hailed as “awash with talent!" (Andrew and “wildly entertaining" (Craig Yerkes--the S.D. Troubadour).A unique and abundant talent, Derren will continue to share the stage with greats like Nickel Creek, Hem, Ollabelle, Ben Taylor, Sonya Kitchell, Garrison Starr, Arnold McCuller, Richie Cannata and more. Derren Raser is gaining momentum, and you won’t want to miss his rise!

Rhiannon Guevin

Born in Davis, classically trained young vocalist Rhiannon Guevin burst onto the local scene at age 7 as a snowdrop in Davis Musical Theater Company Young Performers Theater’s production of Snow Queen. Since that time, Guevin has performed in numerous local musical theater and comic opera productions with Davis Comic Opera Company, Chautauqua Playhouse and DMTC.

Guevin has also performed in numerous recitals and choral performances. At age 15, she placed second in the under 18 bracket of the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing vocal auditions. Just weeks after her 16th birthday, Guevin won third place in the solo vocal competition (ages 15-20) at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, where judges remarked on her “lovely centered voice with impeccable sense of pitch.” Others have also commented on Rhiannon’s “lovely voice and charming performance,” calling her “a delight to listen to and watch.”

A junior at Davis High School, Guevin is student conductor for the Advanced Treble Choir. She studies voice with LuAnn Higgs and received additional vocal training at Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Vocalist Program.


In addition to Davis Musical Theatre Company’s (DMTC) Main Stage and Young Performers Theater musical productions, DMTC now presents benefit concerts showcasing talented local, regional, and touring artists. The artists selected will vary in musical style, but all will be fantastic, and all concerts will be family-friendly events.

DMTC goals in presenting these benefit concert are:

  • Raise funds to support DMTC youth education/community outreach and to keep the American musical theater art form alive in Davis and accessible to everyone. DMTC is a non-profit 501(c)3, all volunteer community theater company with a 21-year history of excellence in artistic achievement and community service.
  • Support talented local, regional, and touring artists, raising public awareness of their great work and keep their music playing too.
  • Enrich the community by providing affordable, outstanding musical entertainment in a family-friendly environment.

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