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October 27, 2013
   4:00 pm

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10th Anniversary Concert

10th Anniversary Concert

Music by: Mimi Dye, Artistic Director

Mimi Dye, Solo Violist
Iris Fraser, Soprano
Daniel Lewin and Bridgitte Rafnel, Violinists
Aaron Rosengaus, Violist
Dahna Rudin, Cellist
Debbie Davis, Pianist
Jackeline Rago, Percussionist
Saul Sierra, Bassist
Vic Schrader, Jazz Guitarist

Topaz New World Youth Orchestra

Tickets: $30 General / $25 Seniors / $10 Students / $50 Families

Festive Reception following the Concert

All Saints' Church
555 Waverly at Hamilton
Downtown Palo Alto

RSVP:; (650) 856-2523

Dance Of The Cosmos concert poster


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Previous Performances


April 22, 2011
   4:00 pm

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Earth Day Celebration

Spring Concert

Music by Dvořák, Bach, Beethoven, Bolling, and an original composition, "Morning of the New World"

Mimi Dye, Artistic Director

Mimi Dye, viola
Motoko Toba and Andrew Lan, violins
Peter Gelfand, 'cello
Iris Fraser, soprano
Debbie Davis, piano
Rodney Gehrke, organ

Autris Page, baritone
and the All Saints Choir

May 1, 2011

Sounds for the New World

The concert featured an original composition, "Earth Rising," a beautiful, melodic new piece by Mimi Dye, and masterpieces by great composers from the 20th Century, including Bartok, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, and others.

Mimi Dye - Viola
Iris Fraser - Soprano
Louise Costigan-Kerns - Piano
and the New World Youth Orchestra

February 28, 2010

Mimi Dye & The TOPAZ Jazz Ensemble

Peña Pachamama Cultural Center
1630 Powell Street, San Francisco


Mimi Dye, prominent American violist and composer, and the the Jazz Ensemble bring uplifting original compositions to Peña Pachamama.

Mimi Dye's unique jazz and world compositions are inspired by Latin jazz, Cape Verde world music, and Middle Eastern sounds and rhythms. Come celebrate with us and hear tunes from the "River in the Sun" album and a concert suite based on her jazz viola concerto, "One Beautiful Light."

Musicians include Jim Schneider, piano, Donna Viscuso, flute and saxophone, Saul Sierra, bass, and Michaelle Goerlitz, percussion.

"Mimi Dye … followed with Ellington's 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore,' and the swinging was visceral. Jazz viola. WOW!"

  — Lincoln County Gazette

August 14, 2009

Mimi Dye & The TOPAZ All-Stars

Anna's Jazz Island


Mimi Dye, violist and composer, and the All-Stars presented an evening of contemporary Latin jazz/world music at Anna's on August 14.

Music included songs from the "River in the Sun" CD and a new arrangement of "One Beautiful Light," originally performed as a jazz viola concerto with the TOPAZ All-Stars and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Beautiful standards by Jobim and other Latin greats rounded out the evening.

The All-Stars include some of the best Latin jazz/world musicians in the Bay Area, including: Donna Viscuso on flute, Seward McCain on bass, Vic Schrader on guitar, and Lali Mejia on percussion.

"Mimi Dye pulled out her viola....and pretty soon, folks were up and dancing!"

  — The Oregonian

"Mimi Dye … followed with Ellington's 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore,' and the swinging was visceral. Jazz viola. WOW!"

  — Lincoln County Gazette

May 3, 2009

"River in the Sun" CD Release Party

A release party for Mimi Dye's new CD, "River in the Sun" — Jazz originals composed by Mimi Dye

Featuring Mimi Dye, violist and composer, and the All-Stars:
     Donna Viscuso, flute
     Jackie Rago, cuatro and bandola
     Vic Schrader, guitar
     Saul Sierra, bass
     Michaelle Goerlitz, percussion

All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St., Palo Alto, 94301

  River in the Sun CD Release Party

February 1, 2009


presents a live concert with

Music for viola, organ, and voice

A unique celebration of sacred music with Rodney Gehrke, All Saints' new music director and organist, and Jimmy Kansau, tenor soloist, for a beautiful and meditative concert featuring sacred music by St. Hildegard of Bingen, Vaughan Williams, Bach, and Britten, plus traditional Norwegian Hardenger fiddle tunes.

Your ticket price is 100% tax-deductible, and includes an elegant reception following the concert.

Proceeds benefit the organization.

$30 at the door, $25 in advance

All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St., Palo Alto, 94301

  Sacred Sounds Concert poster
October 26, 2008

One Beautiful Light composed and performed by Mimi Dye, Violist, with the highly acclaimed San Jose Chamber Orchestra and special guest artists:
Jackeline Rago, Cuatro/Bandola/Percussion
Jim Schneider, Piano
Saul Sierra, Bass

Click here to read the article from the San José Mercury News, October 2008:
Classically trained musician Mimi Dye unveils new jazz concerto

Le Petit Trianon Theater
72 North Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 995-5400

One Beautiful Light   
     I. Prophecy
     II. Vision
     III. Fulfillment

One Beautiful Light is an inspired three-movement Jazz Viola Concerto commissioned by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.

San Jose Chamber Orchestra -

May 4, 2008

presents a live concert with

with Eddie Navia and the SUKAY Andean Ensemble plus talented young performers from the Castilleja Chamber Orchestra present authentic music from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, with pan flutes, Peruvian guitars, percussion, and vocals. Families and children are especially welcome to this afternoon concert. Net proceeds will benefit victims of the Peruvian earthquake. An elegant reception and art exhibit follow this concert.

  Sounds of South America Concert poster, May 2008
January 26, 2008


presents a live concert with

with Jackeline Rago and the VNote Venezuelan Ensemble

  Sounds of South America Concert poster, 
						January 2008

May 5, 2007

South Meets the North: Venezuelan Connection


Mimi Dye, Artistic Director of TOPAZ, and Jackeline Rago, musical director of  The Venezuelan Music Project, present music from Venezuela combined with American Jazz

  duoTOPAZ Concert Flyer, May 2007

January 27, 2007

Mimi Dye and Isabelle Courret

Mimi Dye, violist, and award-winning French harpist Isabelle Courret, perform European classical masterpieces, Piazzolla tangos, and original chamber jazz compositions. The beautiful sound of viola and harp will win your hearts!

"...eloquent performers"

—San Francisco Chronicle

AND Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra, conducted by Gordon Lee, present contemporary Chinese compositions on traditional instruments. An outstanding orchestra of young people based in San Jose, this ensemble recently performed in China and is highly regarded for their vision and excellence.

November 4, 2006

with Jackeline Rago


Mimi Dye and the TOPAZ Jazz Ensemble with special guest, Jackeline Rago, percussionist, will swing with original compositions tinged with a Latin feel.

"Mimi Dye pulled out her viola, and pretty soon, folks were up and dancing!"

—The Oregonian

AND Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company, accompanied by traditional instruments, perform authentic, colorful, and exotic dances from various regions of the Philippines. San Jose-based Hiyas bring youthful enthusiasm and cultural pride to their amazing dancing and music.

April 29, 2006

Bridges of Peace:
World Music from Armenia and Persia and American Jazz


TOPAZ presents a Benefit Concert for
All Saints' Episcopal Church Outreach Programs

TOPAZ presents a unique and timely benefit concert for the outreach programs of All Saints' Church in Palo Alto. In this time of war, fear, and misunderstanding, TOPAZ presents a concert promoting peace and bridging the musical cultures of East and West.

TOPAZ, an innovative world-class music ensemble founded by Director Mimi Dye, violist, has invited special guests Hamed Nikpay, Persian multi-instrumentalist and singer, and Armena Marderosian, pianist and founder of the Suni Project, to join TOPAZ for this unique and timely musical journey.

Compositions by Grikor Mirzaian Suni, world-renowned Armenian composer of the early 20th century, will be performed by members of TOPAZ and Armena Marderosian, pianist, eminent researcher and founder of the Suni Project. Also featured will be the original musical compositions of Hamed Nikpay, one of Iran's most celebrated multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, set to the inspirational poetry of Persian masters Rumi and Hafez. Jazz and world music original compositions by the founders of TOPAZ complete this evening of extraordinary music.

Performers for this TOPAZ concert include Mimi Dye, violist; Jane Lenoir, flutist; Armena Marderosian, pianist; Hamed Nikpay, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist; Peter Barshay, jazz bassist; Vic Schrader, jazz guitarist; and Curt Moore, jazz drummer.

A wine, cheese, and dessert reception with the musicians, and an art exhibit from the Killen Gallery, follow in the Parish Hall. Tickets for the entire event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

A percentage of the net profits will be donated to the Outreach Programs of All Saints' Church, which include the Opportunity Center, InnVision, and Urban Ministry.

January 21, 2006

"Bach, Bluegrass and Chamber Jazz"

  Classical masterpieces by Bach, Mozart, and Dvorak, and a Bluegrass composition by American composer Mark O'Connor, combine to create a varied and unique evening of great music.
  TOPAZ Concert poster, October 2005

October 15, 2005

Brahms, Blues, & the Tango

  Works by Roussel, Piazzolla, Shulamit Ran, Johannes Brahms, and Mimi Dye
  Concert October 15, 2005

A Series of Three Benefit Concerts:

Bluegrass Trios by Mark O'Connor, Duo for flute and piano by Aaron Copland, Piano Quartet by Robert Schumann, and a world premiere of a new composition by Mimi Dye.

January 2005

All Saints Episcopal Church

  555 Waverly St.
Palo Alto, California

November 2004

Temple United Methodist


1111 Junipero Serra Blvd.
San Francisco, California

November 2004

Music in the Mountains

  Chamber Music Series
11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley (Nevada City), California



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