The Michigan based duet of voice and classical guitar known as The Dearing Concert Duo was formed in 1998. What followed was an instant artistic success, as the two became consistently in demand at venues throughout the metro Detroit area. Soon after they released their first recording, leading them into the living rooms of millions in both the US and Canada via the television on shows such as PBS’s “BackStage Pass” and being aired on radio.
Upon release of their second CD “Snapshots of South America” the Duo began touring throughout the United States and Canada in a wide range of venues. The Dearings made their European debut during the summer of 2002 with eight concerts, including the Cheltenham International Music Festival. They have produced three critically acclaimed CD’s. They are the recipients of a total of six Detroit Music Awards.
What makes their performances unique is the range of versatility they offer in both their repertoire and their programming. They come together with unique and exceptional training, and this merging of talents is, in the words of more than one music critic “magical.”
Abha Dearing is an award winning spinto soprano who has been performing her entire life and has sung at venues on three continents. Abha is trained in both the Western classical and Indian classical styles of singing. She is also a gifted flutist.
Steven Dearing has both lovely tone and excellent technique allowing him to be equally adept as both a solo guitarist and an accompanist. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the US and Canada. Steven has studied with exceptional artists and has a wide repertoire.
They offer their musical gifts for wedding ceremonies throughout the southeastern Michigan area. The Dearing Concert Duo is on the referral list at venues such as The Meadow Brook Mansion, The Henry Ford, and The Sacred Heart Academy. Use our contact form to get a quote within a few days.
Named “Outstanding Classical Ensemble” in 2003 and 2002 by The Detroit Music Awards, the DCD performs at concert halls, universities/colleges, churches, art museums, and living rooms. They have performed at distinguished events such as the Organization of American States for the Prime Minister of Canada, Oakland University for the President of India and the memorial service for Edward McNamara, where they were heard by the mayor of Detroit, the Governor of Michigan, as well as congressmen and women.
“Your artistic performance at this (Organization of American States) served to showcase Canadian talent and culture to over 1000 guests in attendance…Delegates and I were most impressed with your performance. My congratulations to you.“
Lloyd Axworthy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
“You will come away very impressed by the Duo.”
John Guinn, Oakland Press
“What makes the music sing is the Dearing’s lovely tonal blend, secure phrasing and the way Steven’s clean articulation and steady rhythm lays the foundation for Abha’s warm approach to melody. The sound world is elegantly formal…while the duet sports a seductively intimate blend…”
Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
“Steven’s (solos) are among the instrumental delights. Abha sings in a beautiful soprano…richly textured…passionate…Marvelous program of duets…there is definitely artistic dialogue going on here.”
Ted Shaw, Windsor Star
“The DCD transports listeners to a different time and space…and transform the very air around them with a gentle magic that allows the music to come alive. The beautiful textures and tones convince the listener that there’s much more going on than one guitar and one flute. The sounds and colors fill the spaces, pulling the listener into a peaceful daydream.”
Ralph Valdez, NPR station WDET
“…technically assured and rhythmically sprightly…Polished, dynamic performances.”
George Bulanda, Hour Magazine
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