ArtSmart Family Concert Series
Oct. 10, 2015 - May 14, 2016

Introduce your family to the Arts! Tandy Beal & Company's ArtSmart Family Concert Series features award-winning artists in circus, music and dance and offers high-quality, interactive and affordable monthly concerts for families in downtown Santa Cruz!

All shows are on SATURDAYS at the SCC Veterans Memorial Building from 11:00am - noon!

Past Shows

Oct 10, 2015 Micha Scott Dances!  Hi-Octane Dancing

With dancers: Jessa deLancey, Mercedes Johnson, Lyndia Peralta, Lila Salhov, Micha Scott, Selah Scott

Photo:  Cliff Warner

Photo:  Cliff Warner

Micha Scott Dances! brings high octane dancing to family audiences, engaging children, teens and adults. Micha reveals how a choreographer makes dances with a variety of dance styles and props and insightful comments about the art form. Dancers include Jessa deLancey, Mercedes Johnson, Lyndia Peralta,Lila Salhov, Micha Scott and Selah Scott.

Micha toured internationally with the Garth Fagan Dance Company for 13 years. A soloist with the Company and in a PBS special “Griot in New York”, she was also a founding teacher of the Garth Fagan School. She has taught dance for daily company classes and as a lecturer at SUNY Brockport, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University and Cabrillo College. Her dancing has been featured in Time, Essence and Dance Magazines.  

I truly believe that dance is for every body, at any age, in any place. It goes beyond all of the “isms” that humans use to separate and divide themselves. Dance is a language that people can feel in the innermost center of their beings, and it can express untold emotions, intellectual ideas, and revelations of the spirit in us all.
— Micha Scott

Nov 14, 2015 SoVoSó  - A Cappella World Music

Bryan Dyer, Ashling Cole, Sunshine Becker, Adrienne Shamszad, Joey Blake, Zoe Ellis, Vernon Bush, and David Worm

Photo: Ken Friedman

Photo: Ken Friedman

SoVoSó is a multi-cultural a cappella ensemble that sings a unique rhythmic mix of jazz, gospel, world and R&B music. SoVoSó continues to pioneer new horizons in contemporary vocal performance, bringing traditional world rhythms into the 21st century. They have toured in the US and Europe. Two SoVoSó members have performed with Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra since 1993 (which is where they met Tandy) . SoVoSó has shared the stage with Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald, Bobby McFerrin and Maya Angelou.

SoVoSó is tight, soulful, and a whole lotta fun.
— Bobby McFerrin

Dec 12, 2015 AZA - The Music of Morocco

Fattah and Mohamed will be joined by musicians Genoa Brown and Kevin Di Noto.

AZA’s founding members Fattah Abbou and Mohamed Aoualou are Berbers and hail from the High Atlas mountain region of Morocco. Their music brings to light the culture of the Berbers, the indigenous people of North Africa whose recorded history dates back 3300 years. Recognized as master musicians, Fattah and Mohamed formed AZA after moving to Santa Cruz eight years ago. Mohamed plays guitar, oud, percussion and is a prolific songwriter with a gripping vocal style that helps define the dynamic energy of AZA. Fattah began playing at the age of seven and now plays banjo, lotar, oud, sintir, ribab, percussion and sings. He recorded several CDs in Morocco with his band Imdiazen, and has collaborated with many international artists. He has received multiple grant awards for traditional arts and the preservation of indigenous culture. Fluent in English, French, Arabic, and his native tongue, Fattah is a sought-after music and cultural educator, presenting at schools and universities throughout the US. Together with AZA, they perform nationally and internationally.

Feb 13, 2016  Música Colibri - Music of Latin America
with John Santos

Photo: Tom Erlich

Photo: Tom Erlich

Experience a wide range of styles, rhythms and songs from Cuba, México, Puerto Rico, Perú, and other Latin American countries plus original compositions from five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos -- one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today!

Jose Roberto Hernandez - guitar, voice
Manuel Constancio - guitar, voice
John Santos - percussion


March 12, 2016 Espressivo Trio Vivo with Michel Singher

Explore the inner workings of the gears and levers of a composer's music box. With a trio of classical musicians, Michel Singher investigates with the audience what makes a piece of music be a piece of music.  As we unwrap the composer’s present, we will discover how the instruments work together to create sound and what makes one note ‘right’ and another note ‘wrong’.  

April 9, 2016  The Magic Carpet - World Dance

Showcasing a dazzling variety of world dance and music and you don’t even need a visa! 
his year's Magic Carpet features performances by:

Izumi Sato (Bharatanatyam), Vivien Bassouamina (Congolese dance), The Kolo Sisters! (Serbian folk dance), Corazon En Flor (Baile Folklorico), I Gede Oka Artha Negara (Balinese dance), Hula School of Santa Cruz and The Ladies of Mehana (Hula)

“This is what teaching and learning is all about: providing our children with the world of possibilities.... Many of my students are unable to attend productions such as this because of cost or lack of transportation. The artists for the presentation were astounding. Every child was mesmerized by the sound, the sights and the interactions with the performers before and after the performance. This gives them a window to look through to experience a larger world of possibility.” ~Elementary Principal

I was inspired by your organization’s determination to awaken our students to the world and to art forms from other cultures. It really did feel like a magic carpet ride!
— Elementary Teacher

May 14, 2016 Step Right Up! - Circus and other Magic

Stimulate your sense of wonder with delightful illusions, colorful props, fun, surprise, acrobatics, and rhythmic gymnastics. Anchored by veteran performer Saki, Tandy Beal’s choreography and Jon Scoville’s music, this concert will move from the joyful to the joyful!

With artful physical feats of strength and flexibility, juggling and illusions, audiences can be brought into the wonder that is all around us.  Concentration and attention to detail are what make each circus act inspirational. Circus is a way of helping us see the extraordinary in the ordinary.