May 03, 2013

400th Show Article by BH Courier

Dwanye Ladd


World-renowned illusionist Ivan Amodei (e-von ah-moe-day) who’ll be celebrating his 400th show this year at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel, on the famed Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

Audiences will enjoy a night of entertainment in candle lit elegant decor; complete with the sophistication and intimacy of a glamorous Hollywood “after party.”  For the last 3 years, Amodei has performed his critically acclaimed show “Intimate Illusions” before sold out audiences.

Besides being a resident headliner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Ivan has been touring the country selling out venues nationwide. He’s set to perform at the The Ritz Carlton Chicago on April 26 and April 27 and at the Four Seasons Westlake Village on May 18.

“Intimate Illusions” is a 90 minute “magical and musical” experience that has received rave reviews. Ivan Amodei (skillfully accompanied by Celine Dion’s talented cellist) is a master performer, who combines his dynamic personality, amazing world-class magic, sensational story-telling and audience participation for an evening of unique entertainment. Amodei has created all of the innovative and exciting illusions in the show, which include shocking stunts and intriguing mind games.

His razor sharp wit and humor, combined with dazzling “live” music provide an evening of theatrical entertainment.

Amodei has performed for the last two decades for royalty, VIP’s and celebrities including: Steven Spielberg, Jim Carrey, Sylvester Stallone, Dick Clark, Nicholas Cage, Ashton Kutcher, etc.


April 23, 2012

Famous Red Dress Cellist


Madame Suggia by Augustus John

I love this painting of Guilhermina Suggia by Augustus John. Her passion and talent combined with the beautiful red dress make for a stunning painting. Years ago, Cellists were not female and were not encouraged to become cellists. It's such a fascinating piece of cello history. 

It is by sheer coincidence that my cellist in the show has almost the identical dress and style. Also notice that the shape of the Cello is so similar to the woman’s body – complete with her curves and plenty of "strings" attached.

Read more about this famous painting and cello history here.




May 05, 2011

Irina Chirkova’s Bio


When not performing in Ivan's hit show, Intimate illusions, Irina performs in Celine Dion's orchestra at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas.

Born In Bulgaria, Irina Chirkova began learning the cello at the age of five and studied at Sofia Music School from ages six to nineteen. In 1997, Irina traveled overseas for the first time and enrolled at The Boston Conservatory, as a student of Andrew Mark.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Boston Conservatory in 2000, and earned her Master's Degree in 2002 under the guidance of Rhonda Rider. 
Irina Chirkova is an active solo and chamber musician. As an electric cello band member, Irina plays standing up in the CCBONNES and MystiQuintet groups, with whom she toured internationally (Dubai, Qatar, Greece), as well as within the US.  

She has also played with Boston area bands in local venues. 
Ms. Chirkova has performed at political conferences for Bill Clinton and Mitt Romney and she has played on TV shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, the Jingle Ball event with Kanye West, and the BET Awards with P. Diddy, (2010).

Up to the fall of 2005, Irina had been a teaching assistant for Rhonda Rider at Wellesley College. Presently, she is a cello faculty at Santa Monica Music Center (Santa Monica), Cornerstone Music Conservatory (Los Angeles), Neighborhood Music School (Downtown Los Angeles), and Opus Music School (Torrance), CA

She is a member of: 

  • Celine Dion's Orchestra, Las Vegas, Caesar's Palace 2011-2014

  • Sully Erna (Godsmack) Solo Band

  • Mark Salling (Glee) solo band
Rouge Music Group band

  • ChamberPop band

Visit her official website.