Join Ensemble Aubade - Peter H. Bloom (flute and alto flute), Francis Grimes (viola), and Steven Sussman (piano) – as they take the audience on a fascinating tour, from the salons of Vienna and Paris to the concert halls of New York.
The program will include:
The lush and thrilling Trio Opus 45 (1856), by the great 19th century composer Louise Farrenc, famous in her time but seldom heard today. Farrenc was professor at the Paris Conservatory, an esteemed composer, an acclaimed pianist, and a successful music publisher.
The lyrical Kegelstatt Trio, K. 498 (1786) by Mozart, performed on alto flute, viola and piano. Bloom’s alto flute playing has been called “wonderfully smoky and mysterious” (EarRelevant).
Seven Postcards to Old Friends (1966), a witty and exuberant chamber work by the legendary Broadway arranger Robert Russell Bennett who orchestrated hits like Show Boat, Oklahoma, The King and I, The Sound of Music, and South Pacific.
Ensemble Aubade’s extensive career includes concerts for The Saint Louis Art Museum, The Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series (NY), The Master Arts Series in Knoxville, Saugerties Pro Musica (NY), The Nixon Centre for Performing Arts (Atlanta area), The Morton Arboretum Chamber Series (Chicago area), The Foothills Piano Festival (AL), and The Nielsen Series in Des Moines, to name a few.
Peter H. Bloom, flute and alto flute, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), performs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; is featured on 48 recordings (Sony Classical, Newport Classic, Sono Luminus, other labels); is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music; and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. Bloom has performed in London, Bangkok, Canberra, Ottawa and other world capitals, and in hundreds of cities across 40 states and four continents. He has concertized with distinguished artists including Ensemble Chaconne, The Henning Ensemble, D’Anna Fortunato, The Makrokosmos Orchestra, and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (50th season). Bloom has given lectures and master classes at colleges and universities across the globe, and has performed numerous recitals for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He holds an MM with distinction in flute performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and a BA (philosophy) from Boston University.
Francis Grimes, viola, is an esteemed chamber musician, orchestral player and educator. He has performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Opera, Masterworks Chorale, Sinfonova, Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and other premier ensembles. He toured nationally with the Star Wars Orchestra and performed with choral groups in Italy, England and the Czech Republic. He serves regularly in the orchestras of Boston’s Colonial and Schubert Theatres. He served on the faculties of Milton Academy, All Newton Music School, Community Music Center of Boston, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He attended Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and completed his BM at Indiana University as a student of William Primrose. He also studied with Roman Totenberg, Bernard Kadinoff, Eugene Lehner, and members of the Fine Arts Quartet at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Steven Sussman, piano, is acclaimed as a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and orchestral member, performing classical music, jazz, and musical theater in New England and across the United States. He is the director of Opera Presto, toured previously with Brown Bag Opera, and was staff accompanist at the Berklee School of Music. An experienced educator, Sussman serves on the faculty at The Rivers Conservatory of Music, teaches at the St. Marks School, and maintains an active private teaching studio. He earned a Master of Music in performance from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, where his principal teachers were Enrica Cavallo-Gulli and Jorge Bolet.
Funded by a generous gift to the AWPL Foundation
Glenn P. and Susan D. Dickes.