Monday, January 21, 2008

Flute-Piano Duo Comes '2' Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The 56th season of the Washington College Concert Series continues with a performance by "2," the duo of flutist Peter H. Bloom and pianist Mary Jane Rupert, at the Norman James Theatre on Saturday, February 2, at 8 p.m.

The Boston-based "2" performs dramatic and engaging masterpieces both old and new. Bloom and Rupert are known for their creative programming and compelling performances of repertoire from the great works of the European Baroque to the stunning new pieces of today's composers. They have concertized together for more than 15 years, appearing in venues across the country, and have recorded two CDs on the North Star label. They've been praised for their "music that can set the heart singing" (Better Homes & Gardens) and their "stellar concert ... fine musicians in perfect harmony and with such mastery of their instruments" (the Bedford Gazette).

Acclaimed as a concert pianist and harpist, Rupert has given solo recitals from Carnegie Hall to Beijing Concert Hall, and has appeared with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States. She is on the faculties of Wellesley College, Tufts University, Boston College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned a bachelor of music in piano from Oberlin College, and she holds a master of music in piano and in harp, and a doctor of music in piano performance and music literature from Indiana University.

Bloom has given solo recitals from Boston to Beverly Hills, tours nationally with chamber groups and jazz ensembles, and appears on more than 25 recordings from labels including Sony Classical, Dorian, Newport Classic and others. The Boston Globe called his playing "a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength." He is a historical instrument consultant to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, has served on the faculties of New England Conservatory and Regis College, and is a board member of the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. He holds a master of music in flute performance with distinction from the New England Conservatory.

The 2007-2008 Washington College Concert Series will continue with a performance by the Cambodian Classics Ensemble on Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m., and a recital by harpist Elizabeth Hainen on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. All concerts are presented at the Norman James Theatre, located in William Smith Hall.

Tickets ($15 for adults and $5 for youth and students) for each concert can be purchased at the door. For more ticket information, call 410/778-7839.

January 21, 2008

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