Public Program- Peter H. Bloom, Mary Jane Rupert, and D'Anna Fortunato

Lectures and Performances
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 7:30pm

Thrill of the Trill: Music in the Emerging American Nation (1812-1876)
With Peter H. Bloom, flute, Mary Jane Rupert, harp and D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano

Thrill of the Trill

To Americans in the nineteenth century the concept of "high culture" blended seamlessly with most of popular entertainment. This program will feature arias by Mozart and Rossini, art songs by Beethoven and classical instrumentals by various European and American composers — music that was widely heard throughout America. The program will also show how this classical music evolved into the melodies that resounded at political rallies, from dance halls, in city streets, on town commons, and in the hearts of Americans as they hunted for gold, settled the country and created a vibrant democracy.

Peter H. Bloom, flute, whose playing has been called "a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength" (The Boston Globe), performs a wide range of chamber music from period-instrument performances to new music premieres. He is also a noted jazz artist. He has given recitals from Boston to Bangkok; tours internationally with leading chamber music and jazz ensembles; appears on 30 CDs (Sony Classical, Dorian, Newport Classic, Leo Records and other labels); and is a winner of the American Musicological Society's Noah Greenberg Award for his work in recording and performing music heard in 19th century America. He has been praised for engaging and compelling concerts on a variety of historical themes, having performed for The Metropolitan Museum, the American Musical Instrument Society, the National Flute Association, The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida, the New York Flute Club, Early Music Boulder Colorado, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Residency at Davidson College, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and the Yale Center for British Art, among others, with concerts in May 2012 at The National Gallery in London, Gainsborough's House Museum and other venues in England. Bloom and Rupert have performed across the globe as the duo .2., appearing in the United States, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In a longstanding collaboration with the American Antiquarian Society, Mr. Bloom was music director for The History Show, a radio-theater project; and he serves on annual review panels for the Society's artist fellowships. He serves as historical performance consultant to The American Museum in Britain, The New-York Historical Society, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, where he has given numerous lecture-demonstrations and recorded for the Museum's audio guide to historical woodwinds.

D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano, is known for her virtuosity and versatility in operatic roles, art songs, early music, new music and other genres. She has appeared as a soloist with all top ten American orchestras (Philadelphia, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco, Houston, Cleveland, Boston, Dallas, Minnesota, St. Luke's Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra). Called "affecting, superb" by The New York Times, she has performed major operatic roles with leading companies, including Glimmerglass, Kentucky Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Opera San Jose, and Boston Lyric Opera. She has performed Handel's operas in such venues as Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Monadnock Music, while singing major roles in 8 premiere Handel CDs for Albany, Newport Classic, and Vox. Among her many repeat festival appearances are Vaison-la-Romaine, Berlin's Spectrum Concerts, the Rome Bach Festival, Marlboro, Casals, Tanglewood, Blossom, and Newport. In 2006, Ms. Fortunato was a Grammy nominee in three categories including best classical vocal recording. She has recorded 40 CDs for Harmonia Mundi, London/Decca, Sony Classical, Nonesuch, Koch International, Naxos, and Albany. A regional Met Winner, she also received the Naumburg Prize and the Jacopo Peri Award. She serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory College Division.

Mary Jane Rupert, harp, praised by the New York Times as exhibiting "indeed real sensitivity," has performed throughout the world from Carnegie Recital Hall to the Beijing Concert Hall. She has appeared as concert pianist and harpist with chamber ensembles, choral groups and orchestras across the United States, including performances with Silverwood, The Record Players, the Southcoast Chamber Players, Copley Chamber Players, Musica Sacra, Cecilia Society, Masterworks Chorale, the Boston Philharmonic, the New Hampshire Symphony, Boston Classical Orchestra and New Philharmonia. She was a soloist at the American Harp Society National Conference in Boston. A graduate of Oberlin College and Indiana University, she earned a BM in piano performance, Masters Degrees in both piano and harp, and a doctorate in piano performance. Previously, she held teaching positions at Missouri Western College, Western Michigan University, MIT, and Wellesley College, where she taught harp for 20 years. Currently she serves on the faculties of Boston College and Tufts University. Her principal teachers were Gyorgy Sebok and Lily Dumont (piano), and Marcel Grandjany (harp). Dr. Rupert's recordings can be found on the North Star label, and Harmony Hill (recordings from the Cornish Colony in NH). Her arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite for Flute and Harp is published by New Boston Editions.

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