A duet recital from Claire Chase, flute and Bridget Kibbey, harp, welcomes May at the Howland Chamber Music Circle’s Sunday afternoon concert. Chase and Kibbey, have collaborated in numerous duo recitals through the country. For their concert at the Howland
Cultural Center, the duo has chosen to play J.S. Bach’s Sonata in E-flat Major for harp and clavier, BWV 1031 and his Toccata and Fugue in d minor as arranged by Salvatore Sciarrino, Toru Takemisu’ Towards the Sea, the Suite for Harp by Benjamin Britten, excerpts from Chansons de Bilitis, by Claude Debussy, transcribed for flute and harp, David Bruce’s Caja de Musica, Caprice No. 24 by Nicolo Paganini as arranged for flute by Claire Chase, and two selections from Astor Piazzola’ L’Histoire du Tango.
Declared “dynamic” and “indefatigable” by Time Out New York , flutist Claire Chase is first Prize Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild Competition. A passionate performer, leader and innovator who combines “extravagant technique, broad stylistic range and penetrating musicality ” (The New York Times) she creatively links traditional, contemporary and experimental music with
program choices that range from Bach and Brahms to Boulez, Saariaho, Zorn, and beyond.
The New York Times describes harpist Bridget Kibbey as displaying “blazing power and finesse” and “…made it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.” Her performances showcase the varied and unique abilities of this instrument, with genre-bending projects ganging from baroque to folk, to collaborations with singe/songwriters, to commissioning new works from today’s young composers.
The concert will take place on May 1 at 4 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, and will be followed by a reception to meet the artists. Tickets at $30 ($10 for students) can be reserved by calling 845-297-9243. Further Information can be found at www.howlandmusic.org.
Photos courtesy of Howland Chamber Music Circle