PRLog - April 29, 2012 - SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- Flutist Peter H. Bloom, a specialist in music heard in 19th century America, will be joined by colleagues D’Anna Fortunato (mezzo-soprano)
Peter H. Bloom, flute;D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano; Mary Jane Rupert, harp
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 concertized in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; appears on more than 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 and other venues in England. 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.
Mr. Bloom’s award-winning CD, Grand Concert (music heard in 19th century America, recorded by D.C. Hall’s New Concert & Quadrille Band) is available on the Americas Musicworks label at http://www.cdbaby.com/
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,"
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