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Duo “2” (Peter H. Bloom, Flute; Mary Jane Rupert, Piano) Featured on New CD, Navona Records

The internationally acclaimed duo “2” (flutist Peter H. Bloom; pianist Mary Jane Rupert) appear on a new Navona CD, Kleemation & Other Works by Elizabeth Vercoe (“one of the most inventive composers working in America today” Washington Post).

 
 
"2" (Peter H. Bloom, flute; Mary Jane Rupert, piano & harp)
PRLog - Dec. 1, 2012 - SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- Renowned flutist Peter H. Bloom and pianist Mary Jane Rupert, who tour the globe as the duo “2”, are featured on a new CD, Kleemation and Other Works by Elizabeth Vercoe (Navona Records  NV5884). Vercoe has been praised by The Washington Post as “one of the most inventive composers working in America today.”  Her 2003 composition Kleemation is a suite of five contrasting movements for flute and piano, based on provocative and enigmatic drawings by Siwss artist Paul Klee. Captivating, moving and edgy, the piece draws on the musicians’ gritty virtuosity.   Hailed for “beautiful phrasing, consummate duet passages, superb technical facility” (St. Andrews Performing Arts), Bloom and Rupert have performed Kleemation in Thailand, Australia and New Zealand and across the United States.  The duo tours widely, winning praise for vivid and compelling concerts, with repertoire encompassing European and American masterworks and new music by composers from around the world.

The CD, Kleemation and Other Works, is available on Amazon, iTunes and other websites.  Visit:  http://www.amazon.com/Vercoe-Kleemation-Other-Works-Eliza...   and https://itunes.apple.com/album/vercoe-kleemation-other-wo...

Peter H. Bloom (flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo), whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), concertizes widely in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; appears on 35 recordings (Sony Classical, Dorian, Leo Records, other labels); and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award.  An active  recitalist and chamber musician, he  has performed for The National Gallery in London, New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, University of Canberra College of Music (Australia), Sydney & Southern Highlands Music Society (Australia),  Payap University in Chiang Mai, Goethe Institute in Bangkok, Yale Center for British Art, Metropolitan Museum, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida, New York Flute Club, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, among others.  He is also a noted jazz artist, veteran of the acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (40th season).  Jazz Improv praised his “exquisite melody” while allaboutjazz touted his “hip, jazzy flute work” and Arts Fuse wrote, “his solos on flute and amplified flute are always highlights of a performance."  Bloom has given lectures and master classes across the globe on such diverse topics as historical performance, new music, improvisation and masterworks of the literature.  He has served as historical performance consultant to The American Museum in Britain, New-York Historical Society, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where he has given numerous lecture-demonstrations and recorded for the audio guide to historical woodwinds. A board member of The James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, he holds an MM with distinction in flute performance from New England Conservatory and a BA (philosophy) from Boston University.  

Mary Jane Rupert, piano and 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 with chamber ensembles, choral groups and orchestras across the U.S., including the Record Players, the Southcoast Chamber Players, Musica Sacra, Cecilia Society, Silverwood, Masterworks Chorale, the Boston Philharmonic, the New Hampshire Symphony, Boston Classical Orchestra and New Philharmonia.   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.  She serves on the faculties of Boston College and Tufts University. Previously, she held teaching positions at Missouri Western College, Western Michigan University, MIT, and Wellesley College, where she taught harp for 20 years. 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.  Her arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite for Flute and Harp is published by New Boston Editions.

Elizabeth Vercoe has been a Fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, the St. Petersburg Spring Music Festival in Russia, the Cité International des Arts in Paris, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, and the MacDowell Colony.  Her works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and are published by Arsis Press, Plucked String Editions, Noteworthy Sheet Music, and the League ISCM, as well as German publisher, Certosa Verlag. Vercoe’s music is recorded on the Navona, Centaur, Capstone, Owl, Northeastern and Leonarda labels.

Americas Musicworks represents award-winning chamber music and jazz ensembles that offer vivid and compelling concerts for large and small venues, as well as creative residencies, educational outreach, custom recording projects and music licensing for film and other audio-visual projects.  Themes range widely from the Renaissance to the avant-garde.  Our mission is to deliver distinctive programs and world-class performance to build and energize audiences.  Every client receives personal attention and close communication, to ensure a smooth working relationship.  We also provide expert PR support to complement and enhance each presenter’s efforts. Contact Rebecca DeLamotte, managing director of Americas Musicworks at 888-887-7169 or visit us at www.americasmusicworks.com

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