Duo 2 (Peter H. Bloom, flute; Mary Jane Rupert, harp) Perform New Music, Portland ME and Boston MA

Flutist Peter H. Bloom and harpist Mary Jane Rupert, who have toured the globe as the duo "2", will perform new music by American composers Richard Nelson and Karl Henning in Portland, ME (April 15) and Boston, MA (April 17).
Duo 2: Peter H. Bloom and Mary Jane Rupert
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April 9, 2012 - PRLog -- Hailed for creative programming, stellar musicianship and interpretive flair, the duo “2” (Peter H. Bloom, flute, alto flute, bass flute & piccolo; Mary Jane Rupert, harp) will perform new works by American composers Richard Nelson and Karl Henning in two New England venues:   Portland, ME (April 15) and Boston, MA (April 17).

On Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm, the duo will perform Richard Nelson's Play of Light in the Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival at the Portland Conservatory of Music, 202 Woodford Street Portland Maine 04103 USA.  Information:  207-775-3356.  Play of Light was written for "2" and received its world premiere in Boston's Church of the Advent in 2011.  The piece features concert flute, bass flute and piccolo (for one player) with concert harp.  

On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm, “2” will perform with composer/clarinetist Karl Henning at King’s Chapel, corner of Tremont and School Streets, Boston, MA 02111.  Information:  617-227-2155. The concert will feature the world premiere of Henning’s pieceThese Unlikely Events
In a collaboration spanning 20 years, flutist Peter H. Bloom and pianist/harpist Mary Jane Rupert (the Duo “2”) have performed in venues across the globe, winning praise for “beautiful phrasing, consummate duet passages, and superb technical facility” (St. Andrews Performing Arts).  Their 2011-2012 season includes concerts in Australia, New Zealand, and the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.

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), has performed from Boston to Bangkok and appears on more than 30 CDs from labels including SONY Classical, Dorian, Newport Classic, and Leo Records. Winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award, he tours with leading classical ensembles including Ensemble Chaconne, Olmsted Ensemble, and the New Mendelssohn Quintet Club, and he is a noted jazz artist, now in his 35th season with the internationally renowned Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.  Mr. Bloom serves as historical woodwind consultant for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where he has performed extensively; he provides musical direction for museum exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad; and has given lectures, master classes and workshops in North America and Asia on such wide-ranging topics as historical performance, new music and improvisation.  A board member of the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, he received a Master of Music with Distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music and a BA in 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 performances with Silverwood, The Record 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 is on the faculty of Boston College and Tufts University.   Dr. Rupert's recordings can be found on the North Star label, and Harmony Hill (recordings from the Cornish Colony in NH).

Active as a classical and jazz composer, Richard Nelson has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Charles Ives Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.  His compositions have been performed by Speculum Musicae, ALEA III, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at venues including Piccolo Spoleto, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Indiana University, SUNY Buffalo, College Music Society National Convention in Savannah, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, his own Imaginary Ensemble, and others.  Nelson studied composition at Indiana with Don Erb and at Columbia with Mario Davidovsky.  He was Visiting Artist at the University of Cape Town in 2004.   Dr. Nelson is Associate Professor of music and head of the Composition Concentration at the University of Maine at Augusta.  

Karl Henning writes and plays music which no one else dare, in and near Boston. His music has been played and sung on three continents (North America, Europe and Australia). Karl has served at different times as Interim Choir Director and Composer-in-Residence at the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston, where he composed a 40-minute unaccompanied choral setting of the St John Passion (premiered in March of 2008). Current projects include a full evening’s ballet based on Dostoyevsky’s novella White Nights, and a concert piece for orchestra, called Discreet Ersures. Karl holds a B.Mus. with double major in composition and clarinet performance from the College of Wooster (Ohio); a M.A. in composition from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville); and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Buffalo, where he studied with Charles Wuorinen and Louis Andriessen.

The duo “2” is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, Managing Director
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