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Internationally Acclaimed Musical Duo, ‘2’, to Perform in Concert

September 23, 2013

Carleton College is pleased to present a special performance by the international musical duo, ‘2,’ on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Comprised of classical musicians Peter H. Bloom (flute) and Mary Jane Rupert (piano and harp), ‘2’ has been praised world-wide for their “beautiful phrasing, consummate duet passages, and superb technical facility.” This performance is free and open to the public.

The duo’s Northfield program, Bach to the Future, will include Sonata in A Major BWV 1032 by J.S. Bach, Duo for Flute and Piano (1971) by Aaron Copland, Fantaisie Opus 124 by Camille Saint-Saëns, and Butterfly Effects by American composer Elizabeth Vercoe, hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the most inventive composers working in America today.”  Butterfly Effects was written for “2” and received its world premiere during their 2009 tour of Thailand.  The piece showcases the entire flute family (concert flute, alto flute, bass flute, and piccolo for one player) with concert harp.

Based in Boston, “2” performs masterworks by European and American composers, and has premiered new music in Bangkok, Auckland, Canberra, and other cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad. Peter H. Bloom, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), tours North America, Europe and the Far East and can be heard on 35 CDs. Mary Jane Rupert, praised by The New York Times as exhibiting “indeed, real sensitivity,” has given solo recitals from Carnegie Hall to Beijing Concert Hall and has appeared with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States.

Performer Bios:

Peter H. Bloom, flute, concertizes widely in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; appears on 35 recordings from labels including SONY Classical, Dorian, Leo Records and others; 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, Sydney & Southern Highlands Music Society (Australia), Goethe Institute in Bangkok, Yale Center for British Art, Metropolitan Museum, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, the 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 (41st season).  He has given lectures and master classes across the globe and 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 contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music www.noteworthysheetmusic.com  and a board member of The James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, Mr. Bloom 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 Beijing Concert Hall. She has appeared with chamber ensembles, choral groups and orchestras across the U.S., including performances with The Record Players, 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. Her recordings can be found on the North Star label and Harmony Hill. Her arrangements of the Nutcracker Suite for Flute and Harp and Flute and Piano are published by Noteworthy Sheet Music. Currently she is on the faculty 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 holds a BM in Piano from Oberlin College, and an MM in Piano, MM in Harp and DM in Piano Performance and Music Literature from Indiana University.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of Music. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4475. The Carleton College Concert Hall is located on First Street, between Winona and Nevada Streets, in Northfield.