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Vermont Virtuosi's 'Trio con Brio'


Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30pm

Vermont Virtuosi – “one of the state's preeminent professional chamber music ensembles” [Barre-Montpelier Times Argus] – continues its 2015 season with a concert for flute, clarinet, and piano. Trio con Brio will feature flutist and artistic director Laurel Ann Maurer, clarinetist Karen Luttik, and pianist Claire Black performing works of the late 19th, 20th, and early 21st century by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Francis Poulenc, Michael Webster, and Vermont composer David Gunn.

The program will take the listener on a musical journey through different styles and emotions as the Trio strives to bring the character of the music they play to ‘life'. From the sweet story telling character of the Dolly Suite by Gabriel Fauré, to the sensuous and evocative nature of Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun and finally culminating in the dramatic music of Carmen Rhapsody, Trio con Brio performs music that is exciting and beautiful. 

Vermont Virtuosi – whose instrumental makeup changes depending on the concert theme – performs a dynamic repertoire of both familiar and new: although only two years old, the ensemble has already commissioned and premiered five works from Vermont composers. (A sixth will take place in November and at least one more is slated for the 2016 season.) Vermont Virtuosi last performed at Brandon Music in October 2014 as Pipe Dreams , an ensemble of seven flutes.

Laurel Ann Maurer has been lauded by The New York Times as “a secure technician and an assured communicative interpreter.” According to Fanfare Magazine, she is “superb in every way.” And The Salt Lake Tribune proclaimed Laurel to be “stellar in both tone and technique. She is a master of coloration and interpretation.” Laurel studied with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Samuel Baron, and participated in master classes of Marcel Moyse. Among her 12 commercially released CDs are “More American Flute Works” and the Jeff Mannokian “Flute Concerto,” both of which were nominated for a Grammy Award. Laurel has performed and given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Khachaturian Hall in Yerevan, Armenia. She was principal flutist of the Salt Lake Symphony for 12 years, and has more recently performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. Laurel maintains an active teaching studio in Barre and Colchester, Vermont.

Karen Luttik has been praised for her “musicality and innovative performance.” She has taught and performed extensively in Asia, Europe, and the United States, having started her career in Asia as solo clarinetist with the Singapore Symphony before working in Europe with the solo clarinetist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the Netherlands, she initiated innovative approaches to chamber music through multimedia performances and recordings with the Aleotti and Delta trios and the Kurios Clarinet Quartet. Conferences provided by MusicaLeren introduced new audiences to the beauty, skill sets, and disciplines of outstanding classical performance. Since returning to the U.S. in 2008, Karen has performed with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cape Cod Symphony, Symphony N.H., Granite State Symphony, the Longfellow Festival Orchestra, Aliento Chamber Players, and Classicopia. She teaches an enthusiastic group of clarinet students at the Nashua (N.H.) Community Music School.

Claire Black has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborator throughout North America. Originally from the heart of the Adirondacks, Claire spent eight years in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked as a staff accompanist at Baldwin Wallace University, accompanied several area choirs, and earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Margarita Shevchenko. Her deep interest and commitment to chamber music includes many years of performance tours with the Cialde Quintet and with her cello/piano Elegua Duo. Often collaborating with Laurel Ann Maurer, she hopes to establish many more fruitful partnerships in Vermont. Claire is also an avid piano instructor. She taught via the Oberlin Community Music School, in her own studio, and at CIM's Summer Sonata festival for young pianists. She has established a private piano studio in South Burlington and freelances as a choral and solo accompanist. Claire also accompanies the Burlington Choral Society.

Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for an additional $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.


Phone: 802-247-4295