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November 20, 2016

3 PM at the
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

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Boston’s Ensemble Aubade (Peter H. Bloom, flute; Francis Grimes, viola; and Mary Jane Rupert, harp) will perform the magnificent Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy, celebrating the 100th anniversary of this landmark composition. The piece received its world premiere in Boston on November 7, 1916, more than a month before its Paris debut. Other selections will include the lush and thrilling Sonatine en Trio by Maurice Ravel, the delightful Suite Brêve by Ladislav de Rohozinski, the evocative Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp by Arnold Bax, and the premiere of Karl Henning’s Oxygen Footprint. The piece, written for Ensemble Aubade, is a scintillating romp, with vivid musical colors and vibrant rhythmic counterpoint.

Ensemble Aubade concertizes across the country, acclaimed for stellar musicianship and captivating performances. The group has been hailed for “intensity, imagination, skill, and finesse” (St. Lawrence University) and “rich interpretations and beautiful contrasts” (West Claremont Center for the Arts).

Peter H. Bloom, flute, concertizes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; appears on 40 recordings; and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. The Boston Globe called his playing “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength,” while Jazz Improv praised his “exquisite melody.” An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed for The National Gallery in London, Animusic Portugal in Braga, New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, University of Canberra College of Music (Australia), Payap University in Chiang Mai, Goethe Institute in Bangkok, The Metropolitan Museum, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, The New York Flute Club, The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, among others. He is also a noted jazz artist, veteran of the internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (44th season). He has given lectures and master classes across the globe and has served as historical performance consultant to The American Museum in Britain, The New-York Historical Society, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where he performs and lectures regularly. Mr. Bloom is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music and serves on the faculty of the Snow Pond Composers Workshop. He holds an MM with distinction in flute performance from New England Conservatory and a BA (philosophy) from Boston University.

Mary Jane Rupert, 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 as concert pianist and harpist with chamber ensembles, choral groups and orchestras across the United States, including the Record Players, the Southcoast Chamber Players, Musica Sacra, Cecilia Society, Masterworks Chorale, the Boston Philharmonic, the New Hampshire Symphony, and New Philharmonia. She serves on the faculties of Boston College and Tufts University. Previously, she held teaching positions at Western Michigan University, MIT, and Wellesley College, where she taught harp for 20 years. Dr. Rupert's 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. 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. Her principal teachers were Gyorgy Sebok and Lily Dumont (piano), and Marcel Grandjany (harp).


November 20, 2016

Ensemble Aubade

Peter H. Bloom, flute
Francis Grimes, viola
Mary Jane Rupert, harp

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Arr: Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961)
Sonatine en Trio (1905)

Arnold Bax(1883-1953)
Elegiac Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp (1916)

Ladislav de Rohozinski (1886-1938)
Suite Brêve (1923)


Karl Henning (active)
Oxygen Footprint, Op. 138 (2016, world premiere)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (1915)

Program subject to change.

Admission is at the door only by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. Refreshments are served after the concert catered by A Taste of Europe restaurant.

Thank you!” to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire season possible.

Bloom and Rupert concertize internationally as the Duo “2” (multiple flutes, piano and harp), and can be heard on North Star, Navona and Ravello Records.

Francis Grimes, viola, has performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Opera, Masterworks Chorale, Sinfonova, Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Harvard Chamber Orchestra, and other premier ensembles. He toured nationally with the Star Wars Orchestra and has performed with choral groups in tours of Italy, England and the Czech Republic. He regularly serves in the orchestras of the Colonial and Schubert Theatres. Mr. Grimes has served on the faculties of Milton Academy, All Newton Music School, Community Music Center of Boston, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He attended Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, and completed his BM at Indiana University as a student of William Primrose. He attended summer programs at Tanglewood and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. He also studied with Roman Totenberg, Bernard Kadinoff, Eugene Lehner, and members of the Berkshire String Quartet at Indiana University, and the Fine Arts Quartet at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Ensemble Aubade is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, Director. Visit their Web site at to read more about the group and the individual artists and to hear examples of their work.

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