The Keighton Fund of Curry College will present Ensemble Aubade (Peter H. Bloom, flute; Francis Grimes, viola; and Mary Jane Rupert, piano) on April 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm on the Curry College campus, 1071 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, MA 02186, in the Hafer Academic Building, Parents’ Lounge. Free and open to the public, with reception to follow. For information: 617-333-2128.
In an exuberant concert spanning many styles and centuries, the ensemble will perform Quartet for Keyboard, Flute and Viola Wq 94 (1788) by C.P.E Bach; Trio Opus 63 (1819) by Carl Maria von Weber; Postcards to Old Friends (1966) by Robert Russell Bennett; Oxygen Footprint (2016) by Karl Henning; and the premiere of Reverie (2018) by Robert Keighton.
The Keighton Fund was established in 1990 by the Pines Bridge Foundation and named for Dr. Robert L. Keighton, professor of Politics and History who has been teaching at Curry College for 52 years. The purpose of the fund is "to provide lectures and performances at Curry College by individuals who are prominent in the fields of academics, arts, sciences, and public service."
Ensemble Aubade concertizes across the United States. The group has been hailed for “intensity, imagination, skill, and finesse” (St. Lawrence University), and their music has been called “dynamic, expressive, richly colored and affecting” (Sisters of Loretto, Kentucky). Recent appearances include The Saint Louis Art Museum, The Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series (NY), the Webster Series (Hanover, NH), the Master Arts Series (Knoxville), the Mississippi Chambre Music Guild, Lewis University Arts and Ideas (Illinois), and the Auburn Chamber Music Series (Alabama), to name a few.
Peter H. Bloom, flute, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), performs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Far East; is featured on 45 recordings; and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. He has concertized with chamber ensembles in London, Bangkok, Canberra, Wellington, Ottawa, and other world capitals, and in hundreds of cities across 40 states and four continents. He is also a noted jazz artist, veteran of the acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (46th 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 The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where he performs and lectures regularly. He is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music.
Francis Grimes, viola, has performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Opera, Boston Ballet, Masterworks Chorale, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonova, and other distinguished ensembles, and regularly serves in the orchestras of the Colonial and Schubert Theatres. He toured nationally with the Star Wars Orchestra; and performed with choral groups in Italy, England and the Czech Republic.
Mary Jane Rupert, piano, 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 United States. She serves on the faculties of Boston College and Tufts University and taught previously at MIT, Wellesley College, and Western Michigan University, among others. 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.
Ensemble Aubade is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks.