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The Flute Through the Ages, II

Date: Monday - October 23, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Founders Hall

St. Francis College Professor of Fine Arts and flutist Roberta Michel will perform with accompaniment by pianists Mirna Lekiƈ and Andrea Lodge for the Concert at Half Past Twelve, The Flute Through the Ages, II on Monday, October 23 at 12:30 in the College's Founders Hall.roberta michel

The three musicians will perform works by a range of composers including Robert Schumann (Three Romances), François Couperin (Concert Royal No. 4), Inés Thibaut (Sound Imagery No. 6), and others.

For 17 years, under the stewardship of Chair of the Department of Fine Arts Suzanne Forsberg, Concerts at Half Past Twelve has featured an amazing variety of musicians and dancers performing dozens of shows; from brass bands to organ music, bluegrass to Broadway tunes.

The final Concert at Half Past Twelve for the Fall 2017 semester will be:

  • Works for the Piano Inspired by Italy - Compositions by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt
    • Marioara Trifan, piano
      Monday, November 20, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

About the Musicians

Roberta Michel, DMA is a member of ECCE Ensemble, CME, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, and Duo RoMi (with pianist Mirna Lekić) and has performed with Portland String Quartet, Newspeak, Slee Sinfonietta, Wet Ink Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Argento, Iktus, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Cygnus Ensemble among others. She can be heard on New Dynamic, New Focus, Innova, Tzadik, and Meta Records.

Michel has been a Bang on a Can Summer Institute fellow and a participant in the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, as well as participating in festivals at Banff and Domaine Forget. She recently won the Artists International Special Presentation Award and was presented in her debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Other awards include National Flute Association's Graduate Research Competition, Purchase College's Baroque Concerto Competition, Bay Chamber Summer Music Woodwind Prize, and the Emily K. Rand Award. Michel holds degrees from the CU-Boulder, SUNY-Purchase College, and the City University of New York Graduate Center, and her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara O'Connor, Alexa Still, and Jean Rosenblum. Michel resides in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at St. Francis College, Bloomsburg University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Mirna Lekić, piano, has been praised for her "intelligent and sincere pianism" (Examiner) and has performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe, at venues including New York's Carnegie-Weill Hall, Symphony Space, World Trade Center, Chicago Cultural Center, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, and Théâtre de l'Ile Saint-Louis and Théâtre de la Vieille Grille in Paris. Her solo performances have been broadcast on WQXR, WNYC, WFMT, WPRB, and Bosnian TV and radio stations, and her debut solo album, Masks, hailed as "spellbinding" and "a beauty" (Fanfare), was released in 2017 by Centaur Records. Her second recording project, Eastern Currents, which focuses on contemporary chamber music from Asia and features Ensemble 365, is scheduled for release on Romeo Records later this year. Mirna currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Queensborough Community College, CUNY. (www.mirnalekic.com)

Andrea Lodge, piano, has been called a "Must See" (The Telegram, St. John's, Canada). A specialist in the performance of contemporary piano music, she has premiered new works by composers Herbert Deutsch, Salvatore Macchia and C. Curtis Smith, among others. She was awarded top prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for the Performance of New Music. Her recording of works for voice and piano by Marga Richter with tenor William George has just been released by Redshift Music Society.

Andrea lives in New York where she performs regularly as soloist, with the Sorce/Lodge Duo and with Iktus+ new music collective. In 2014 she joined the faculty of the niefnorf contemporary music organization. She has been a featured artist at festivals such as Sound Symposium, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, UNPLAY Festival, International Computer Music Conference and Qubit Noise Non-Ference. As an educator, Andrea teaches piano lessons at Greenwich House Music School, coaches chamber music at SUNY Stony Brook, and is Faculty Pianist at SUNY Suffolk. Andrea received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.

Then in November, don't miss:

Works for the Piano Inspired by Italy

Marioara Trifan, piano

Compositions by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt

Monday, November 20, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

All concerts are held in Founders Hall with a reception to follow.