May 27, 2011
Pan Harmonia, featuring small ensembles of top-flight professional performers, will present a series of concerts at UNC Asheville – one for children, one for adults who've kept their sense of musical adventure, and one featuring adult students who have spent a week studying with Pan Harmonia. Classical Voice North Carolina described one of the group's recent performances as "spellbinding," with "joy-filled abandon."
The highlight of the concert series, "A Mixed Bag of Winds," will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The program, featuring flute, trumpet, French horn, bassoon and cello, and spanning six centuries of music, embodies music director Kate Steinbeck's desire to branch beyond typical chamber music repertoire and instrumentation.
The performance will begin with a madrigal by early English composer Thomas Morley, and ends with Christopher Gunning's lush but dark theme for the TV series, "Agatha Christie's Poirot." The concert will also feature the world premier of "Variations on a Lullabye" by contemporary composer Bryan Burkett, the jazz-tinged "Bipperies" by Lowell Shaw, music by Heitor Villa-Lobos of Brazil, and works by Americans Steve Reich and Stanley Friedman.
The musicians will be Steinbeck, flute; Elizabeth Austin, cello; Eric Dircksen, bassoon; John Bryant, trumpet; and Jennifer Merrell, French horn. Tickets for the June 16 concert are $20 for the public, $12 for UNC Asheville faculty and staff, and free for UNC Asheville students. Tickets are available at the door, online at uncatickets.com, and at Highsmith University Union's front desk. For information about tickets, call 828.232.5000.
The children's concert, an informal and interactive show, will be free and open to the public at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Grotto at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union.
The musicians of Pan Harmonia are also serving as faculty for the Asheville Chamber Music Institute, a week-long institute at UNC Asheville for adult amateur woodwind and brass players from all over the country. The participants in the institute will offer a culminating recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center, also free and open to the public.
For more information, visit pan-harmonia.org, call Kate Steinbeck at 828.254.7123, or the UNC Asheville Office of Cultural Events at 828.251.6991.