Hello and welcome,
Currently, as we all know and are experiencing, the world has been turned upside down. My heart and prayers go out to all, and especially to those who have suffered, and are suffering, profound losses. There are so many who have struggles that are unimaginable. And for whom the future must seem very dark. We must wish for, fervently hope for, and most importantly work towards every single day, a cure to illness, truly anti-racist communities the world over, and to see injustices all around us not only righted, but eradicated.
At the moment, most concerts are on hold, and/or in the process of being rescheduled. Pianist Matthew Odell and I hope to present a live, in-person concert on October 11th at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon (NH), at 2pm. If we cannot perfom a live concert, we hope to video record a concert in its place. Acacia Chamber Music also hopes to be able to perfom in September. We have a brand new arrangement of Mussorsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” arranged specially for us, by Bob Neighbor, and which employs a veritable plethora of wind instruments! It is super fun, and very challenging!
If you are unfamiliar with Cameo Baroque or Cameo Arts Foundation, Inc. please take a look at the Cameo Baroque page. We are a period instrument ensemble I have the great pleasure to be a member of-CAF, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that grew out of our interest in performing baroque music combined with a commitment to community enrichment.
Thank you to John Lunn for his help and advice with getting this site up and running. Without his gentle encouragement and good advice I would still be mulling it over. And, without John and Meredith Lunn my flutes would not be playing the way they do. The Lunn team is amazing.
And, lastly, any exciting or interesting news, I will be sure and post right here.
Thank you for visiting! Be well, stay safe, and make the world a better place.
Matthew Odell and I very are excited to announce the release of our album, Sonatas for Flute and Piano, by Gary Schocker
It is difficult to accurately communicate how much gratitude I feel in being able to share the news that this album is now available. Growing up in Oakland, CA, I listened, a lot, to the song “It’s a Small World.” As in, listened all the time-I loved that song! Childhood “stuff” aside, it is a small world, and so to be treasured and nurtured. But without question, also a really big world. Without the people who (some without even knowing) help us to navigate, continue, and progress-where would any of us be? And then of course the people that step-up when asked and do whatever they can to help-what gifts to have been given. I hold all these people close in my heart, and am so grateful for their generosity in every single way, and most especially for their unwavering kindness.
You can find our album on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and Naxos under our names, or Gary Schocker’s name.
These wonderfully conceived and truly collaborative works are filled with wit, charm, beautiful lines, and virtuosic passages for both instruments. Gary Schocker, one of America’s most important and unique compositional voices, truly captures the best of both instruments and the colors they are capable of producing in these diverse and dialogue-filled chamber sonatas.
We did make it to Paris and back just before everything was shut down. We were extremely grateful to have the opportunity to play for a lovely, welcoming audience at L’eglise Saint-Merry, as part of the concert series Accueil Musical, performing music of Schubert, Rogerson, Carter, Schocker, Merlet, and Franck.
We are also extremely grateful to Michel Merlet and his wife Sophie for not only coming to the concert, but for meeting with us the next day to work on M. Merlet’s music for flute and piano, and for flute alone. We hope to begin recording this wonderful music, as well as his trio for flute, cello, and piano, sometime in the next year. Having the opportunity to work with M. Merlet was as invaluable as it was inspiring. His support and enthusiasm for this project, so dear to our hearts, means so much.
And-my husband and I made it to the Louvre the day before it closed! Seeing the Mona Lisa in real life was everything people say it is! And more…