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First Methodist hosts classical concert
Trinity Standard - December 2008
TRINITY – Classical music will return to Trinity on Friday, Dec. 12, during a special concert performance by artists from the New York-based Piatigorsky Foundation.
The performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 131 N. Elm in Trinity.
Harpist Heidi Krutzen and flutist Lorna McGhee will be re-envisioning the traditional flute and harp duo during the concert.
Exploring the full expressive capabilities of their instruments, they often surprise audiences with a richness of sound, kaleidoscopic colors and dynamic range rarely heard from the flute and harp.
Both are accomplished soloists and orchestral musicians in their own right.
Krutzen is principal harpist with both the Vancouver Opera and CBC Radio orchestras and is regularly featured at festivals such as the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Morning and Bach Dynamite and Dancing Festival.
She is on the faculty for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and teaches at the University of British Columbia.
McGhee is formerly the co-principal flutist with the BBC Symphony, England, and currently teaches at the University of British Columbia.
She has given concerto performances with the London Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Victoria Symphony.
As a duo, Krutzen and McGhee have given concerto performances in Canada and the United States, including a gala performance of Mozart’s Flute and Harp concerto at the 2004 National Flute Association Convention.
Their performances have been broadcast on Netherlands Radio, CBC and NPR radio stations.
Their first CD, “Taheke, 20th Century Masterpieces for Flute and Harp,” was released on the Skylark label in 2004 to critical acclaim.
They have since commissioned three new works from Canadian composers, all of which are included on their latest CD, “Canada, New Works for Flute and Harp.”
Both Krutzen and McGhee have given recitals and master classes at many North American universities, as well as outreach tours for the Piatigorsky Foundation in the United States.
In 2006, they were guest artists at the British Flute Society Convention.
For over 18 years the Piatigorsky Foundation has worked to help bring classical music performances to smaller communities throughout the nation. Last year, the foundation presented a tour through East Texas that reached over 2,685 people in East Texas.
Founded in 1990 by Evan Drachman, the foundation is named for his grandfather, the renowned cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.
Piatigorsky deeply believed in the inspiration and healing power of classical music and once said, “Music makes life better. Music is a necessity. It is rich. It is imaginative. It is magnificent. And it is for everyone.”