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La Voce di Gabriele

Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Kris Kwapis (baroque trumpet) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) play works by Girolamo Fantini and Girolamo Frescobaldi, two of the most accomplished instrumentalists of the early 17th Century.

Acclaimed for her ‘sterling tone’ in the New York Times, Kris Kwapis enjoys playing baroque trumpet and cornetto with several period instrument ensembles including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Mercury Baroque, Bourbon Baroque, New York Collegium, Tafelmusik, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Green Mountain Project, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Foundling Baroque Orchestra, I Furiosi, NY State Baroque, Vancouver Early Music, Lyra Baroque, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, and Early Music NY, making music with conductors such as Andrew Parrott, Richard Egarr, Alexander Weimann, and Masaaki Suzuki. Her playing is heard on Kleos, Naxos, ReZound, Lyrichord and Dorian labels, and broadcast on CBC Radio, WQED (Pittsburgh), Wisconsin Public Radio and WNYC. Kris is the Director of La Voce di Gabriele and former Artistic Director of Spiritus Collective. A student of Armando Ghitalla on modern trumpet, with a BM and MM in trumpet performance from the University of Michigan, Dr. Kwapis holds a DMA in historical performance, and lectures on historical brass performance practice with recent appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, University of Wyoming, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Louisville, Madison Early Music Festival, Pacific Lutheran University and Rutgers University. Kris is a faculty member at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music Early Music Institute (teaching cornetto and baroque trumpet), and teaches at the new early music program led by Stephen Stubbs at Seattle’s Cornish School of the Arts. www.kriskwapis.com

Praised by The Times for his ‘daring and fiery performances’ and by Opera Today as ‘the leading harpsichordist of his generation,’ the Iranian-born Mahan Esfahani (b. 1984) is the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist and to be awarded a fellowship prize by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. Recent highlights have included performances of of Kalabis’ Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra (1975) with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Martinu’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra (1935) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek, and Poulenc’s Concert Champetre (1928) with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Last season, he also gave his solo debut at the Wigmore Hall (broadcast on BBC Radio 3), about which the Daily Telegraph exclaimed ”the harpsichord comes out of hiding…magnificent.” In addition, his recording of the Poulenc concerto was issued in May 2010 with BBC Music Magazine, and he has been featured as a “Hot Property” by Classic FM magazine. With a repertoire that spans four centuries, Esfahani works to take the harpsichord beyond the realm of ‘early music’ and to major festivals and series in the mainstream of Classical Music across Europe, Canada, and the United States. Highlights of the past season have included, in addition to numerous solo recitals, appearances as a director and soloist with The English Concert at the Lufthansa Festival, Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra, and the Manchester Camerata, recitals with such singers as Paul Agnew and James Bowman at Spitalfields and the Wigmore Hall, and his debut in the Far East with the Malaysian Philharmonic. In July of 2011 he sold out London’s Cadogan Hall with the first solo harpsichord recital in the 116-year history of the BBC Proms, and next season sees appearances as a director, harpsichordist/fortepianist, or concerto soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Hamburger Symphoniker, the Prague Symphony chamber concerts, the Istanbul Bach Days, the Hanover Band, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Festival of Flanders at Bruges, the New Dutch Academy in The Hague, New York’s Frick Collection, and across the United Kingdom. Esfahani studied as a President’s Scholar at Stanford University where his principal mentor was the musicologist George Houle; he went on to pursue his performance studies under the supervision of the Australian harpsichordist Peter Watchorn (Boston) and the Italian organist Lorenzo Ghielmi (Milan) before settling in the United Kingdom in as Artist-in-Residence at New College, Oxford. As a guest instructor he has given lectures and taught at the University of York and the Royal Northern College of Music. In the autumn of 2010 he was made an honorary member of the senior common room at Keble College, Oxford. www.mahanesfahani.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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