Bloomingdale School of Music
16 Silver Keys: Music for the Traditional
(and not so Traditional) Flute
Featuring Flutist Tia Roper
FREE Community Concert
Sunday, November 20, 3:00 pm
New York, New York — Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) is pleased to present a free concert entitled, 16 Silver Keys: Music for the Traditional (and not so Traditional) Flute featuring BSM faculty members flutist Tia Roper and guitarist Alejandro Cote, joined by guest artist Mitchell Vines on piano on Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 pm in the David Greer Recital Hall at the school’s home site located at 323 West 108th Street (off of Broadway) in Manhattan. Admission is FREE and seating is limited.
The concert is part of the School’s Voices New and Old Series, and for this program, BSM flute faculty member Tia Roper showcases the flute through its versatility and captivating style. The musical selections embrace a combination of classical, contemporary, and popular modes from South America to Europe. The selected works feature great virtuosity and lyricism highlighted by extended techniques, 21st century nuances, and contemporary lyrical genres, bringing to light the complete and modern capabilities of the flute.
VOICES NEW AND OLD represents the essence of BSM’s approach to concert presenting, with each concert built around a theme or composer or other aesthetic connective tissue. Currently curated by BSM piano faculty member Marc Peloquinn, over the years this series has presented a wildly diverse range of concerts, including Schumann’s Chamber Music Year; Jazz Modernists; The Curious Case of the Sonata, New York, New York, 20th Century Wind Music and many others. Performances of several major works have taken place in this series as well, such as Pierrot Lunaire, L’Histoire du Soldat, Schumann’s Piano Quintet, the Franck Violin Sonata and Concerti by Gene Bertoncini.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
A distinguished soloist and concert artist, Dr. Tia Roper has given concert performances in Russia, Switzerland, the Barbados, Japan, Venezuela, and throughout the United States. She won the grand prize in the Artists International Debut Recital Award Competition and received critical acclaim for her Carnegie Hall recital debut. The New York Amsterdam News applauded Roper’s remarkable technical command of her instrument as well as highly refined musicianship.” She has been a featured guest on Boston’s television show “It’s all about the Arts” as well as Houston’s KUHF 88.7 radio station where her collaboration as a member of Aperio Music of the Americas has been broadcast. Her debut album, The Magic Flute, on the Albany Records label has received glowing reviews. American Record Guide says: “Roper is a terrific flutist whose playing is polished and technique is solid.” Tia Roper was a student at the Juilliard Pre-College where she graduated with honors. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, her Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Boston University, and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University. As an active music educator, Ms. Roper is on the faculty of the Bloomingdale School of Music and the Usdan Center for the Creative & Performing Arts. In addition, she is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York. For more information on Dr. Tia Roper, please visit: www.tiaroper.com
Guitarist Alejandro Saladin Cote is a versatile performer who has an extensive repertoire as both a solo and chamber musician. Recent performances include recitals in Atlanta, Austin, Houston and New York City as well as solo and chamber performances throughout the southeastern United States. Additionally, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Schwartz Hall at Emory University, La Belle Alliance in Curacao, and Cas di Cultura in Aruba. He has been a featured performer at the Amelia Chamber Music Festival, the Madison Chamber Music Festival and the Water Island Chamber Music Festival in the Virgin Islands. Cote has been on the faculties of Emory University in Atlanta and the Bloomingdalse School of Music in New York. He has released to recordings for the Artek label, Silhouettes: New American Music for Guitar and Spanish Guitar Music. Cote’s principle teachers include David Leisner and Julian Gray. A native of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, Cote currently lives in New York.
Guest artist Mitchell Vines’ active performing career has taken him to Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. The German newspaper Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine wrote “The sensitive playing of American pianist Mitchell Vines captivated the audience. He performed with virtuosity and bravura.” Mitchell’s professional associations include Berkshire Choral International, New York Summer Opera Scenes, Trinity Church Wall Street, CantaLyrica Chamber Choir, and the Vermont Music and Arts Center. He was twice soloist with the New York Repertory Orchestra, performing Bartok’s 3rd piano concerto and Milhaud’s Le Carnaval d’Aix. Mitchell has performed with numerous singers and instrumentalists, and is in high demand as a collaborative pianist. His teaching experience includes positions with the Aspen Music Festival, Mannes School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and the Harlem School of the Arts, and he is a music director for theater, opera and cabaret. Mitchell is the artistic director of Afternoon Music, a concert series in Summit, NJ.
ABOUT BLOOMINGDALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Now in its 52nd year, BSM has served more than 80,000 children and adults through group classes, private instruction, and performance opportunities in classical, jazz, and rock music. Each week, over 650 students of all ages participate in a wide range of music-making, including early childhood classes, a comprehensive pre-college program, free community concerts, and internet-based music programs. With accessibility central to its mission, more than 20% of Bloomingdale’s student body receives financial aid and scholarship assistance annually. For more information on Bloomingdale School of Music’s programs and concerts, visit www.bsmny.org, call the office at 212-663-6021, or email [email protected].
The Bloomingdale School of Music is a proud member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is made possible with support from: Foundations: Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, New York Community Trust, Pinkerton Foundation, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, Brenner Family Foundation, Lotos Foundation, Columbia Community Service, Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Exploring the Metropolis Con Edison Composers’ Residency Program, Libby Holman Foundation, D’Addario Foundation, Bernstein Family Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation; Public: Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, New York State Assembly Member Daniel J. O’Donnell; Corporations: Colgate-Palmolive, and generous individual donors.