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Astralis Chamber Ensemble to present ‘At Dusk’ concert

By Staff | Mar 15, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The Astralis Chamber Ensemble will perform on March 25 at the Captiva Civic Center.

Tickets are on sale for a chamber music concert scheduled at the Captiva Civic Center.

The Captiva Civic Association will present the Astralis Chamber Ensemble performing “At Dusk” on March 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. There will be a pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m. with wine provided.

“(It) is an innovative and dynamic ensemble performing with much acclaim across the globe,” Executive Director Paul Garvey said.

The trio includes flutist Angela Massey, cellist Troy Chang and harpist Katherine Siochi.

“This ‘At Dusk’ concert features works by Arthur Foote, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frdric Chopin, Gabriel Faur, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Sans and Maurice Ravel,” he said.

Garvey noted that it will be an hour-long performance with no intermission.

Through creative programming and presentations on the works performed, the ensemble aims to make classical music more accessible and for audiences to make a lasting connection to the music. The musicians have performed together for years and some for over two decades on major concert series and at notable venues. Another focus of the ensemble is to support the development of art through new compositions and bring recognition to the composers that exist today.

As of March 13, approximately 70 tickets were available.

“It’s wide open at the moment,” he said.

The tickets are $15 for CCA members and $25 for non-members.

While non-refundable, the tickets are transferable.

As a soloist, Massey has been a featured guest artist with the Tryon Concert Association, Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts Legacy Hall and National Flute Association Convention, among others. Outside of the United States, she has performed in England, France, Germany, Italy, Romania and Switzerland. Massey serves as artistic director and founder of the Astralis Chamber Ensemble, arranging and performing numerous recitals each year. She holds a flute and piccolo position with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Massey was awarded prizes in the Alexander and Buono Competition, Frank Bowen Competition and Myrna Brown Competition, and a certificate in the Gheorghe Dima International Competition in Romania.

Chang, a native of Concord, Massachusetts, is in demand in a wide array of musical settings, whether that be symphonic, operatic, chamber or solo music. He joined the Sarasota Opera Orchestra in 2013, Sarasota Orchestra in 2017, and since 2015 is principal cello of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Chang was on the cello and theory faculty at the Luzerne Music Center in Lake Luzerne, New York, where he also curated the Faculty Chamber Music Series. He spends his summers with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and as principal cello with the Charlottesville Opera Orchestra in Charlottesville, Virginia. On faculty at Florida Southern College, Chang resides in Tampa and performs regularly with The Florida Orchestra.

Siochi is an internationally-acclaimed harp soloist and principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra. She is the 2016 gold medalist of the 10th USA International Harp Competition and is only the second American to win it since 1989. Siochi has received numerous awards in national harp competitions as well, including first prize in the American Harp Society’s Advanced and Young Professional divisions. From 2015-2017, she was concert artist for the American Harp Society, presenting recitals and masterclasses in over 20 U.S. cities. As an orchestral musician, Siochi has appeared in Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and substitutes frequently with the New York Philharmonic. As a soloist, she has performed across the United States and in Hong Kong, China and Israel.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the CCA at 239-472-2111.

For more on the Astralis Chamber Ensemble, visit astralisensemble.com.

The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane.