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Flute, harp duo to perform holiday concert

By Staff | Dec 3, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The Astralis Chamber Ensemble will perform on Dec. 9 at the Captiva Civic Center.

A chamber music concert at the Captiva Civic Center will help to kick off the holidays.

The Captiva Civic Association will present the Astralis Chamber Ensemble performing “Holiday Nocturnes” on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

“It is free and open to the community,” Board of Governors President Lisa Riordan.

The duo will feature Angela Massey on flute and Alexis Colner on harp.

“This is actually the second time the Astralis Chamber Ensemble will perform. They performed last March,” she said. “The response was positive, so we thought that it would be nice to bring them back earlier in the season, so those in the community not here in March have an opportunity to see them.”

PHOTO PROVIDED The Astralis Chamber Ensemble will perform on Dec. 9 at the Captiva Civic Center.

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 a decade 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 today’s composers.

“We’re very excited to bring Angela Massey back to Captiva,” Riordan said, noting that Colner is performing on the island for the first time. “We’re certainly looking forward to meeting her.”

The concert will have a holiday theme.

“They will be performing holiday nocturnes,” she said.

The program will entail: “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Ralph Vaughn Williams and arranged by Jennifer Grady; “Pavane, op. 50” by Gabriel Faure; Nocturne on “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” by Daniel Dorff; “Suite en Duo pour Flte et Harpe,” featuring “Prambule,” “Modr,” “Assez Lent” and “Danse onze Temps,” by Jean Cras; “Nocturne in E-flat Major, G. vi62” by Mikhail Glinka; “Deux Esquisses Antiques,” featuring “Scaph” and “Dryades,” by Dsir-mile Inghelbrecht; and “Sonata for Flute and Harp,” featuring “Andante con Moto,” “Menuetto” and “Allegro Molto,” by Adrian Shaposhnikov.

“It’s a different type of holiday concert, different type of instruments,” Riordan said. “It’s something new, so people can experience holiday music in a different type of format than they’re used to.”

Massey has been a featured guest artist with the Tryon Concert Association, Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City, National Flute Association Convention and invited to perform a Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto with the Southwest Florida Symphony. 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-piccolo position with the Southwest Florida Symphony and performs regularly with the Sarasota Orchestra. Massey was awarded prizes in the Alexander and Buono Competition, Frank Bowen Competition and Myrna Brown Competition and certificate in the Gheorghe Dima International Competition in Romania.

Colner began her classical harp studies at the age of 5 while living abroad in the Netherlands. Over the course of her 20-plus years of study, she has worked with teachers like Valerie Muzzolini, principal harpist of the Seattle Symphony; Marie-Pierre Langlamet, principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic; and Nancy Allen, principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic. Colner has a recurring position as a substitute player with the New World Symphony, The Orchestra NOW and The New York Philharmonic, where she has played under the batons of conductors like Alan Gilbert, Peter Oundjian, Michael Tilson Thomas and Jaap van Sweden. She has spent summers at the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival and School, where she was the recipient of the Harp Fellowship, Spoleto USA Festival, and touring with the Orchestra of the Americas.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the show.

“This is something a bit different,” Riordan said. “It’s a very very enjoyable experience, and it’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit.”

For more information, visit www.ccacaptiva.org or call 239-472-2111.

The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva.