Apple Orange Pair at Connecticut Summerfest, June 15-21

We are delighted to be returning for a second season as an ensemble-in-residence at Connecticut Summerfest in Hartford, CT! We had a great time collaborating with the festival’s composers last year and look forward to a similarly rewarding and fruitful time this season.

Our opening concert on Friday, June 16 highlights four contemporary compositions for harp and horn with vivid literary connections: Roland, by Michael Weinstein-Reiman; Mask of the Red Death, by S. Beth May; In the Vicinity of Asteroids 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, and 330, by Jonathan Whitin; and AOIDOI: An Odyssey for Horn and Harp, by Lothar Klein.

We will also be performing premieres of new works by Connecticut Summerfest composers Patrick Holcomb, Joshua Sparkman, and Jonathan Newmark in an evening of premieres on Tuesday, June 21.

Please come join us for any of these concerts if you are in the Hartford area this week! We would love to see you at and after the concerts. (As an added incentive, there may be amazing local ice cream served afterwards!).

All performances are in Berkman Recital Hall at the Hartt School at 8:00pm and are free to the public.

Apple Orange Pair is headed to the Camac Festival in Washington DC!

We are very excited and honored to be performing a 30-minute recital at the first DC-area Camac Harp Festival this November! We will be performing on the same larger concert program as Isabelle Moretti on Friday, November 3.

Thanks to Camac Harps for the invitation! We can’t wait to share some fresh chamber music with the DC-area, and to showcase how Colleen’s Camac harp in action.

camac harp festival flyer

Open rehearsal and concert at CCSU postponed

Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen and unavoidable family situation, we have had to postpone the premieres of CCSU faculty works scheduled for March 7 and 9 until later this fall. CCSU has been wonderfully accommodating and helpful and we are confident that we will be able to finish this important part of our residency in early September. Stay tuned for announcements of the new dates for the premieres of pieces by Dr. Charles Menoche and Dr. Brian Kershner.

Update: We will be performing works by Drs. Menoche and Kershner at CCSU on Tuesday and Thursday, September 19 and 21! Event information has been updated on our calendar page.

Apple Orange Pair in Florida!

Fort Lauderdale from the air!

Fort Lauderdale from the air!

While we didn’t get to go to the beach, we nonetheless enjoyed our quick weekend trip to Fort Lauderdale. It was an honor to be invited to perform on Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church’s Sunday afternoon concert series, and CRPC’s organist Chelsea Chen was a fabulous host.

with Chelsea Chen at Coral Ridge

with Chelsea Chen at Coral Ridge

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, for those unfamiliar with it, is known around the US (and outside the US) for hosting world-class musical events, as well as employing world-class artists. Diane Bish, “the first lady of the organ” who popularized organ music on TV through her program “The Joy of Music,” served for many years as organist in residence at CRPC. It was truly an honor to be invited to perform a full-length concert at this very large, very well-known church in south Florida!

Inside Coral Ridge Presbyterian's main sanctuary

Inside Coral Ridge Presbyterian’s main sanctuary

Coral Ridge's famous 300-foot tower

Coral Ridge’s famous 300-foot tower

As you can see, the sanctuary is enormous! The church is equally renowned for its unique architectural style as it is for its music. Due to acoustics and the small nature of our group (only two instruments and no organ!), we performed our concert in the smaller chapel.

Apple Orange Pair performing in Coral Ridge's chapel

Apple Orange Pair performing in Coral Ridge’s chapel

We were impressed at how large our audience was, even though we were in a smaller space, and we even got to meet some young harpists who heard about our concert thanks to the Harp Column and their private teachers!

With young musicians from the audience!

With young musicians from the audience!

The day before our concert, when we weren’t rehearsing, we ventured into Coral Gables nearer Miami to get a taste of south Florida living. Colleen had picked up a last-minute gig at the Biltmore to cover for a friend who was getting married that weekend. It was super fun to put on a fancy dress and play a historic gold Lyon and Healy harp (from 1915) for the tea at the Biltmore for a few hours! Afterwards, we met up with a friend from Connecticut Summerfest who happened to be in Miami the same weekend and we explored the local taco scene. Delicious!

Colleen subbing for tea at the Biltmore

Colleen subbing for tea at the Biltmore

As you can see, we had a great time in Florida. We hope to be back again some day soon!

Central Connecticut State University in January

We are fresh off an invigorating week of working with three very talented student composers at CCSU! It is always a whirlwind experience to learn and workshop entirely new music, and we spent a good amount of our “winter break” between the fall and spring teaching semesters learning, editing, and collaborating long-distance not only with each other but with each composer. It was such a delight to finally meet the composers at CCSU this week! Their pieces were all very different in a way that made for an exciting program. We were also thrilled to perform with CCSU horn professor Barbara Hill; thanks to Barbara for joining us for Nate Pawelek’s two-horns one-harp piece!

With CCSU music faculty and student composers

With CCSU music faculty and student composers. Pictured left to right: Brian Kershner, Ethan Sadoian, Nathaniel Schull, Jonathan Whitin, Charles Menoche

Enjoy these pictures from the open rehearsal and concert! We will also be posting videos of their pieces on YouTube.16473338_1685085181505356_4529603169156126618_n16426090_1685085128172028_3258704406706486638_n16406601_1685085121505362_2619692717923916412_n16298753_1685085424838665_8230824642066952425_n