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Recital for Haverford College Concert Artist Series

Mimi and pianist Charles Abramovic were delighted when the Haverford College series asked them to make a virtual recital on video rather than simply postpone their appearance due to Covid. Here is the unusual result, filmed mostly outdoors!

Join Mimi and Charlie for a Franco-American program with music by Debussy, Fauré, Dutilleux, Poulenc, Confrey, Wernick, Jacob, and Hoover, with a conversation about the pieces woven in.

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“Tea with Mimi” #15 with virtual guest composer Samuel Adler

Today’s episode featured celebrated composer Samuel Adler in conjunction with Dolce Suono Ensemble’s fall season of DSE Presents and “Fall for Chamber Music” online initiatives. I performed his Sonata for Solo Flute and gave the world premiere of Alone, Together: A Monologue for Solo Flute, written for me. It also includes my interview with Adler, an excerpt from our work session on the music, and his introductions to the pieces.

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“Tea with Mimi” #13 & #14 + Dolce Suono Ensemble’s “Claude Debussy Centennial Festival” virtual broadcast

To celebrate Claude Debussy’s birthday on August 22, my Dolce Suono Ensemble and I combined “Tea with Mimi” with our first ever online broadcast of an entire DSE concert. We hosted the virtual “Claude Debussy Centennial Festival” with both concerts from our 2018 project and my introductions to each concert in “Tea with Mimi”. It was magnifique to revisit these exciting concerts!

“Tea with Mimi” #13 click here

“Pleasure is the Law” concert below

“Tea with Mimi” #14 and “Between the Notes” concert below

Tea with Mimi #12 – American-French Connections

In this episode, I perform solo flute works by Franco-American composer Betsy Jolas and American composer Adolphus Hailstork, who studied with Nadia Boulanger. I was honored to work with him on his piece Yuhwa, which I premiered on this Livestream.

Betsy Jolas, Episode #1 (1964)

Adolphus Hailstork, Yuhwa for solo flute (2019) [world premiere]

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Samples from Olivier Messiaen, Le merle noir and Darius Milhaud, Sonatine

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Tea with Mimi #11 – Vive la France! – Bastille Day

“Tea with Mimi” #11 – Vive la France! – Bastille Day

My mostly French program in honor of Bastille Day picked up where I left off last week, with British music, before crossing the channel to France.

Gordon Jacob, The Pied Piper 

I. Spell

II. The March to the River Weser

Gabriel Fauré, Morceau de Concours with Charles Abramovic, piano on recording

Jacques Ibert, Pièce pour flûte seule

Joseph-Henri Altès, selected Etudes

The Livestream video got cut off, unfortunately, so I re-recorded the next works on the second video.

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Selections in my arrangements

C’est si bon

“Tea with Mimi” #8 – Las Américas part 2 – June 16, 2020

The continuation of my “Las Américas” theme explored over two weeks of my Facebook Livestreams. I had to restart the live video so there are two videos, below.

Video 1
Bach, Allemande from Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013

Ricardo Lorenz, Nocturnos de Medianoche (premiere)

Video 2

Marin Marais, Les folies d’Espagne for solo flute

Ana María Gutiérrez Martínez, Sevillanas Rocieras for solo piccolo (premiere)

Pixinguinha, Vou Vivendo

Leonard Bernstein, America from West Side Story

“Tea with Mimi” #6 – American Music – Facebook Livestream, May 26, 2020

I devoted this episode to American music in honor of Memorial Day, which was yesterday.

Here are the pieces I performed, with start times in the video:

:00 America the Beautiful

Aaron Copland, Duo for Flute and Piano selection from I. Flowing

George Gershwin, “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess

Dana Suesse, “My Silent Love”

Daniel Kellogg, Five Sketches for Solo Flute (recorded on my album Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano, Innova Recordings)

Ricky Lombardo, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

Vincent Persichetti, Parable for Piccolo XII

Leonard Bernstein, “Maria” and “Tonight” from West Side Story

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More of my and Dolce Suono Ensemble’s recordings and videos of American music:

Dolce Suono Trio “American Canvas”: premieres of Shulamit Ran, Jennifer Higdon, Zhou Tian Andrea Clearfield

Jelly Roll Morton, The Pearls and Shreveport Stomp

Samuel Barber, Canzone

Amy Beach, Romance: two performances – DSE and Virginia Tech

Marion Bauer, Prelude and Fugue

Walter Piston, Sonata for Flute and Piano

Griffes, Poem for Flute and Orchestra

Dana Suesse, Night Sky: two performances – Michigan State University and DSE

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“Tea with Mimi” #5 – Music and Literature – Facebook Livestream, May 19, 2020

This afternoon I explored music with connections to literature or the spoken word in different ways. Thank you to everyone who tuned in! I appreciate your comments a great deal.

Here are the pieces I performed, with start times in the video:

Intro + outro = Altamiro Carrilho, Aeroporto do Galeao (Brazilian choro)

3:10 Fang Man, A Folktale of the Four Dragons

17:12 Johannes Donjon, Études de Salon Élégieétude and Le Chant du vent

27:00 C.P.E. Bach, Sonata in A Minor for Solo Flute I. Poco adagio

34:28 Benjamin Lees, Soliloquy Music from King Lear

43:52 Claude Debussy, Nuit d’étoiles and Beau soir

Some of the above repertoire in other performances on my YouTube Channel (please subscribe for new videos!):

Donjon, C.PE. Bach, Debussy

“Tea with Mimi” #4 – Opera, part 2 – Facebook Livestream, May 12, 2020

In this episode, I continued my opera theme from last week. It was so much fun, and opened up many wonderful program possibilities. It was nice to get great feedback on last week’s opera quiz. Very impressed with our participants!

Here are the pieces I performed, with start times in the video:

0:00 Gabriel Fauré, Après un rêve opening for composer’s birthday
3:32 Saverio Mercadante, Theme and Variations on Mozart’s “La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni
12:22 François Borne, Fantaisie Brilliante on Bizet’s Carmen
24:39 William Schuman, XXV Opera Snatches
32:48 Giacomo Puccini, “Mi chiamano Mimi” from La bohème
39:30 Pixinguinha and Benedito Lacerda, Naquele tempo

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Debussy’s “Syrinx” en blanc et noir at Kingston Chamber Music Festival

Before rehearsal on stage at Kingston Chamber Music Festival at the University of Rhode Island, I noticed that my black and white outfit mirrored the acoustic shell and floor. I thought of Debussy’s En blanc et noir for two pianos! After Syrinx, we gathered for Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

I had a thrilling week at KCMF and am very grateful to Natalie Zhu, tremendous pianist and artistic director, for including me in her 10th anniversary season. Below are photos of our wonderful ensemble that performed the Copland: me on flute, Igor Begelman, clarinet, Rose Vrbsky, bassoon, Hilary Hahn, Ayano Ninomiya, Juliette Kang, Zachary DePue, violins, Che-Hung Chen, Ren Martin-Doike, violas, Priscilla Lee, Clancy Newman, cello, Nathan Farrington, bass, Natalie Zhu, piano

Copland at KCMF