Artist Series: New from '2'

Artist Series: New from '2' is in the past.

Lipscomb University Artist Series
New from “2”
Music by Elizabeth Vercoe, Richard Nelson, Pamela Marshall and Narong Prangcharoen
Ward Hall, 8 p.m.
Tickets:  $15 general; $10 student

The Lipscomb University Artist series presents the Boston-based duo “2” (Peter H. Bloom, flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo; Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp). The duo, praised for “beautiful phrasing, consummate duet passages, superb technical facility” in the St. Andrews Performing Arts, have performed together for 20 years, touring Asia, Australia, New Zealand and across the United States. They have a  wide-ranging repertoire, from European masterworks to new compositions from across the globe.  They have given premieres of new music in Bangkok, Auckland, Canberra, Boston,Washington DC and throughout the United States.

Peter H. Bloom, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” by The Boston Globe, tours North America, Europe and the Far East and can be heard on 35 CDs.  Mary Jane Rupert, praised by The New York Times as exhibiting “indeed, real sensitivity,” has given solo recitals from Carnegie Hall to Beijing Concert Hall and has appeared with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States.

Known as champions of new music, the duo will perform compositions written for them by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen (winner of the 2013 Barlow Prize), and American composers Pamela Marshall, Richard Nelson and Elizabeth Vercoe, “one of the most inventive composers working in America today,” according to the The Washington Post.

The program, New from “2,” will feature compositions written for them by American composers Elizabeth Vercoe (“Butterfly Effects,” 2008), “one of the most inventive composers working in America today,” according to the The Washington Post ; Richard Nelson (“Play of Light,” 2011) and Pamela Marshall (“Zoa,” 2011).  All of these compositions feature multiple flutes and concert harp – a rare opportunity for audiences to hear new music for this combination of instruments.  The duo will also perform “Between Heaven and Earth” (2008) by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen, written for “2” and given its world premiere in Bangkok during the duo’s 2009 tour of Thailand.