|Three members of the Colorado Chamber Players, a classical music ensemble based in Denver, will be performing in the Jones Theater in Westcliffe on Sunday, April 30. This unusual group includes players of flute, viola and harp.
The performance is being sponsored by the local In Concert organization.
Paul Nagem is the principal flute player for both the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Colorado Springs Philharmoic. He is also a member of the highly-acclaimed Pikes Peak Flute Choir. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Lois Schaefer of the Boston Symphony. Nagem is the instructor of flute at Colorado College. He plays exclusively on instruments built by David Straubinger.
Viola player Barbara Hamilton-Primus is currently artistic director and violist with the Colorado Chamber Players, a position she has held for 23 years. She received the DMA from Yale School of Music in 1992 where she completed a dissertation on the Alexander Technique and Musicians. An Alexander Technique teacher helps clients to identify and lose the harmful habits they have built up over a lifetime of stress and learn to move more freely. Today, Dr. Hamilton is a teaching artist at Denver School of the Arts.
After three fierce rounds of competition, Emily Levin won the position of principal harpist with the Dallas Symphony. Levin was the top prize winner in the Israel International Harp Contest, has performed with orchestras around the globe, including the New York Philharmonic, and is in demand as a soloist throughout the United States. She currently is a C.V. Starr doctoral fellow at The Juilliard School, where she studies with Nancy Allen.
You might think that compositions for the odd combination of Flute, Viola, and Harp would be a rare thing but a quick review of the literature reveals over 230 composers who have written for that genre. This concert will feature three works for the trio. In addition, because there has never before been a harp player at the Jones Theater, Emily Levin will perform a few pieces for solo harp.
On the day of the concert there will be an art exhibit in Studio 2 featuring Photography by Sandra Dalton. Dalton was one of the winners in the Sangres Art Guild 2018 Calendar Show competition.
The concert of the Colorado Chamber Players will begin at 2 p.m. there will be a reception following the performance to allow attendees to meet the musicians and artists.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Candy's Coffee or the Loan A Ranger. Tickets will also be available at the Jones Theater half an hour before the performance. The price is $15 per person, and $5 for students.