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Season Guest: Karen Kevra & Jeffrey Chappell – French Connection
March 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Flutist Karen Kevra and pianist Jeffrey Chappell will offer a “French Connection” Saturday, March 25, performing music by French composers with connections to unexpected lands.
The 7 p.m. performance at the BMC will include the French/Spanish connection revealed in Ravel’s sultry Habanera as well as Bizet’s virtuoso variations from “Carmen.”
Also spotlighted will be Louis Moyse’s Introduction, Theme, and Variations (on a Japanese chant), showing his affinity and even a little ancestry from Japan. Other works will include François-Joseph Gossec’s Tambourin and Gabriel Fauré’s Valse-Caprice No. 1 in A major, Op. 30 for solo piano.
Grammy-nominee Karen Kevra has won attention as one of the country’s outstanding flutists through her distinctive warm and extroverted performances as a soloist and chamber musician, and has been hailed as “having a musical focus and depth seen in few flutists anywhere.”
As someone whose life was changed by her mentor, Kevra created the Muse Mentors podcast, which offers her engaging interviews with artists who share personal stories of deep connection.
Jeffrey Chappell first gained national attention at the age of 24 by substituting for Claudio Arrau on four hours’ notice without rehearsal, performing the Brahms Second Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony to critical acclaim. Now a seasoned veteran of the concert stage, he has appeared throughout the United States in recital and with major symphony orchestras such as those of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis, collaborating with conductors including Catherine Comet, Sergiu Comissiona, Leon Fleisher, and David Zinman. He has performed in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and has participated in music festivals including Marlboro, Piccolo Spoleto, and the La Gesse Festival in France.