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Cello-Flute Duo to Perform at EMU

Terra Voce

HARRISONBURG – Eastern Mennonite University’s faculty artist series is presenting “Terra Voce,” a flute-cello duo from Charlottesville, Va., in concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in Martin Chapel of the seminary building at EMU.

Elizabeth Brightbill, flute, and Andrew Gabbert, cello, will perform a diverse program of selections ranging from 18th century to contemporary composers.

Their repertoire will include “Airs and Variations from A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick” by Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762), “Selections from Histoire du Tango,” by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992); “The Jet Whistle” by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1881-1959) and Irish and “The Snowy Path” by Mark Kelly of the band, Altan.

Since forming Terra Voce in 2006, the duo has appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, in the Christ Chapel Chamber Series at New York City’s Riverside Church and as finalists in the National Flute Association’s Chamber Music Competition.

Ms. Brightbill formerly was principal flue with the Tulsa (OK) Philharmonic for 10 years and performed numerous concerts and educational presentations as a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet. She has also played with the Richmond Symphony.

Gabbert previously held titled positions with the Tulsa Philharmonic and Opera orchestras for 11 years and has recorded on Centaur Records as principal cellist of the Chorus Civitas Orchestra.

Terra Voce is on the rosters for the Virginia Commission for the Arts Residency Program and Young Audiences of Virginia. Their debut CD includes a range of musical styles from eighteenth-century Baroque to Brazilian choros and is available at CDBaby.

Brightbill currently teaches at Mary Baldwin College, Longwood University and St. Anne’s-Belfield School. Gabbert currently teaches at Randolph College, Lynchburg, Va., and maintains a private studio in Crozet, Va.

Admission to the program is free; donations are welcomed for the EMU music student scholarship fund.

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