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At Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian: Massey And Brooks To Perform On Feb. 18 - Brevard, NC


February 8, 2018

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Angela Massey

On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m., Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, located at 249 E. Main St. in Brevard will present in concert Angela Massey, flutist, and Dr. Annie Brooks, pianist. Both of these artists have impressive credentials. The concert promises to be a delightful afternoon of beautiful music for flute and piano.

Massey's debut album has been described by Jeanne Baxtresser, former principal flute of the New York Philharmonic as, "beautiful and enchanting, the performances on this CD are magical!"

As a soloist, Massey has presented recitals at venues including the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City and the National Flute Association Convention. She has been a featured guest artist for various concert series including the Aiken Performing Arts Group, Covenant Concert Series, Reserve at Lake Keowee Community Foundation, and Tuesday's Music Live.

Outside of the United States, she has performed in England, France, Germany, Italy, Romania and Switzerland.

In regard to chamber music, she serves as artistic director of the Astralis Chamber Ensemble, arranging and performing numerous recitals each year. It is her seventh season as flute and piccolo with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

She was awarded prizes in the Alexander and Buono Competition, Frank Bowen Competition, Myrna Brown Competition, and certificate in the Gheorghe Dima International Competition in Romania.

Her instructors have been Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Brad Garner, Martha Kitterman, Jack Wellbaum and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. She received a Certificate in Advanced Flute Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Brooks enjoys a varied and exciting career as a chamber musician, solo recitalist and opera coach.

Passionate and engaged in the chamber music community, Brooks' work with her fellow artists have led her to performances with the Marrowstone Summer Music Festival, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Charlotte's Providence Chamber Music Series, Steinway's SPG Live series, and Stony Brook University's Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, notably their Premieres! series.

As a coach and repetiteur, Brooks has worked with Wolf Trap Opera, Stony Brook Opera, the Manhattan-based Occasional Opera Company and the Aspen Opera Theater Center. This summer, she will join the Merola Opera Program as a coaching fellow. Brooks is currently the pianist for the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and the Charlotte Symphony Chamber Chorus. She frequently joins the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra throughout the year on piano, celesta and harpsichord.

Hailing from Seattle, Wash., Brooks received her Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University, and continued on to earn a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University under a full tuition scholarship.

Her principal teachers were Jeffrey Gilliam and Christina Dahl. Brooks is the assistant professor of collaborative piano at Wingate University.

Admission to the concert is free of charge. An offering will be taken for the Music Fund with 10 percent going to The Sharing House. For additional information, contact the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church office at (828) 884-2645.


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