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Port Jervis Library concert will take you on a musical journey

Updated: May 21

When: Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 2:00 pm

Where:  Port Jervis Free Library – The Community Room

138 Pike St, Port Jervis, NY 12771

Historic Port Jervis Free Library

Free and open to the public

Information:   (845) 856-7313

Who:  Ensemble Aubade (Peter H. Bloom, flute; Frank Grimes, viola; Steve Sussman, piano)

Classical Treasures Old and New:  Gems by Jean-Philippe Rameau; CPE Bach, Louise Farrenc, and Karl Henning

What:  Ensemble Aubade (Peter H Bloom, flute; Francis Grimes, viola; Steven Sussman, piano) returns to the Port Jervis Library Performance Series with wide-ranging masterpieces including a lively suite by the French baroque master Jean-Philippe Rameau, an elegant trio by C.P.E Bach, a lush and thrilling sonata by the great 19th century composer Louise Farrenc, and Oxygen Footprint, Opus 138, a vivid and scintillating piece by the distinguished American composer Karl Henning, written for Ensemble Aubade in 2016.



The program is free and open to the public. For information, call 845-856-7313.


Ensemble Aubade is based in Boston and performs across the United States, known for their virtuosity, versatility, and electrifying performances.  They have been praised for “intensity, imagination, skill, and finesse” (St. Lawrence University, New York).  “Everyone was in Ensemble Aubade’s thrall,” wrote Friends of Music and the Arts in Knoxville, while the Keighton Series exclaimed, “The program was riveting!” (Keighton Series).  Aubade’s music has been called “dynamic, expressive, richly colored and affecting.” (Loretto Community, Kentucky).


Ensemble Aubade’s Mozart and More will take the audience on a fascinating tour, from the salons of Vienna and Paris to the concert halls of New York.  The centerpiece is the lyrical Kegelstatt Trio, K. 498 (1786) by Mozart, featuring Bloom on alto flute (“wonderfully smoky and mysterious” - EarRelevant).  Another highlight is the lush and thrilling Trio Opus 45 (1856), by the great 19th century composer Louise Farrenc, famous in her time but rarely heard today.  Farrenc was the first female professor at the Paris Conservatory, where she taught from 1842 to 1873.  She was a renowned composer, concert pianist, and music publisher.  The concert finale is Seven Postcards to Old Friends (1966), an exhilarating chamber work by the legendary Broadway arranger Robert Russell Bennett, who orchestrated hits like Show Boat, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, and South Pacific.


Ensemble Aubade’s extensive career includes concerts for The Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series (NY), the Garmany Music Series (CT),  The Saint Louis Art Museum, The Master Arts Series in Knoxville, Saugerties Pro Musica (NY), The Nixon Centre for Performing Arts (Atlanta), The Morton Arboretum Chamber Series (Chicago area), The Foothills Piano Festival (AL), Upper Hudson Musical Arts, and The Nielsen Series in Des Moines, to name a few.


Peter H. Bloom, flute and alto flute,  whose playing has been called “brightly gorgeous” (Gapplegate Music Review), “breathtaking” (Ivan Rod Review, Denmark), and “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), performs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand; is featured on 49 recordings (Sony Classical, Leo, Sono Luminus, other labels); is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music; and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award.  Bloom has performed in London, Bangkok, Canberra, Ottawa, and other world capitals, and in hundreds of cities across 40 states and four continents.   He has concertized with such notables as Ensemble Chaconne, The Henning Ensemble, Grammy-nominee D’Anna Fortunato, and the famed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (51st season).  Bloom has given lectures and master classes across the globe.  He holds an MM with distinction in flute performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and a BA (philosophy) from Boston University. 


Francis Grimes, viola, has performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Opera, Boston Ballet, Masterworks Chorale, Sinfonova, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and other distinguished ensembles, and regularly serves in the orchestras of the venerable Colonial and Schubert Theatres. He toured nationally with the Star Wars Orchestra and performed with choral groups in tours of Italy, England, and the Czech Republic.  He attended Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and completed his BM at Indiana University as a student of William Primrose.


Steven Sussman, piano, is acclaimed as a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and orchestral member, performing classical music, jazz, and musical theater in New England and across the United States.  He is the director of Opera Presto, serves on the faculty at The Rivers Conservatory of Music, teaches at the St. Marks School, toured previously with Brown Bag Opera, and was staff accompanist at Berklee College of Music. He earned a Master of Music in performance from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, where his principal teachers were Enrica Cavallo-Gulli and Jorge Bolet.


Ensemble Aubade is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks

Rebecca DeLamotte, managing director

29 Newbury Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA

Office:    617 776 8778       Cell:  617 947 5548

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