Join us as we welcome the darkest season with music inspired by the Christmas story that we hope will bring some warmth to fight the growing chill and some light to ease the shortening of the days. Music from France, Germany, Spain, England, and the United States will be featured by the Society, and the Youth and Children’s Choirs will contribute selections from the Czech Republic, Nigeria and a Spanish song popular in Hispanic America.
Following Friday’s concert, you are invited to a reception in the church’s Fellowship Hall for refreshments.
Assisting us again will be flutists Ana Laura Gonzalez and Elizabeth Carville Evans. Both are well-known to local audiences through their solo and ensemble work in the area.
Elizabeth Carville Evans holds both Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, where she was a student of Claude Monteux. She was a winner of the 1985 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, and a four time winner of the Conservatory Gala Chamber Music Competition. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Harvard’s Sanders Theater, among others. A native of New Hartford, her early flute studies were with John Oberbrunner. She returned to the Utica area in 1987 and has since established herself as performer, teacher, and active member of the B Sharp and Etude Music Clubs. She has given solo and chamber recitals throughout the area, and performs with the Catskill Symphony.
Dr. Ana Laura González holds a D.M.A. from the University of Arizona, a M.M. from Ohio University, and a BM from the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires (IUNA). As an orchestral player, she has appeared with the former Utica Symphony, Irving Symphony in Dallas, Texas, the Nueva Leon, Symphony Orchestra in Monterrey, Mexico, the Arizona Chamber Artists and the Arizona Repertory Theatre Orchestra in Tucson, and the Camerata Exaudi in Buenos Aires.
Recent performances include the National Flute Association convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Mid-Atlantic flute festival in Washington DC, the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires,Delta State University in Mississippi, and the Conservatory of Junin in Argentina.She has also performed at many music festivals including the National Flute Association conventions of Nashville, San Diego, Albuquerque and Kansas City, The Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, Chamber Music in Sedona, Music on the Edge in Highland Heights, Kentucky, and Music from Japan Today in Baltimore, MD. She has served as adjunct faculty in the Music Theory Department and artist in residence of Flute at Hartwick College since 2011.