Exhibits/Recitals

 

Come and check out our newest exhibit on display in our Mary Simpson Room.  Out of the thousands of photographs she took on her sabbath journey to Sri Lanka and South India last winter, Priest Jan has chosen some to share in this venue. They give a glimpse into the amazing beauty and simple lives of another place that is as far away as we can get geographically and culturally, but not so very distant at all when it comes to our shared humanity and matters of family, work, faith, and friendship. Come and see!

 


 

The Astralis Chamber Ensemble is an innovative and dynamic ensemble performing with much acclaim across the globe. Through creative programming and presentations on the works performed, ACE aims to make classical music more accessible and for audiences to make a lasting connection to the music. These musicians have performed together for many years and some for over a decade on major concert series and at notable venues. Another focus of the ensemble is to support the development of art through new compositions and bring recognition to the composers that surround us today.

Angela Massey’s debut album has been described as “beautiful and enchanting, the performances on this CD are magical!” by Jeanne Baxtresser, former principal flute of the New York Philharmonic. As a soloist, she has been a featured guest artist with the Tryon Concert Association, Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City, National Flute Association Convention, and invited to perform a Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto with the Southwest Florida Symphony. 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 and founder of the Astralis Chamber Ensemble arranging and performing numerous recitals each year. She holds a flute/piccolo position with the Southwest Florida Symphony and performs regularly with the Sarasota 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, Martha Kitterman, Jack Wellbaum, and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. She received degrees in flute performance from Carnegie Mellon University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kris Marshall has held the position of principal trumpet with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years and has built an active career performing with multiple orchestras across the state of Florida, including the Jacksonville Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Venice Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and regular performances with The Florida Orchestra. Marshall has been a featured soloist with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra on many occasions and received invitations to perform with the 5th Avenue Chamber Orchestra on J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Concerto for piano, trumpet, and strings. Accomplishments include winning first prize in the Florida Orchestra Young Artist Competition at the age of fifteen and being selected to attend the Chautauqua Institution Summer Music Festival where he studied with Chuck Berginc, principal trumpet with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Other significant instructors include Robert Smith, principal trumpet with The Florida Orchestra, and Ed Cord, former principal trumpet with the Israel Philharmonic and Utah Symphony. Marshall pursued degrees in trumpet performance at Florida State University, Indiana University, and the University of South Florida.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Alexis Colner began her classical harp studies at the age of five while living abroad in the Netherlands. Over the course of her 20 plus years of private study, Alexis has worked with such distinguished teachers as Valerie Muzzolini, Principal Harpist of the Seattle Symphony; Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Principal Harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic; and Nancy Allen, Principal Harpist of the New York Philharmonic. As an orchestral musician, she has a recurring position as a substitute player with the New World Symphony, The Orchestra NOW, and The New York Philharmonic where she has had the pleasure of playing under the batons of world-renowned conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Peter Oundjian, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Jaap van Sweden. Alexis has spent summers at the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival and School where she was the recipient of the Harp Fellowship, Spoleto USA Festival, and touring with the Orchestra of the Americas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music where she graduated suma cum laude and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

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