Brookline Music School (BMS) presents the Boston Harp Trio with BMS Faculty Amanda Romano, harp with Thomas James Wible, flute and Laura Manko, viola. The free concert will take place in Brookline Music School’s Bakalar Recital Hall on Sunday, February 9 at 4:00pm. The program will feature works by Debussy, Beethoven and Piazolla, along with a newly commissioned work.
The Boston Harp Trio is the fourth concert in the Brookline Music School’s 2013-2014 Faculty Artist Series. The series will continue with Sunday concerts at 4:00pm with Music of Hungary with BMS Faculty Jessica Klett on violin and piano; Lisa Bosley, kontra; and Linda Ugelow, bass on March 16; and Journey Through Song – A Recital of Art Song & Vocal Chamber Music with BMS Faculty members Carola Emrich-Fisher, mezzo-soprano, Paul Jacobs, piano, Philip Rush, viola and Amy Poliakoff, flute, plus special guests from Libella Quartet on May 11. Meet the Artist Receptions will immediately follow each concert.
Harpist Amanda Romano debuted as a soloist at the age of 15 in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Gracie Mansion, the National Arts Club, the Kennedy Center, the Kauffman Center, Jordan Hall and CAMI Hall. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Romano is a member of the Boston Harp Trio and performs with Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble and NorthSouth Duo. As an ensemble member, Ms. Romano holds positions with the Boston Philharmonic, Atlantic Symphony, Brockton Symphony and Mimesis Ensemble. Ms. Romano was a harp fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and has also participated in the Assisi Music Festival, Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance. Ms. Romano is the Vice President of the American Harp Society Boston Chapter and Director of Education. She received her Masters degree at Boston University and Bachelors degree at the New England Conservatory of Music both in harp performance. Ms. Romano graduated from the New England Conservatory with a concentration in Music Education. In addition to her private students, she is a faculty member at Brookline Music School, Four Strings Academy, Dana Hall School and Phillips Exeter Academy.
Thomas James Wible, First Prize winner of the 2013 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, has been a concerto soloist throughout the USA and Europe, including appearances at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany; Dvorak Hall in Prague, Czech Republic; Franz Liszt Hall in Budapest, Hungary; Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA; and the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall in Miami, FL. He gave his Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut in October of 2011. Recent awards include First Prize Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, First Prize Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, Second Prize New York Flute Club Competition, Second Prize NFA Piccolo Young Artist Competition, and Semi-Finalist in the Concert Artist Guild International Competition. In the summer of 2011 he was a guest artist at the International Festival of Music in Santa Fiora, Italy. Thomas performs regularly with the Boston Harp Trio and is currently Principal Flutist of the Haffner Sinfonietta chamber orchestra. He currently holds a fellowship in the Artist Diploma Program at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts as a pupil of Ms. Geralyn Coticone.
Violist Laura Manko has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the United States and Europe. She made her solodebut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and has subsequently won numerous solo competitions throughout the East Coast. Ms. Manko has performed with the Knoxville, Winston-Salem, and Vienna Radio Symphony orchestras, as well as participating in the Institute for Contemporary Music, Heifetz Music Institute, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Meadowmount School of Music. Ms. Manko is currently Principal violist of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and Me2 Chamber Orchestra, as well as violist of the Boston Harp Trio. She teaches viola and violin at the Rivers School Conservatory, Boston School of Music Arts, Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Ms. Manko is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma as a student and teaching assistant of Michelle LaCourse. She earned her Masters of Music from Boston University with Professor LaCourse and Bachelor’s of Music Degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a student and teaching assistant of Sheila Browne.
Brookline Music School’s 2013-2014 Faculty Artist Series Boston Harp Trio concert will take place in Bakalar Recital Hall at Brookline Music School, 25 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA 02445 on Sunday, February 9 at 4:00pm, followed by a Meet the Artist Reception. All ages are welcome and this event is free. For more information about these events and more visit www.bmsmusic.org or call Brookline Music School at (617) 277-4593.