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18 May - Flute Masterclass & Performanc - Kristen Stoner
Duo Anno

Flute Masterclass - Wednesday 18 May, 10am-1pm
McCann Hall, DIT Chatham Row
For DIT staff and students only. Not open to the public. 

Join us for this flute masterclass with Dr Kristin Stoner from the University of Florida. 

Performance - Duo Anno
Kirsten Stoner (flute), Manabu Takasawa (piano)
Wednesday 18 May, 8pm
McCann Hall, DIT Chatham Row
Join us for this concert by Duo Anno - Kristen Stoner (flute) and Manabu Takasawa (piano) performing works by Bohuslav Martinu, Jake Heggie, Camargo Guarnieri, Frank Martin. 

Internationally acclaimed flutist Kristen Stoner has performed recitals and taught masterclasses in twelve countries, throughout Europe, North and South America, and Africa. She has been on the music faculty at the University of Florida since 2002. She is in her thirteenth year performing as principal flutist of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She also performs as principal of the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra. Her two solo CDs, Images and Colors, have received glowing reviews in the National Flute Association’s publication The Flutist Quarterly. Both albums include several premiere recordings of unaccompanied flute compositions by contemporary composers.

An active member of the Florida Flute Association, Dr. Stoner has served that organization as Chair of the Board, Program Chair, Vice-President, President, and Board Member. She has performed as an invited solo artist, chamber musician, and/or conductor at 11 National Flute Association Conventions since 1999. She has performed in the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Italy, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and the Victoria Bach Festival. Most recently, Dr. Stoner toured Europe in the summer of 2015, performing solo recitals in Sweden, Finland, Italy, France, and England. During that trip, the inspiration for Duo Anno 1647 was created. This coming May, Duo Anno 1647 will perform in Paris and Dublin.

Noted for his “sensitive touch” by The Washington Post and for his “beautiful sound with an abundant sense of fantasy” by Musica Nova magazine (Japan) pianist Manabu Takasawa made a solo recital debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1992.  In July 2003 he also gave a Tokyo debut recital to a sold-out audience.

He is currently Professor of Music and the director of the Graduate Studies at the University of Rhode Island.  He is also the creator and director of the URI Piano Extravaganza!, an annual piano festival of concerts and a competition for the university community and surrounding areas.  His interest in communicating with students through music has taken him to performances in elementary and secondary schools in the Rhode Island area, and in schools as far as Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam.  He also served as President of the Rhode Island Music Teachers Association from 2004 to 2006.  Dr. Takasawa’s concert activities and interviews have been broadcast on Northwest Public Radio (Pullman, WA), WSCL-FM89.5 and WBOC-Channel 16 in Maryland, internationally on Mercury Radio (Poznán, Poland) and on a News 5 evening news broadcast in Belize.

Interested in discovering unfamiliar yet worthwhile music, Dr. Takasawa has recorded music by women composers as well as performed music of contemporary Japanese composers and the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.  Most recently he has given recitals called “Piano Music of the World” performing selections by composers from the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.