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October 7, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join the principal harpist and principal flutist of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in a mesmerizing afternoon recital! CDs will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $15 ($20 at the door) for AHS/DC Chapter members
Non-members are $20 ($25 at the door)
Debra Wendells Cross, Flute
Barbara Chapman, Harp
Praised for their lyrical, ethereal sound, the flute and harp duo of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Debra Wendells Cross and Barbara Chapman warm the hearts and souls of their audiences with creative and accessible programs.
Both long-time members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Opera, they are featured annually on the Chamber Music Series of the Virginia Arts Festival, are founding members of the Virginia Chamber Players, and have been have been broadcast nationally on NPR’s “Performance Today”. Their duo recordings include Dream Sweet Dreams –tranquil music for young and old, An American Mosaic, lyric 20th century duos and Love’s Pure Light, serene Christmas favorites.
Debra and Barbara perform music from a vast range of styles from standard classical and 19th French repertoire to newly-composed repertoire of living composers. They enjoy the research of uncovering lost treasures of the flute and harp repertoire, as well as creating their own arrangements of traditional celtic tunes and hymns.
Their recital for the Washington, DC chapter of the American Harp Society includes music by women composers Andrea Stern, Marie Grandval, Marguerite Beclard d’Harcout, and Cecile Chaminade. Haru no umi, the exotic fantasy on Japanese Themes by Joseph Molnar and the delightful Sonata for Flute and Harp by Nino Rota complete the program.
Debra Wendells Cross has held the position of Principal Flute in the Virginia Symphony since 1980, and presently serves on the faulty of Old Dominion University. For 17 years she was Principal Flutist of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC and spent the 2004-2005 season as Interim Principal Flutist of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Ms. Cross is interested in musical research and has prepared concerts of historical significance including programs for the National Flute Association and Jamestown 2007 Celebration. The Seattle native graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she studied with James Pappoutsakis. From there she went to study with Michel Debost in Paris, France.
Barbara Chapman has held the position of Principal Harp for the Virginia Symphony since 1988. She has performed with the Virginia Opera since 1986 and performs regularly on the Chamber Music and Organ Swell series of the Virginia Arts Festival. An active recitalist, she has performed on the Virginia Wesleyan and Old Dominion University Recital series, the Vocal Arts and Music Festival of Virginia Tech and as guest artist with the Virginia Chorale and the Virginia Children’s Chorus. She has served on the faculty of The College of William and Mary and has led workshops at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Eastman School of Music, New York. She studied with Frances Gilman Miller, Anne Adams, and Kathleen Bride.
The Mosiac Duo’s CD will be available for sale after the recital, and is also available for purchase online: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dwcabc