This event ended on: May 3, 2022


NACO at the Fourth

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  May 3, 2022 - 8 PM EDT

BONIS Suite en trio for flute, violin, and piano, Op. 59 Messiaen Le Merle noir for flute and piano VALERIE COLEMAN Danza de la Mariposa for solo flute DOPPLER Concert-Paraphrase on Schubert's Die Verschworenen for two flutes and piano, Op. 18 ELIZABETH BROWN Liguria for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano Martinů Trio for flute, cello, and piano

Curated by the NAC Orchestra’s principal flute Joanna G’froerer, this lively edition of NACO at the Fourth features a spirited confection of chamber music written by brilliant composers past and present. 

Among the selections is Mélanie Bonis’s utterly contagious Flute en trio, Op. 59, which opens languidly and ends with playful energy. Severely underrated as a composer, she composed under the name Mel Bonis, believing a masculine name would allow her to be taken more seriously. In fact, Camille Saint-Saëns, who praised her chamber music, couldn’t believe it hadn’t been written by a man!  

Messiaen’s Le Merle noir (The Blackbird), written with neither time signature nor key, balances tension with peace, and was inspired by the composer’s lifelong love of birds and bird song. 

Conjuring the flight and fancy of butterflies, and full of rich colours, Valerie Coleman’Danza de la Mariposa for solo flute takes us on a melodic tour of South America.  

Composer Elizabeth Brown’s Liguria, which she wrote during a residency in Italy in 1999, comprises layers, echoes, and shadows of themes set in a resonant, pulsing sound world.   


  • Joanna G’froerer © Fred Cattroll
    flute Joanna G’froerer
  •  ©
    flute Stephanie Morin
  •  ©
    clarinet Sean Rice
  •  ©
    violin Noémi Racine Gaudreault
  • Mintje van Lier ©
    violin Mintje van Lier
  • Rachel Mercer ©
    cello Rachel Mercer
  • Frédéric Lacroix ©William Meekins
    piano Frédéric Lacroix

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