Très Classique is a project bringing live classical music to the Apremont Triangle neighborhood of Downtown Springfield. We want to make classical music accessible and available to the neighborhood
All concerts are open to the public and free of charge. Each concert will be held as a musical gathering. Guests can mingle, watch the musicians play, and enjoy wine and cheese.
Monthly events held at Kimball Towers
140 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Third Wednesdays March-December 2019, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Each concert will feature a different soloist and/or combination of instruments depending on the month: flute solos, flute and piano pieces, cello solos, and flute and cello duets. Featured composers include Bach, Handel, Mozart, Telemann, Vivaldi, Rimsy-Korsakov, Fauré, and Doppler. Seasonal concerts will also be offered.
Karoun has been playing the flute for 30 years. She minored in music at the Peabody Conservatory, while attending Johns Hopkins University. She attended Interlochen music camp, played with the New England Conservatory Extension Division, All Districts, & All State. She won the Newton North High School Concerto Competition.
She currently volunteers as the flute coach with the Community Music School Youth Wind Ensemble. She's been living in Springfield for 10 years, and she owns Spruced, Inc. a media and design business.
Norma started music lessons on the piano at age 5. At the age of 11, she began lessons on the violin and violin was her primary instrument until she was in her 30s. She played in school orchestras, the Springfield Youth Symphony, the Greenwood and the New England Music Camps, her college orchestra and a community orchestra.
During her hiatus from active playing, she raised and educated her daughters and worked as a computer specialist for IBM and insurance companies. During her late fifties, after completing a master’s degree, she satisfied her lifelong passion for playing the cello. After lessons with Boris Kogan, a Russian cellist from St. Petersburg, Russia, she graduated into playing with chamber groups, professional orchestras --- the Venice and Charlotte Symphonies --- and community orchestras including the Sarasota Pops, the Northport Orchestra, the Old Post Road Orchestra in Massachusetts. Norma considers music an enormous gift that continues to nourish her and others via her playing and sharing.
Bethel began taking piano lessons at the age of 6, and began accompanying orchestras and performers in elementary school. In high school, she was the main piano accompanist for the school orchestra, and continued accompanying orchestras and performers throughout college and graduate school.
Bethel is married with four adult children, three grandchildren, and four step grandchildren. Presently she is self-employed as a freelance copy editor.
Timothy Ballan, NCTM, is a composer and writer who has been teaching piano in Western Massachusetts since the age of seventeen. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Certificate of Piano Pedagogy from Valley City State University, and national certification in piano pedagogy from the Music Teachers National Association.
As a composer, Timothy mostly writes accessible classical music both for film and concert. As a writer, he mostly writes plotless stories, atmospheric vignettes, poems, and non-pretentious philosophy. And, when not composing, writing, or teaching, he performs on the piano and leads several musical groups in urban schools and youth development programs.
Petra is a Springfield native, and has been living in the Apremont Triangle neighborhood for 10 years. Petra has her finger on the pulse of the neighborhood and has been affectionately called the "mayor" of her 99-unit apartment building. She is a caring neighbor who solves problems and helps people in need.
What to expect: These are regularly scheduled classical music gatherings on the third Wednesday of the month in 2019. Wine & cheese will be provided -- you can mingle with friends, or sit and watch the musicians. All events are free and open to the public.
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