Romanza Festivale will close with a very special concert at 5 pm on Sunday, May 17 at First United Methodist Church presented by The Astralis Chamber Ensemble. This innovative and dynamic ensemble has been performing to great acclaim across the globe. Through creative programming and presentations on the works performed, Astralis Chamber Ensemble aims to make classical music more accessible enabling audiences to make a lasting connection with the music. Members of Astralis are Angela Massey, flute; Trace Johnson, cello; and Hsin-I Huang, piano.
The concert will salute Ludwig Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth by including a composition by one of his students, Czerny and concluding with a Beethoven trio.
Ms. Massey’s debut album has been described by Jeanne Baxtresser, former principal flute of the New York Philharmonic as “beautiful and enchanting, the performances on this CD are magical”. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Astralis Chamber Ensemble and performs regularly throughout America and Europe. She holds the flute/piccolo position with the Southwest Florida Symphony and performs with the Sarasota Symphony.
Mr. Johnson is young America cellist who works extensively throughout Florida as a performing cellist and teacher. He has performed as a soloist throughout Europe,China, Canada and the United States and currently plays with the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, Southwest Florida Symphony and Orlando Philharmonic.
Taiwanese pianist Hsin-I Huang captivates his audiences with his virtuoso performances, in which he exhibits masterful playing and profound musical sensitivity. He has performed throughout Asia, Europe and the United States and continues to hold recitals around the world. He gave his debut recital in America at the age of sixteen in Carnegie Hall.