Romanza Festivale will close with a very special concert at 5 pm on Sunday, May 17 presented by The Astralis Chamber Ensemble. This innovative, 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; Clare Solomon, cello; and Catherine Lan, piano.
The concert will salute Ludwig Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth by including a composition by one of his students, Czerny; solos for each performer; and conclude with a work for the complete trio written by Beethoven.
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.
Cellist, Claire Marie Solomon is an avid solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She recently toured the US with the Weimar Staatskapelle from Germany. Solomon performs regularly as part of the Gossamer Trio with flutist, Carol Wincenc and harpist, Nancy Allen. As an orchestral musician, she performs with the Sarasota Orchestra and is a regular participant in the Aspen Music Festival.
Taiwanese pianist, Dr. Catherine Lan, has performed across the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Thailand, China, England, Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. She has been a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, and Edmonton Symphony.