Three for Two 

Paul Nagem and Susan Grace tackle three composers at CC

Paul Nagem thinks the sound of a flute is, well, magical. And as a flute instructor at Colorado College, Nagem encourages students to explore the woodwind's unique artistry. But on Thursday, March 27, he will take center stage along with pianist (and music director of the summer conservatory) Susan Grace to perform in CC's Faculty Artist Concert series at Packard Hall.

The performance will feature a program as ambitious as it is diverse. The duo will perform two Vivaldi sonatas from "Il Pastor Fido," Opus 13 and a piece titled "Afterlight" by modern composer Robert Dick.

"It's just so new, and it's really challenging," according to Nagem, who says Dick's innovative piece includes "a lot of tonal colors, as well as multi-phonics (playing two notes at once)."

Dick will visit CC next year to give a concert and teach a master class.

Finally, Grace and Nagem will be joined on stage by Joo-Mee Lee of the DaVinci Quartet as they perform Martinu's "Promenades," a short piece, about 8 to 10 minutes long. "It's not flashy, but always interesting," said Nagem. "You can't really call it orchestration, but the arrangement of instruments is always unique."

With the recent inception of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic (see Art News on page 36), classical music in the Pikes Peak region has received its eleventh-hour reprieve. While this concert is a part of Colorado College's ongoing faculty artist series, classical fans can expect to see a lot more of these kinds of smaller concerts as the musicians of the Philharmonic are encouraged to make even greater efforts to reach out to the local community, as well as supplement their incomes until the budget grows.

As if the all-star firepower of this event was not enough, the show is free and open to the public.

--Joe Kuzma


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