The two performances will take place at Gorham Town Hall’s Medallion Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 22.

“These three incredible performers will be offering up a rare opportunity to hear classical literature on classical instruments of the period, as well as to learn from the master classes which are open to all keyboard players in the area,” said Susan Ferre, one of the organizers.

LeBlanc, a new mother who seldom gets to play her classical period flute, and Kim, who has been touring with a five-octave fortepiano, will have the opportunity to play a larger piano built by Rod Regier of Freeport, who is again bringing his classical piano to Gorham Town Hall expressly for these concerts. The piano is a recreation of an 1830’s Viennese instrument, after Graf and Bosendorfer. The program will consist of works from the same period by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Hummel, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin.

LeBlanc is one of the leading traverso players in the Boston area. She has performed with groups such as Handel and Haydn, Boston Baroque, and Cambridge Concentus, and is the principal flutist of Arcadia Players, L’Academie, and Grand Harmonie. She studied historical performance at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague as well as the New England Conservatory. She has been a favorite of the Big Moose Bach Fest since her first appearance in 2009, delighting audiences with her musicianship.

Kim is one of the most talented young pianists in the world of historical keyboard instruments. He holds degrees from Harvard, Cornell, and Yale Universities, as well as a doctorate from the New England Conservatory. He has performed and lectured around the globe, with appearances in the US, Canada, Austria, Germany, the UK, South Korea and Australia. A finalist at the international Westfield Fortepiano Competition, he has appeared in numerous piano festivals. He made his debut in June 2009 at the acclaimed Boston Early Music Festival with a program of Schubert and Schumann. Aside from all things music, he enjoys meditation, hiking, reading, travel, and pointlessly supporting Arsenal Football Club.

Willis performs in the United States and abroad on pianos of every period. His recording of Op. 106 for the first complete Beethoven sonata cycle on period instruments was hailed by The New York Times as “a ‘Hammerklavier’ of rare stature.” He has also recorded Schubert lieder and Rossini songs with soprano Julianne Baird and chamber music with flutist Rebecca Troxler and cellist Brent Wissick. He joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994, where he directs the biennial Focus on Piano Literature.

Admission is by donation. More information can be found at www.musicgnw.org or by calling 603-466-2865.

Schedule:

Monday & Tuesday, July 21 & 22, 3 p.m.

Fortepiano Workshops with Andrew Willis (Monday) and David Kim (Tuesday)

Piano by Rod Regier, copy of 1830 Bosendorfer

Monday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.

Fortepiano Festival Concert with Andrea LeBlanc, classical flute; David Kim, fortepiano

Tuesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.

A Fortepiano Festival Concert with Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gorham Town Hall, Medallion Opera House

20 Park Street, Gorham, NH


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