Horn and Harp Recital Coming to BC
Bluefield College will present a music recital of horn and harp music, Tuesday, January 14, featuring harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn and horn player Emily Boyer.
January 6, 2014
Horn player Emily Boyer (left) and harpist Colleen Thorburn, known as the Apple Orange Pair, will perform in concert at Bluefield College, Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Open and free to all, the recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in BC’s Harman Chapel and will include music for horn and harp by established composers from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as exciting new compositions by living composers that Thorburn and Boyer have personally commissioned.
“It’s not every day that you hear a full program of music for horn and harp, said Thorburn, an instructor of music at Bluefield College. “They are not a common musical pairing in contemporary chamber music.”
More popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries, the horn and harp combination is something Thorburn and Boyer have been trying to popularize since combining as the Apple Orange Pair four years ago.
“We want to expand the repertoire for horn and harp music and have discovered several composers who are as intrigued by our instruments as we are,” said Thorburn. “I’m very excited to present this program for the first time in southwest Virginia and thankful to the college for allowing us this opportunity.”
The duo’s January 14 program at Bluefield College will feature the works of Claude Debussy, Jan Koetsier, Adrian François Boieldieu, as well as new compositions by Michael Weinstein-Reiman, S. Beth May, and the Virginia-based composer Russell Nadel.
In addition to teaching music at Bluefield College and performing with the Apple OrangePair, Thorburn performs regularly with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. As a touring artist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, she presents solo harp recitals, chamber music concerts, and educational concerts at institutions throughout the state.
In addition to playing horn for the Apple Orange Pair, Boyer teaches brass and music appreciation at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Connecticut. She also performs regularly as a freelance orchestral player in Connecticut and New York ensembles and is a founding member of the West Rock Brass Quintet.
Together, as the Apple Orange Pair, Thorburn and Boyer have been performing regularly since 2010 and just recently released their first recorded album, “Seeds.” As part of their mission to increase awareness of the horn and harp history through performances and professional activities, they have already commissioned, premiered and recorded five new pieces for horn and harp.
They have also been performing as artists-in-residence at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine and recently won a grant from the Yale School of Music to commission new pieces for their unusual combination.
In addition to their January 14 performance at Bluefield College, Thorburn and Boyer will present a preview of their program, Saturday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southwestern Virginia Music Academy in North Tazewell, Virginia. The two January concerts are theApple Orange Pair’s first performances together in Virginia.