Duo Rossignol Concert
Tune in for a special performance by vocalist Hillary LaBonte & flutist Mary Matthews of Duo Rossignol, featuring flutist and composer Nicole Chamberlain
Vocalist Hillary LaBonte and flutist Mary Matthews began performing together in 2008 at the Peabody Institute. They formed Duo Rossignol in 2014 with a commitment to performing new and adventurous works by 20th-century and living composers.
Recent appearances include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the 2019 Music by Women Festival, the 2018 National Flute Association Convention, and the 2017 New Music Gathering. Duo Rossignol has been featured as a guest ensemble at the Dairy Arts Center, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute, and the Baltimore War Memorial. Their repertoire includes a world premiere by Nicole Chamberlain and works by Cherise Leiter, Thea Musgrave, Ursula Mamlok, Hilary Tann, John Corigliano, Andre Previn, Daron Hagen, and more.
Hillary and Mary both hold degrees from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Mary received her doctorate from The Hartt School of Music, and Hillary received hers from Bowling Green State University. www.DuoRossignol.com
Mary Matthews is Assistant Professor of Flute at Tennessee Tech University. She is principal flutist of the Bryan Symphony, flutist of the Cumberland Quintet, and a member of Duo Rossignol, Khemia Ensemble, and the Maryland Chamber Winds. She has performed on four continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is co-author of Beatboxing & Beyond with Nicole Chamberlain, and her albums have been released on the MSR Classics and Naxos labels, among others.www.MaryMatthewsFlute.com
Born and raised in Hawaii, soprano Hillary LaBonte has performed exciting chamber works, art song, and opera across the United States and Canada. Recently, she produced a short tour of Kate Soper's Here Be Sirens, performing the role of Polyxo, and she sang the title role in Kaija Saariaho’s monodrama Émilie. www.HillaryLaBonte.com
Composer and flutist Nicole Chamberlain enjoys a varied career in the arts, having acquired simultaneous Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Composition and Digital Media at the University of Georgia. Her original compositions are influenced by storytelling and visual imagery from her former day job as a web animator and designer. "Being a virtuoso flautist herself has informed her ability to write for the instrument with thrilling facility and endearing charm." (Gramophone Magazine). As a Powell Flutes Artist, Nicole has been enabled in this endeavor to perform her music to a wide audience and wouldn't trade in her Powell Conservatory 9K Aurumite Flute and a Powell Handmade Custom Grenadilla Piccolo for the world. To learn more about Nicole, www.nikkinotes.com. To purchase Nicole’s music, visit www.SpottedRocket.com.