"Allégresse," the French word for joy, fittingly describes the Allégresse trio of flute, oboe and piano taking the stage at Luther College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
The recital will be held in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music and is open to the public with no charge for admission. Prior to the performance the ensemble will give a master class for Luther students at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Noble Recital Hall.
The graceful artistry of the trio combines the talents of three nationally recognized musicians in Annie Gnojek, flute; Margaret Marco, oboe; and Ellen Bottorff, piano. The three have been friends and collaborators for nearly a decade with careers that have taken them throughout North America, Central and South America, Europe and Asia, both as soloists and chamber musicians.
Dedicated to expanding the repertoire for the flute, oboe and piano trio, Allégresse recently commissioned six new pieces. Their newest recording, "Fresh Ink" features three of these new works.
Recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Chamber Music Grant, the group explores the rich and varied repertoire for flute, oboe and piano. They perform frequently on Kansas Public Radio and in 2009 were awarded the University of Kansas General Research Fund to commission a work by Latin Grammy winner Gabriela Lena Frank.
The trio premiered Frank's work, "Canto y Danza," along with "Halo" by Bryan Kip Haahiem at the 2009 International Double Reed Society Conference in Birmingham, England. Other appearances include the Music Educators National Conference in Washington, D.C., the International Double Reed Society Conference in Ithaca, N.Y., the Oklahoma City Community College Cultural Arts Series, the Topeka Great Spaces Recital Series, the Ruel Joyce Series at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., and the University of Kansas Edwards Campus Recital Series. In fall 2011 they were invited to perform at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, Calif., and presented master classes and a concert at the University of Costa Rica and at the Conservatorio de Musica in San Juan, Puerto Rico.