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Upcoming Concerts

“Northwest Passage”

The Amazing Music of Alex Shapiro

Featuring the World Premiere of “Arcana”

A suite for piano honoring the relationship of healing, herbs and the earth Dedicated to and performed by Pianist-Herbalist Michael Tierra

Sunday, March 20, 7 PM

900 High Street, Santa Cruz

Tickets: $30 at the door, $25 online; seniors and students $20

To purchase tickets, see program listing, sample music log onto Brown Bag Tickets

The concert includes six additional chamber works performed by (from left to right) Ben Dorfan, piano; Shannon Delaney, viola; Brian Johnston, violin; Aude Castagna, cello; Kathleen Purcell, flute/piccolo/bass flute; Jeff Gallagher, clarinet; Michael Tierra, director and soloist performing “ Arcana,” -- along with the sounds of whales (not shown) and other surprises.




Past Concerts

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8:00 P.M.: "A Tribute to the Muses: Music, Dance, Drama, & Poetry" - Santa Cruz Chamber Players. The Greek Muses were personifications of the spirits that move the creative process. This program, all music of the 20th century, will be a blending of music with the other performing arts. Not a journey into the land of myth, but rather a contemporary exploration of human creativity; a concert of music as it interacts with the other performing arts. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.). $25 General/$20 Senior/$10 Youth.

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 3:00 P.M.: "A Tribute to the Muses: Music, Dance, Drama, & Poetry" - Santa Cruz Chamber Players. The Greek Muses were personifications of the spirits that move the creative process. This program, all music of the 20th century, will be a blending of music with the other performing arts. Not a journey into the land of myth, but rather a contemporary exploration of human creativity; a concert of music as it interacts with the other performing arts. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.). $25 General/$20 Senior/$10 Youth.

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 3:00 P.M.: "Classical and 'All That Jazz'" - Santa Cruz Chamber Players. Music by Piazzolla, Marais, Scriabin, Beethoven, Schulhoff, Schumann, and Kapustin. Ivan Rosenblum, Director and piano; Kathleen Purcell, flute; Kristin Garbeff, cello. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.). $25 General/$20 Senior/$10 Youth.

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 P.M.: "Classical and 'All That Jazz'" - Santa Cruz Chamber Players. Music by Piazzolla, Marais, Scriabin, Beethoven, Schulhoff, Schumann, and Kapustin. Ivan Rosenblum, Director and piano; Kathleen Purcell, flute; Kristin Garbeff, cello. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.). $25 General/$20 Senior/$10 Youth.

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:00 P.M.: "The Soldier's Tale". Members of Cabrillo's music department along with other local guest musicians and dancers present Stravinsky's dark Faustian fable about a deserting soldier and the Devil who eventually possesses his soul. The story is based on an old Russian folk tale but the music is as far removed from Russian traditionalism as possible, making it a lesson for all cultures and times. Proceeds for this concert will go entirely to scholarships for Cabrillo College music students.

Guest musicians Kathleen Purcell, flute, and Ivan Rosenblum, piano, will offer a sneak preview of their March 28th and 29th Santa Cruz Chamber Players concert as they play three movements from Erwin Schulhoff's Sonata for flute and piano. Ivan Rosenblum on Schulhoff:

The Flute Sonata, written in 1927 in Prague at the height of Schulhoff’s career as a jazz pianist and composer, is filled with emphatic pulsating jazz rhythms that characterize much of his output. One can hear the influence of Paul Hindemith, who, like Schulhoff, was fond of writing for woodwinds. Both spent the early 1920s exploring the radical "new music" scene in Germany. In the Flute Sonata, we also hear musical influences from Bartok, Stravinsky and Debussy.

Cabrillo Samper Recital Hall, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. $15 general, $12 seniors, $8 Cabrillo SAC cardholders 831-479-6154 - tickets at vapa.cabrillo.edu

Friday, February 27, 2015, 8:00 P.M.: "The Soldier's Tale". Members of Cabrillo's music department along with other local guest musicians and dancers present Stravinsky's dark Faustian fable about a deserting soldier and the Devil who eventually possesses his soul. The story is based on an old Russian folk tale but the music is as far removed from Russian traditionalism as possible, making it a lesson for all cultures and times. Proceeds for this concert will go entirely to scholarships for Cabrillo College music students.

Guest musicians Kathleen Purcell, flute, and Ivan Rosenblum, piano, will offer a sneak preview of their March 28th and 29th Santa Cruz Chamber Players concert as they play three movements from Erwin Schulhoff's Sonata for flute and piano. Ivan Rosenblum on Schulhoff:

The Flute Sonata, written in 1927 in Prague at the height of Schulhoff’s career as a jazz pianist and composer, is filled with emphatic pulsating jazz rhythms that characterize much of his output. One can hear the influence of Paul Hindemith, who, like Schulhoff, was fond of writing for woodwinds. Both spent the early 1920s exploring the radical "new music" scene in Germany. In the Flute Sonata, we also hear musical influences from Bartok, Stravinsky and Debussy.

Cabrillo Samper Recital Hall, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. $15 general, $12 seniors, $8 Cabrillo SAC cardholders 831-479-6154 - tickets at vapa.cabrillo.edu

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 3:00 P.M.: Children's Youth Theater Santa Cruz presents the award winning Broadway play "Beauty and the Beast." Info here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 3:00 P.M.: Children's Youth Theater Santa Cruz presents the award winning Broadway play "Beauty and the Beast." Info here.

Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:00 A.M. and 12:30 P.M.: Children's Youth Theater Santa Cruz presents the award winning Broadway play "Beauty and the Beast." Info here.

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 3:00 P.M.: Children's Youth Theater Santa Cruz presents the award winning Broadway play "Beauty and the Beast." Info here.

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 3:00 P.M.: Children's Youth Theater Santa Cruz presents the award winning Broadway play "Beauty and the Beast." Info here.

Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:00 P.M.: Children's Youth Theater Santa Cruz presents the award winning Broadway play "Beauty and the Beast." Info here.

Friday, January 30, 2015, 2:00 P.M.: Choro Meu at La Posada, Santa Cruz. Private engagement.

Saturday, January 24, 3:00 P.M.: "Choro Meu House Concert." Soulful Brazilian music for flute and guitar. Kathleen Purcell, flute; Jean-Sylvain Negre, guitar. This rare house concert by Choro Meu is at the beautiful home of Maya Sapper, 129 Rathburn Way, Santa Cruz. $20 suggested donation. Rathburn is a small street, so please park on Branciforte or in the Rite Aid parking lot. Seating is limited, so if you plan on attending please RSVP by text to 503-308-0685, or email kpurcell@flutemusic.com.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 4:00 P.M.: "10th Annual New Year's Eve Organists' Kaleidophone". This benefit concert for the Organ Maintenance Fund features organists Ann Thiermann, Bruce Sawhill, Coin Whitby-Strevens, Lavinia Livingson, Nickie Kerns, Tyler Hayford, and Vlada Volkova-Moran, with Aude Castagna and Nancy Hillis, cello, Jennifer Cass, harp, John Hyde, electric guitar, Kimberly Pederson, soprano, Nick Royal, mandolin, Tatyana Rekow, oboe, Ted Lorraine, baritone, and Kathleen Purcell, flute and piccolo. Dan Harvey will MC. A reception with chocolates, champagne, and apple cider follows the concert. Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational Church), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz. This is a free concert, with all donations going to the Organ Maintenance Fund.

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4:00 P.M.: "Santa Cruz Symphony League's 29th Annual Home Tour". Kathleen Purcell, flute, and Ivan Rosenblum, piano, will serenade you with exquisite flute and piano music at the stunning "Serenity by the Sea" home on West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Serenity by the Sea features soaring ceilings, spectacular ocean views, universal design, and a world class collection of Inuit and Northwestern art. Only $35 for two days (Dec. 6th and 7th) of home tours and music! Tickets and more information: http://www.slscc.org/special-events/home-tour/

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:30 P.M.: "UCSC Concert Choir". The Choir performs Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten and Contraponientes by UCSC alumnus Christopher Pratorius, set to texts by Federico Garcia Lorca. Conducted by Nathaniel Berman. Guest artists Kathleen Purcell, piccolo; Sarah Morris, flute; Aude Castagna, cello, and Jennifer Cass, harp. $10 general; $8 seniors (62+); $6 youth & students w/ ID. In a recent Good Times article, composer Christopher Pratorius comments on his new work: "The song cycle Contraponientes is set to modal harmony which allows for many flavors of sound", he explains, "and 'a lot more variety' than traditional Western classical music." (Full interview here.)

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:00 P.M.: "A Diverse Trio of Trios" - Santa Cruz Chamber Players. Music by Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Dvorak. Brian Johnston, Director, violin, viola; Kathleen Purcell, flute; Aude Castagna, cello; Jennifer Cass, harp; Vlada Moran, piano. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.). $25 General/$20 Senior/$10 Youth.

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:00 P.M.: "A Diverse Trio of Trios" - Santa Cruz Chamber Players. Music by Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Dvorak. Brian Johnston, Director, violin, viola; Kathleen Purcell, flute; Aude Castagna, cello; Jennifer Cass, harp; Vlada Moran, piano. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.). $25 General/$20 Senior/$10 Youth.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:30 P.M.: "Happy 300th Birthday! C.P.E. Bach - Works for Piano, Flute, and Voice". Cabrillo College Piano Department with Guest Flutist Kathleen Purcell; Directed by Susan Bruckner. Samper Hall, Cabrillo College, Aptos. $10 General; $7 Senior; $4 SAC.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 12:10 P.M.: "Munching with Mozart": "Glimpses". Mary Jane Cope, pianist, with Kathleen Purcell, flute, and Carol Panofsky, oboe, will offer glimpses of music by women composers, featuring compositions of Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger, Alex Shapiro, and others (including some striking miniatures from composers of the past two decades). Please join us to celebrate this unique but seldom-heard repertoire from the pens of some startlingly talented women!
Santa Cruz County Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz, CA. FREE Admission.

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8-11 P.M.: Choro Meu (Brazilian music) at the Haute Enchilada, 7902 Moss Landing Rd., Moss landing, CA. Dinner, dance, libations. Cover $15. Dinner available for purchase. Reservations recommended. 831-633-5843. Tickets; preview.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:10 P.M.: "Munching with Mozart": Flutist Kathleen Purcell and guitarist Jean-Sylvain Negre, both of the Ensemble Choro Meu, present a captivating program of romantic and soulful Brazilian music. Santa Cruz County Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz, CA
FREE Admission.

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 4:00 P.M.: The Loma Prieta Trio presents "Fire and Flourish". Kathleen Purcell, flute; Justine Hamlin, clarinet; Vlada Moran, piano. Music by Schubert, Salomon, Muczynski, Szalowski, Bizet-Sarasate, and Ives. St. John's Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Dr., Aptos, CA Suggested Donation $20. Tickets at the door.

Friday, April 4, 2014, 6:00 P.M.: "Choro Meu - Brazilian music" - Tannery Arts Center concert

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 4:00 P.M.: "Music for Groundhog Day" First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz. Kathleen Purcell, flute, Justine Hamlin, clarinet, Kristin Garbeff, cello; Vlada Moran, piano. Music by Brahms, Stockhausen, and Martinu

Friday, January 17, 2014, 3:30 P.M.: "Choro Meu - Brazilian music" - La Posada Retirement Home Cocktail Party

December 20 - 23rd, 2013: "Light Has Come" Twin Lakes Church Christmas Concerts

December 14, 2013, 6:30 P.M.: "A Brazilian Christmas" with Choro Meu. La Posada Retirement Home concert

Monday, December 9, 2013: HGP Fundraiser - Choro Meu in Breezeway, Pacific Ave. "Choro Meu - Brazilian music"

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2:00 P.M.: Santa Cruz County Symphony Fundraiser Home Tour "Choro Meu - Brazilian music"

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 2:00 P.M.: Santa Cruz County Symphony Fundraiser Home Tour "Choro Meu - Brazilian music"

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 11:30 A.M.: "Choro Meu - Brazilian music" - Private Party

Friday, October 10, 2013, 6:30 P.M.: Choro Meu - House Concert, Santa Cruz

Sunday, September 22, 2013, 10:00 A.M.: Choro Meu - Live Oak Farmers Market

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 10:00 A.M.: Choro Meu - Live Oak Farmers Market

Sunday, August 4, 2013: Flute Duets with Kathleen Purcell and Owen Meehan - Guitarist Mesut Ozgen's Farewell Concert/Party.

Saturday, July 12, 2013, 8:00 P.M.: "A Concert of Trios", First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz. Kathleen Purcell, flute; Justine Hamlin, clarinet; Greta Feeney, soprano; Vlada Moran, piano. Music by Schubert, Emmanuel, Berg, Dorff, Saint- Saens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78VPIdeMUp0

Wednesday, April 23, 12:00 P.M.: Choro Meu - Private Party

Saturday, April 14, 2013, 7:30 P.M.: Concerts at St. John's: "An Evening of Evocative Contemporary Chamber Music". Kathleen Purcell, flute; Jeff Gallagher, clarinet; Brain Johnston, violin; Aude Castagna, cello; Michael Tierra, director and pianist. Music by Shapiro, Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, D.B.Thomas, and Ibert.

December 22 - 24, 2012: "Christmas Blessings - A Celtic Concert" - Twin Lakes Church Christmas Concerts

Sunday, May 6, 2012: "Ensemble Monterey - J.S. Bach "Saint Matthew Passion"

Saturday/Sunday March 17 and 18, 2012: "Opera Mania: Chamber Music Inspired by Opera" - Santa Cruz Chamber Players. Kathleen Purcell, flute; Lars Johannesson, flute; Judy Roberts, cello; Susan Stuart, singer and theatrical coach; Ivan Rosenblum, artistic director and piano

December 15 - 18, 2011: "O Night Divine" - Twin Lakes Church Christmas Concerts

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 7:30 P.M.: "Present Absentees" - Maayan Tsadka Graduate Composition Recital. Kathleen Purcell, flute; Luis Ingels, clarinet; Kumi Uyeda, piano and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8kmCXyZrBU

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 10:30 A.M.: "Agape" - First Congregational Church

Friday, October 22, 2010, 7:30 P.M.: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall. $11 general, $10 seniors, $8 students.

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 4:00 P.M.: St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 146 12th Street, Pacific Grove, CA. Donation: $25 general, $20 students/military/children.

Sunday, April 18, 2010, 10:30 A.M.: First Congregational Church Easter Celebration, with Kathleen Purcell and Owen Meehan, flutes, and the Chancel Choir. Cheryl Anderson, conductor.

Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.: Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony Pre-Valentine Evening of music, wine, & chocolate tasting, and good company on the Chinese New Year.
123 Green Street, Santa Cruz, CA

The evening will feature:

  • Local wine and chocolate tasting, along with other goodies
  • Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony and professional chamber music performances, including Kathleen Purcell, Ivan Rosenblum, and Kathleen's students Owen Meehan, Madison Eadie, and Pailin DeMeo
  • Exclusive Youth Symphony concert video
  • Silent auction of many potential Valentine gifts
Email panofsky@cruzio.com for tickets

Friday, February 12, 2010, 8 - 10 P.M.: KUSP (88.9 fm) broadcast of Santa Cruz Chamber Players' Take Five 1/16/10 concert
To listen on the internet: http://www.kusp.org/live/

Saturday, February 6, 2010, 2 P.M.: Take Five: 3 Quintets and 2 Duos - Music for Winds and Piano
First United Methodist Church of Salinas, 404 S. Lincoln Ave., Salinas, CA

Sunday, January 17, 2010, 3 P.M.: Take Five: 3 Quintets and 2 Duos - Music for Winds and Piano
Santa Cruz Chamber Players

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 8 P.M.: Take Five: 3 Quintets and 2 Duos - Music for Winds and Piano
Santa Cruz Chamber Players

Saturday, October 17, 2009: Atelier concert in Villa Krautinger
Badenweiler, Germany
Kathleen Purcell, Flöte
Patricia v. Blumröder, Klavier
http://www2.toubiz.de/btt/default/house.php?id_house=6415

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 7:30 P.M.: "Zwischentöne" - Konzert von N.Chedeville, F.A.Doppler, K.Stockhausen, J.Cage
Kathleen Purcell, Gastflötistin
Patricia v. Blumröder, Klavier
http://www.frankfurter-kuenstlerclub.de/body_veranstaltungen.html

Sunday, October 4, 2009, 10:30 A.M.: Flute duets with choir and piano - Cheryl Anderson, Conductor
First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz
Kathleen Purcell, flute
Owen Meehan, flute
Vlada Volkova-Moran, piano

Sunday, September 20, 2009, 10:30 A.M.: Flute solos with choir and piano - Cheryl Anderson, Conductor
First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz
Kathleen Purcell, flute
Vlada Volkova-Moran, piano

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 7:30 P.M.: "Three's No Crowd" - Music for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano
Santa Cruz Chamber Players

Thursday, May 14, 2009, 7:30 P.M.: Solo Performance with Ivan Rosenblum, piano
as part of the Music in May Festival, Santa Cruz, CA

Saturday, May 9, 2009: Private Concert
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuesday, April 28, 2009: Private Concert
Dominican Oaks, Santa Cruz, CA

Thursday, February 19, 2009: "Flutes, Flutes and More Flutes"
Munching with Mozart

Saturday, December 6, 2008: Music for Linda
New Music Works

Sunday, June 8, 2008: Avant Garden Party: Celebrating the Life and Music of Lou Harrison
New Music Works

Friday, March 28, 2008: "World Guitar Night" concert, San Jose State University, as part of the South Bay Guitar Society Guitar Solo & Ensemble Festival, San Jose, CA. Featuring Matthew Grasso, Babak Falsafi & Mesut Özgen, Concert Hall, School of Music and Dance building, campus of San Jose State University. $20/$15

March 15 and 16, 2008: Saints, Sinners, and Sassing Bach
Santa Cruz Chamber Players

Tuesday, March 11, 2008: Saints, Sinners, and Sassing Bach
Berkeley Chamber Performances

Saturday, March 8, 2008: Concert V, Night of the Living Composers
New Music Works

Wolford-Rosenblum Duo