Post Date: 04/20/2022
The duo will play masterworks of the French, German, Flemish and Italian baroque in music of Bach, Couperin, Leclair, Blavet, Loeillet and others. The performance is in the acoustically stunning and intimate Brooks House Atrium 132 Main St. Brattleboro, Vt on Friday, April 29th at 7pm. The beguiling sonorities of the wooden baroque flute and recorder and the lush warmth of the harpsichord will be sure to enchant. Both Lepkoff and Fitch are veterans of many prominent ensembles and festivals. Admission is $15.00 at the door or tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite:
JESSE LEPKOFF, early flutes and recorders, holds a degree in early music performance from New England Conservatory, Boston. He received his graduate education at the Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands with flutist Wilbert Hazelzet. His many performances include appearances with The Smithsonian Chambers Players, The Musicians of Swanne Alley, The Newberry Consort, Joel Fredriksen & Ensemble Phoenix, The Arcadia Players and as a soloist with The National Symphony under the direction of Christopher Hogwood. The Springfield Union News reported: “His phrasing seemed to defy the human body’s oxygen requirements, while remaining infinitely graceful and acoustically penetrating.” He performs and records regularly with The Boston Camerata, has toured with them in the US, Europe, Israel and Asia, and has recorded for American and European radios, as well as for the Erato, Fleur de Son, and Nonesuch labels. In the U.S. he has appeared many times live on WGBH radio, given lecture concerts at the Smithsonian, New England Conservatory and Louisiana University, Lafayette.
FRANCES CONOVER FITCH, harpsichord, has toured in North America and Europe and performs with many major early music ensembles. She helped found the groundbreaking ensemble for 17th-century music, Concerto Castello, and has been described as a “delightfully inventive and compelling” continuo player. She has more than a dozen recordings, including a solo disk on Wildboar and a 2-CD release of music by Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. Her playing has been noted for its “precision and delicacy of wit.” Ms. Fitch has participated in many music festivals, including Tanglewood, Aix-en-Provence and Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, Germany. She was on the faculty of the Longy School of Music for 28 years, serving as Chair of Early Music and teaching harpsichord, organ, chamber music, and figured bass. In 2012-13, she was Guest Professor at Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan, and is currently on the faculty at New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University.