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by Misty Theisen & Jennifer Reason

Flute music with traditional modes, updated classical forms and Romantic harmonies, all with a contemporary twist.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Blue Flower
Misty Theisen
5:04 $0.99
2. Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 150: I. Moderato e drammatico
Misty Theisen & Jennifer Reason
3:50 $0.99
3. Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 150: II. Vivo
Misty Theisen & Jennifer Reason
3:11 $0.99
4. Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 150: III. Lento tranquillo
Misty Theisen & Jennifer Reason
5:29 $0.99
5. Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 150: IV. Allegro
Misty Theisen & Jennifer Reason
3:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
About EVERGREEN: On the surface, the two composers represented on this album seem separate in their American experience. Michael Young (b. 1939) was born on the west coast, is an avid mountaineer and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonian, and composes for keyboard and idiosyncratic chamber groups while Stephen Dankner (b. 1944) was raised in Brooklyn, studied at Juilliard, writes frequently for large orchestra, and has composed 24 string quartets.

Yet what connects both is their love of nature and their desire to revitalize traditional modes of musical expression, updating classical forms and Romantic harmonies with a contemporary twist. These characteristics may be heard in their works The Blue Flower and Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 150 - both composed specifically for and dedicated to Misty Theisen.

About the Artists:

Misty Theisen is a multifaceted musician based in western North Carolina where she is professor of woodwinds/music education at Mars Hill University.

Performing recitals, concertizing, and conducting clinics across the United States, Theisen is an active flutist. She has appeared regularly with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. As featured soloist with orchestra or wind ensemble, her performances include concerti by Cimarosa, Doppler, Chaminade, Mozart, and Michael Young. A tireless advocate of contemporary classical music, Theisen has given the world premiere of several compositions commissioned by and dedicated to her. With her ensemble FUJIN she has toured throughout the country, lectured at the 2015 Mid-South Flute Festival, and performed at the 2016 U.S. Navy International Saxophone Symposium. Her forthcoming album scheduled for release in 2019 will feature new music for flute by 20th-century and contemporary American composers.

In addition to flute and piccolo, Theisen is a proficient performer on all clarinets, saxophones, and oboe. She utilizes these skills in her steady work as an orchestral musician for several regional theater companies (Asheville Community Theatre, Parkway Playhouse, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, and more). Recent productions for which Theisen has played reed books include The Producers, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the world premiere run of Acito & Libby's Chasing Rainbows. Theisen occasionally appears as pianist — including when she staged and directed her own sold-out production of Musical of Musicals: The Musical! at 35Below (Asheville, NC) in January 2017.

Theisen's experiences as a music educator are wide-ranging, encompassing K-12 public schools and private university positions, bands and orchestras, the United States and England. Just prior to her full-time appointment to Mars Hill University, she taught in both the Buncombe County and Asheville City public school systems. From 2012 to 2014, Theisen presided as the Tau B Province Officer for Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity; she continues to serve SAI as the financial officer for the Lambda Beta chapter.

Misty Theisen received degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in Music Education (BMEd) and Flute Performance (MM) where she studied with Sharon Lebsack. She has also taken lessons from and participated in master classes with renowned soloists Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund Davies, and Wissam Boustany.

Hailed as a pianist "in the league of Carnegie Hall," a "rising star" whose playing is "lush, sensual and colorful: like a painting" (Sulzbach-Rosenberger, Germany), and a "powerhouse" (Victor Forman, CapRadio) who possesses an "extraordinary skill" (D. Frantztreb, S.C.C.), Jennifer Reason is a vibrant young performer in consistent demand, and the recipient of Sacramento Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 Award for 2016. She gave her first solo recital at the age of 5, and had acquired her first Staff Pianist position by the tender age of 12. She has since gone on to appear in solo and ensemble performances across Europe, the United States and Canada.

A widely versatile and experienced musician, Jennifer is an adept pianist and vocalist in a variety of genres. Recently she completed her 9th international festival tour, including twice appearing as a soloist to critical acclaim at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany, as well as at the Schlern and Orfeo International Music Festivals in Italy. She has also twice appeared in an ensemble setting at Carnegie Hall, as well as the Vatican, the Liszt Academy in Hungary, and the international Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Italy.

Jennifer received her BM in Piano Performance at California State University - Sacramento under the tutelage of renowned Steinway Artist Richard Cionco. She has since gone on to develop a passion for collaborative performance and co-founded the 9 year old modern chamber sextet Citywater, currently Ensemble-in-Residence at CSU - Sacramento. (www.citywatermusic.com) Her collaborative interests expand well beyond her classical roots however, so in addition to classical heavyweights like Hope Briggs (San Francisco Opera), Steven Mackey (Composer-in-Residence, Princeton) and composer John Rutter, she has also shared the stage with such diverse acts as rockers Jonathan Cain (Journey), Michael Carabello (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Santana) and Jerry Martini (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sly and the Family Stone), Broadway stars Eugene Brancoveanu (Tony Award), and Jason Graae, as well as popular personalities such as Billy Bob Thornton, baseball's Tony La Russa and Governor Jerry Brown. Her latest collaborative project, a mash-up band by the name The ReAssemblers of Whimsy, has just been appointed Ensemble-in-Residence with the Townsend Opera Company.

Jennifer has shown herself to be an accomplished music director as well as performer, having made her international conducting debut in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City in early 2014. She is currently the Artistic Director for the Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace, a 16-voice a capella ensemble who donates 100% of their proceeds to underfunded charities nationwide. (www.rsvpchoir.org), as well as the recently appointed Music Director of the Rogue Music Project, a music collective formed to challenge current perceptions of opera through unpredictable, adventurous, and socially conscious performances. She has also acted as music director, vocal coach, and lead keyboardist to over 30 theater productions, notably including the world premiere of Max Understood, a musical aiming to raise autism awareness (produced by Paul Dresher and directed by David Schweizer), and the Bay Area premiere and adaption of Disney's Shakespeare in Love (Marin Theatre Co, directed by Jasson Minadakis).

In keeping with her passion for collaboration, Jennifer has worked as Staff Accompanist at Sacramento City College, Cosumnes River College, CSU - Sacramento, Townsend Opera Players, and the Sacramento Children's Chorus, and continues to be called upon to accompany both vocalists and instrumentalists all over the state.

When not performing, Jennifer enjoys working as a freelance session player with Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, as well as maintaining an accomplished private studio. Her students have been accepted on scholarship to collegiate music programs such as the Hartt School of Music, University of North Texas, University of Miami Frost School of Music, CSU Long Beach, CSU - Sacramento, William Jessup University and Cosumnes River College. She is also serving as the newest piano faculty member at William Jessup University. To round out her endeavors, you can hear her on Capitol Public Radio as a stand-in classical host.

Jennifer is currently residing in California.



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