Flute, guitar duo will perform in chamber music series Feb. 10

The Cavatina Duo will perform at Ripon College Friday, Feb, 10, as part of the Chamber Music and Jazz at Ripon series. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. The artists will also lead a masterclass that day with Ripon College flute and guitar students. The masterclass will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Demmer recital hall.

Both the masterclass and the concert are free and open to the public.

The Cavatina Duo, Eugenia Moliner on flute from Spain and Denis Azabaqic on guitar from Bosnia, has become one of the most impressive combinations of its kind in the world. A Fanfare magazine critic wrote, “Style, sympathy, and technical aplomb . . . it’s doubtful that the Cavatina’s sophisticated and artistic playing could be surpassed.”

The duo are dedicated soloists and chamber musicians and break convention with their combination of instruments and daring choices of varied and versatile repertoire. The result is new sounds, colors and musical phrasings, which in return awakens a high level of emotion and audience response. They have performed at Ravinia’s Raising Stars series (Chicago), Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival (France), the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan), National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing (China), National Flute Convention Gala Concert (USA), the Harris Theater (Chicago), Kolkata International Guitar Festival (India), Foundation Principe Felipe and Palau de la Musica (Spain), among many others.

Their “Sephardic Journey” CD (Cedille 2016) consists of new commissions of works based on Sephardic melodies from five leading composers. The world premiere was held at the Ravinia Festival with the renowned Avalon Quartet in March 2016.s released on Cedille Records of that same year.

In 2017, the Cavatina Duo and soprano Patrice Michaels collaborated with composer Laurie Altman and multi Grammy winning producer Judy Sherman on the CD “Sonic Migrations” for the German Record company NEOS.

The duo’s latest album, “Folias and Fantasias”, released in 2020 by Bridge Records, was named Critic’s Choice 2020 by American Record Guide.

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