CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 28, 2011ᾰThe fourth performance of the 2010-2011 Chamber Music Sundays at Three season will feature “Sprezzatura,” a Baroque flute and harpsichord ensemble performed by Southeast flute professor Paul Thompson and harpsichordist Bethany Cencer. The duo will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall.
“Sprezzatura,” known for its diverse repertoire and joyful approach to music-making, was co-founded by Thompson and Cencer in Boston in 2008.
Thompson, a Southeast faculty member since 1991, has performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and his native England. He has been a featured performer at National Flute Association Conventions in Dallas and New York City, and has recently performed in Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee and many locations in Missouri. Thompson studied Baroque style with Christopher Krueger, Konrad Hunteler, Barthold Kuijken and Jed Wentz. He participated at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute four times, and he attended the International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music in 2008. He performs with the period instrument groups, the Southeast Baroque, St. Louis Baroque and the Kingsbury Ensemble.
Cencer is completing a DMA in harpsichord and a doctorate in musicology/theory at Stony Brook University. Cencer also teaches Baroque music courses to both music and non-music majors and is on the faculty of the Adult Chamber Music program at the University. She regularly performs with the Stony Brook Baroque Ensemble and the University Orchestra and is organist at the historic Caroline Episcopal Church in Brookhaven, N.Y. Cencer is the founder and director of Stony Brook’s annual “Early Music Day,” an outreach event in which music faculty, students and guests introduce period instruments to people of all ages, providing a unique hands-on experience for the participants. Cencer has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Detroit Scarab Club, McGill University and the Boston Early Music Festival. She has also been a featured soloist with New York City’s Aulos Ensemble.
For more information on the concert, please visit http://www.chambermusicsundays.com/.