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MASTERWORKS 5

Carmen

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2025
2:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ASHEVILLE

Darko Butorac, conductor

Lissie Shanahan, flute
Rebekah Hou, harp

Many 20th-century composers were approached to reinvent Bizet’s Carmen as a ballet, but only Shchedrin accepted the challenge; instead of struggling to outshine the legendary opera, he embraced Bizet’s work and re-formed it into a modern, percussion-centric ballet suite. The suite is written for strings, vibraphone, temple blocks, castanets, tam-tams, and more to bring the beloved melodies of Carmen to life in unexpected ways with daring ingenuity. Paired with the Carmen Suite is Montgomery’s Strum!; drawing on American folk idioms and inspired by the spirit of dance, Strum! begins with a fleeting nostalgia and transforms into ecstatic celebration. Rounding out the program is Mozart’s Parisian concerto for the unique and delightful pairing of flute and harp.

Montgomery: Strum!

Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra

Bizet / Shchedrin: Carmen Suite

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Lissie Shanahan, Flute
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Lissie Shanahan, Flute
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Lissie Shanahan is the Principal Flutist of the Asheville Symphony, a position which she has held since 2009.  She also serves as the Piccoloist of the Winston-Salem Symphony.  Ms. Shanahan has previously served as Principal Flute with the Asheville Lyric Opera and Second Flute with the Western Piedmont Symphony.  She has performed as guest Principal Flute with the New World Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, American Singers Opera Project, Carolina Philharmonic, and the Symphony of the Mountains.  She also performed in the National Repertory Orchestra and the Sarasota Music Festival.  She has presented recitals at High Point University, Davidson College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and St. Mary’s Music Academy in High Point and was a founding member of the Elektra Winds, an all-female woodwind quartet based in Winston-Salem.  This performance serves as her return as a soloist with the Asheville Symphony, having previously performed the Orchestral Suite No. 2 by J.S. Bach in 2013.  Additional concerto performances have been with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, and the High Point University Orchestra.  Other honors include First Prize in the 2003 Detroit Bohemian Concerto Competition and Third Prize in the 2011 Myrna Brown Artist Competition.

 A native of Michigan, Ms. Shanahan resides in Winston-Salem with her husband, Peter Shanahan, who is also a flutist.  Together, they serve as the instructors of the Winston-Salem Flute Academy and the Winston-Salem Youth Flute Ensemble where they strive to create well-rounded musicians through extensive collaborative experience.  Their ensembles perform recitals and concerts in the local community and beyond throughout the year.  Ms. Shanahan is also the Instructor of Flute at High Point University, Director of the HPU Flute Ensemble, and serves as Principal Flutist in the HPU Orchestra where students and their teachers work side by side in weekly rehearsals and semester-end concerts.  She has also served as Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Lenoir-Rhyne University and as Guest Instructor at the Long Island Conservatory, The Juilliard School Pre-College, and The Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts.  She presented a piccolo masterclass at the UNC Greensboro Flute Fest as well as flute pedagogy workshops at Building Better Bands, a seminar for middle and high school music educators.  She also regularly leads masterclasses at local middle and high schools.  As a  member of the Winston-Salem Symphony Woodwind Quintet, Ms. Shanahan performs educational concerts for thousands of students in Forsyth County elementary schools and community centers each year.

 Ms. Shanahan received her Master of Music from The Juilliard School as a student of world-renowned flute soloist Carol Wincenc.  She also holds a Bachelor of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied with eminent orchestral flutist Thomas Robertello.

Rebekah Hou, Harp
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Rebekah Hou, Harp
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REBEKAH HOU is currently pursuing a master’s degree in harp performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Yolanda Kondonassis, having graduated with honors from CIM with her bachelor’s degree in 2023. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Rebekah studied under Joan Raeburn Holland as a recipient of the Orchestral Fellowship and the Fine Arts Award for Harp. Most recently, Rebekah was a prizewinner of 2023 CIM Concerto Competition and performed Alberto Ginastera’s harp concerto with the CIM orchestra. She also received the Anne Adams Award from the American Harp Society’s National Foundation competitions in 2022.

As an orchestral musician, Rebekah has appeared as guest principal harpist of several orchestras in the Northeast Ohio area including Akron Symphony, Firelands Symphony, and Mansfield Symphony. She has also received fellowships from Round Top Orchestral Institute, Chautauqua Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA). Her performances with each festival have included collaborations with acclaimed conductors including Larry Rachleff, JoAnn Falletta, Brett Mitchell, and Carl Topilow. Most notable orchestral performances were from the NYO-USA 2019 American and European tour, which was directed by Sir Antonio Pappano and joined by guest artists Joyce DiDonato and Isabelle Leonard. Highlights of the tour included Carnegie Hall in New York, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

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