Allégresse Press Kit

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Group Bio

Recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Chamber Music Grant, Allégresse combines the virtuosic talents of three nationally recognized musicians with careers that have taken them throughout North America, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia both as soloists and chamber musicians. Allégresse, the French word for joy, aptly depicts the graceful artistry of this inspiring trio. Together for nearly 20 years, Annie, Margaret, and Ellen formed this exciting ensemble to explore the rich and varied repertoire for flute, oboe, and piano. They perform frequently on Kansas Public Radio and in 2009 they were awarded the University of Kansas General Research Fund to commission a work by Latin Grammy winner Gabriela Lena Frank.

The trio premiered Frank’s work, Canto y Danza, along with Halo by Bryan Kip Haahiem at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Birmingham, England. Other appearances include the Music Educators National Conference in Washington, D.C., the International Double Reed Society Conference in Ithaca, NY, the Oklahoma City Community College Cultural Arts Series, the Topeka Great Spaces Recital Series, the Ruel Joyce Series at Johnson County Community College (KS), and the University of Kansas Edwards Campus Recital Series. They were invited to perform at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, CA., at the Escuela de Bellas Artes at the University of Costa Rica and the Conservatório de Musica in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In 2015, the trio was able to commission two more works for the ensemble.  Weapons of MissDestruction, a multi-movement work by Anne M. Guzzo, and Cuando Me Acuerdo De Tí by Costa Rican composer Venico Meza, are both works for flute, oboe, bassoon and piano and were premiered in Tokyo, Japan and San Juan, Costa Rica. Dedicated to expanding the repertoire for the flute, oboe and piano trio, Allégresse has commissioned six new pieces. They can be heard on the CDs Allégresse; music for flute, oboe and piano, Fresh Ink, Gorgeous Nothings, a CD of compositions by Ingrid Stölzel, and Still Life which features the music of Kansas composers and Kansas poet Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. 

Contact Information:
For booking or other inquires, contact Allégresse:
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phone: 785.813.1518