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Rosewood Chamber Ensemble

Barbara Hopkins


Music - Classical

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$300 - 499

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Barbara Hopkins,

The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble (Barbara Hopkins, flute; Judy Handler, guitar) is in its fourth season of entertaining audiences with their programs based on the stories and people of the early United States. The Greater Boston Flute Association wrote about their Boston concert, "The pieces were played with great style and joy, resulting in a captivating performance." Their repertoire ranges from familiar Stephen Foster songs and lively dances of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the classical music beloved by John Quincy Adams. Particularly interesting are the background stories they tell about the period, historical figures, the music, and the flutes. Barbara plays these concerts on historical flutes, including authentic Asa Hopkins flutes, made in Litchfield, CT circa 1830. Two of these flutes are made from rosewood, and that combined with the rosewood in Judy's guitars inspired the name Rosewood Chamber Ensemble. They have received grants from the Evelyn Preston Memorial Fund and have performed at venues including the Adams National Historical Park, Yale Musical Instrument Collection, Southbury Public Library, Prosser Public Library, Litchfield Historical Society, and the National Flute Association Convention.

Barbara has a Doctorate in music and is the flute teacher at the University of Connecticut (Storrs) and a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Judy has her Master of Music from The Hartt School. She is co-founder of the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society and performs nationally with her husband, Mark Levesque.

Videos of our performances are available on our website.

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