Academics & the Arts

New venue!

The Nielsen Concert Series returns for the 2015-16 season with a new format and a new venue! The new series is composed of two events, with evening concerts open to all and afternoon master classes and brief performances in various metro-area schools. Our mission is broader and more encompassing, with a goal of bringing the joy of serious music not just to Grand View students and the community but also to younger students who may carry that joy with them for a long time to come.

Concerts will be held in Grand View's new Student Center, in the Speed Lyceum, a space specifically designed for musical performances and named after Robert Speed, donor and long-time music professor at Grand View until his retirement in 1996.  Tickets are $20, to help defray the costs of the ensemble. 

Donations are appreciated.

Monday, November 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Speed Lyceum, Grand View University

Boston’s Ensemble Aubade will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the spectacular Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy, one of the most fascinating works of the 20th century.  The group performs masterworks and rarely-heard treasures by European and American composers.

The Program
Sonatine en Trio by Maurice Ravel
Suite Brêve by Ladislas de Rohozinski
Sunrise by Thea Musgrave
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy

Flutist Peter H. Bloom, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), concertizes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia; is featured on 40 recordings (Sony Classical, Dorian, Leo, other labels); serves on the faculty of Snow Pond Composers Workshop; is historical performance consultant to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts; and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. 

Mary Jane Rupert, harp, praised by The New York Times as exhibiting "indeed real sensitivity," has performed throughout the world from Carnegie Recital Hall to the Beijing Concert Hall. She has appeared as concert pianist and harpist with chamber ensembles, choral groups and orchestras across the United States.  She serves on the faculties of Boston College and Tufts University and taught previously at MIT and Wellesley College, where she taught harp for 20 years. 

Violist Francis Grimes has performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Opera, Boston Ballet, Masterworks Chorale and other distinguished ensembles.  He has served on the faculties of Milton Academy, the All Newton Music School and the Community Music Center of Boston.

Bloom and Rupert, performing as the Duo “2”, have toured New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and across the United States.  They’ve been praised for “beautiful phrasing, consummate duet passages, superb technical facility” (St. Andrews Performing Arts), and called “the very best players playing at the height of their powers…able to communicate the inner depth and meaning, the imagination