The OPEN AIRE ENSEMBLE
 

June 9 Concert

1:30 p.m.

Arlington Street Church

Boston, MA (USA)

donations accepted

 

    The Open Aire Ensemble bloomed from a long term friendship and a need for a fabulous pianist! Rebecca Jeffreys and Marjorie Bollinger Hogan had encountered each other at numerous flute conventions and fairs on the East Coast for years. It was not until Rebecca moved to Massachusetts that they finally had a chance to play together and really seal their mutual respect for each other as musicians and friends. In August of 2012, Rebecca began working at the Nashua Community Music School where she met Molly Wood. Molly and Rebecca met together to read some tunes and discuss the possibility of a faculty recital. Again here there was instant musical connection! A few months later, the three of us combined and the Open Aire Ensemble was born! It was easy for us to determine a sound and a philosophy. All three of us had been trained classically but we wanted something different. We were seeking music that told stories, painted pictures and carried the listener into a place of contentment and joy. All the things we wanted for ourselves and yet wanted to share with your audience. A majority of our composers are not only living but colleagues and friends. As a result, the sounds are fresh and creative.


We have come to love these composers and know we will meet many more!


Steve Tung

Mel Lauf, Jr.

Gary Schocker

Ian Clark

Jennifer Grady

Catherine McMichael

John Rutter

Rhonda Larson

John Cage

Francis Poulenc





Molly Wood holds a Bachelor of Music Piano Performance from Butler University and Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano from Boston University.

A resident of Nashua, Molly Wood frequently performs and teaches all over New Hampshire and the greater Boston area. Molly serves as an adjunct faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, teaching piano and theory in the music department. She teaches piano at the Nashua Community Music School. Molly accompanies the Concord Chorale and Merrimack Concert Association Chorus. She is in her fifth year of playing piano and organ at Arlington Street Church in Boston for the chorus and services. She occasionally plays classes at the New England School of Dance and the Boston Ballet for all ages and levels. For the past three years Molly has played several school tours and performances with Opera North in Lebanon and Boston-based Opera To Go. She is also an active recitalist; this past summer she toured Nashua with the Aliento Trio (piano, clarinet, cello) and kicked off Southern New Hampshire University’s performance series in a faculty recital with soprano Lindsay Rinaldi. In the fall of 2009 she participated with soprano Rebekah Alexander in the Oxford Lieder Mastercourse in England, participating in masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, and Eugene Asti. During the summers of 2007 and 2008 she served as a staff pianist and vocal coach at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She has coached under the direction of Shiela Kibbe, Martin Katz, Rudolf Jansen, and Marvin Hamlisch and worked with composers John Harbison, Jake Heggie, and Ricky Ian Gordon. Molly earned her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano from Boston University in 2008.















Marjorie Bollinger Hogan gave her solo debut at age 14, with the Richey (FL) Community Band. Marjorie received a BA in Applied Flute from University of South Florida, where she studied with Martha Rearick. In 1987 Marjorie received USF’s Dawn Zimmerman Flute Award and won third prize in Florida Flute Association's Young Artist competition. Marjorie performed with the Florida Orchestra, Ft. Myers Symphony, and Naples Symphony and continued studies with Linda Toote and Geoffrey Gilbert. Marjorie attended the Hartt School of Music on a talent award scholarship and received a Master of Music in Applied Flute, under the tutelage of John Wion. Marjorie has performed and given masterclasses throughout the United States. Marjorie is currently Director of the Merrimack Valley Flute Choir and Principal Flute of Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and Nashua Chamber Orchestra. She recently performed Rutter’s flute concerto, “Suite Antique,” with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic.

About the Open Aire Ensemble

For booking information contact:


Rebecca Jeffreys

978-761-1691

rjeffreys@charter.net


Demo CDs available

"The Open Aire Ensemble is the confluence of friendship, artistry and natural talent. Molly, Rebecca and Marjorie are three musicians whose performances are more than just beautifully played; they are like an inviting afternoon with friends."  -Gillian Hinkle