ASO PRINCIPALS


Tuesday, March 26th

8:00pm / doors at 6:30pm

General admission: $15

Students with ID at the door: $10

Table of 4 reserved seats: $75

 

The concert will feature lyrical favorites for flute and harp, as well as traditional and contemporary tangos by Piazzolla and Lynch.

Musicians Christina Smith, flute, and Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp, are pleased to present an evening of chamber music.

A native of Sonoma County, California, Christina Smith began her flute studies when she was seven. She has appeared as soloist with many orchestras in Northern California, including the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 15. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, where she won the Academy’s highest honor, the Young Artist Medal. In the same year, she became an awardee in the NFAA’s National Arts Recognition and Talent Search. In 1989, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music to study with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She has also studied with Timothy Day and Keith Underwood.

Appointed principal flutist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20, Ms. Smith has appeared as soloist with the ASO many times, performing works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bizet, Rodrigo, Nielsen, John Corigliano,Christopher Rouse, and Kaija Saariaho. Her summer appearances include the Blossom, Tanglewood, Sunflower, Highlands, Bellingham, and Marlboro Music festivals. Currently on the faculty at Kennesaw State University, she regularly appears in recitals, chamber music, and master classes throughout the country.

Ms. Smith lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.

The principal harpist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1995, Elisabeth Remy Johnson grew up on Cape Cod, commuting to Boston for her studies with Ann Hobson Pilot and spending summers in Camden, Maine, at the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony for study with Alice Chalifoux. Other summers were spent at Tanglewood, where she was a Fellow in Harp at the Tanglewood Music Center. Upon her graduation Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a double major in music and French, she was immediately hired by the Atlanta Symphony, where she holds the endowed Delta Air Lines Chair. Winner of first-place awards in competitions of the American Harp Society and the American String Teachers Association, she is also a NFAA/ARTS awardee.

With the Atlanta Symphony, Ms. Remy Johnson has performed concertos by Debussy, Handel, Mozart, and Ginastera. She recorded Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with Robert Shaw and his Chamber Singers for the Telarc recording “A Robert Shaw Christmas: Angels on High.” Her first solo CD, “Whirlwind”, was released by ACA Digital in 2000. She recently recorded a duet album, “Encantamiento”, featuring works for flute and harp with Christina Smith, ASO principal flute, which was released in fall 2008.

Ms. Remy Johnson teaches harp privately and is an artist affiliate at Emory University, Artist in Residence at Kennesaw State University, and Adjunct Instructor at Georgia State University. She frequently performs chamber and solo recitals in the Atlanta area, and is a regular guest at the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Ms. Remy Johnson has also been a guest at the Carolina Chamber Music Festival (NC), the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (FL) and the Madison Chamber Music Festival (GA). Ms. Remy Johnson is co-founder and artistic director of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, a program serving 65 harp students from the Atlanta Public School system, for which she received Atlanta’s Channel Eleven Community Service Award and the TBS Pathfinder’s Award. She was also awarded the ASO’s honorary UPS Community Service Chair for 2006-07.