A turning point for modern western music. There is no greater transformative turning point for classical and modern western music than the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the music written to celebrate it. This Lenten-themed concert includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 4, which he wrote for Easter in 1707. Cantatas were written for church services, and in honor of Christian holidays, and are marked by an emphasis on vocal presentation, with an instrumental accompaniment. Bach wrote more than 200 cantatas in his lifetime, which were critical in the development of both vocal and instrumental music, and are considered to be some of his best work.
Andrea Kapell Loewy is Principal Flutist for Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Over the course of her career, she has also acted as Principal Flutist for the Orchestra of the State of Mexico, and Guest Principal Flutist for the Shanghai Symphony.
She has presented four recital/teaching tours in China and has given a solo recital in England, and has performed at several National Flute Conventions in New Orleans, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Dallas, and New York City.
Andrea is Professor Emerita at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music from Emporia State University, where she played concerts throughout the Midwest with the Mid America Woodwind Quintet, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Memphis University. Her work can be enjoyed on a CD of contemporary flute works titled Apparitions and Whimsies, released under Centaur Records.
Rachel Taratoot Ciraldo is the Principal Flutist for the Baton Rouge and Meridian Symphony Orchestras, and second flutist for the Gulf Coast Symphony. From 2007-2013, she was Instructor of Flute at Southeastern Louisiana University, and has served as a visiting instructor of flute at both Louisiana State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Rachel is an active chamber musician and performs regularly with guitarist and husband, Nicholas Ciraldo, in Duo Cintemani, and in the Lagniappe Trio, with harpist Stephanie Gustafson-Amfahr and violist Christopher Lowry. She has served in artistic roles, both for these ensembles, as well as for FestivalSouth, the South’s premier annual cultural arts celebration. As the Development Coordinator of the Hattiesburg Concert Association, the organization that presents FestivalSouth, she effects social and economic development in south Mississippi, by working to increase awareness and relevance of arts advocacy.
Rachel is the winner of several international flute competitions and has participated in recording projects with the Baton Rouge Symphony, country singer and song-writer and member of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band, Mac McAnally, and for Centaur Records. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Master of Music degree from Boston University. In her free time, she loves gardening, traveling, and eating great food.