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Inalare chamber trio performs Sept. 3

BOONE—The chamber trio Inalare will present a concert titled “Dreams and Images” Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

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Soprano Linda Larson, flutist Kay Borkowski and pianist Bair Shagdaron, who have performed together since 2010, will join forces for the program that features compositions for duos, as well as a piano solo and several trios.

Shagdaron and Larson are faculty members in Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music, while Borkowski has recently retired from the university.

The program includes Handel’s “Nel dolce dell’oblio,” in which Phyllis enjoys her dreams of her beloved, even though they bring her deception as well as delight. Lush sensualism of the night pervades music of French composer Georges Hue as well as Andre Caplet’s “Reverie et Petite Valse” for flute and piano.

American composer Andre Previn’s set of love songs features the haunting sound of the alto flute. Flute and voice alone are partnered in John Corigliano’s “Irish Folksong” settings. The concert includes “Lieder” by Richard Strauss and a virtuosic solo piano piece. The concert closes with a Leonard Bernstein song in which Wendy sings to Peter Pan “wherever you may chance to be, close your lovely eyes and dream with me.”

Borkowski has been principal flutist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Indiana Chamber Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic and Chamber orchestras and Augusta Symphony Orchestra.

She has taught at West Virginia University, Ohio University, Indiana University-Fort Wayne, Columbia College, Augusta College, the University of South Florida and at Appalachian, and she has participated in faculty chamber music groups at each of those universities. She holds the Bachelor of Music degree in performance at Indiana University and the Master of Arts degree in music theory from the Ohio State University.

Larson’s operatic experiences bring a dramatic element to all of her performances. She has sung leading operatic roles throughout the United States with companies including New York City Opera National Company, Opera Illinois, Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Indianapolis Opera and Opera Memphis. Larson has enacted tragic death onstage as Gilda, Violetta and Hoffmann’s Antonia. Her characters on the lighter side include Musetta, Susanna, Fiordiligi, Gretel, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, both Rosalinda and Adele in Die Fledermaus and others.

Larson holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin. She is a graduate of the Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist Training Program, and participated in the Twentieth Century Opera and Song program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has taught at New York University and Ithaca College and served as coordinator of the vocal coaching program at Cornell University. She is conductor of the Appalachian Chorale.

Shagdaron was born in Moscow, Russia, and began studying music at age 4. He studied with Esther Fedorchenko and Valeria Polunina at the prestigious Moscow Gnesins Music School for Gifted Children, graduating in 1976.

He then studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the renowned Tatiana Nikolaeva, obtaining the doctorate degree in piano performance and then assuming the position of assistant professor at the conservatory. He served as assistant to Tatiana Nikolaeva for six years. In 1990, Shagdaron graduated from the conservatory with a second degree in composition, studying under Albert Leman.

After coming to the United States in 1996, Shagdaron taught at Ottawa University in Kansas. In fall 2000, he joined the faculty at Appalachian where he is professor of piano.

He premiered Edward Bullock’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” and has been a guest artist for An Appalachian Summer Festival and others.