Gonzalo Cortes, flute | Natasha Ulyanovsky, piano
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba G. F. Handel
La Plus que Lente Claude Debussy
Cafe 1930, Nightclub 1960 Astor Piazzolla
Someone to watch over me George Gershwin
Embraceable You Gershwin
Who Cares Gershwin
Gonzalo Cortes, a native of Chile, was formerly Principal Flute of the Classical Orchestra of Santiago, Chile. He studied with Alberto Harms at the Catholic University of Chile and earned an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University with Robert Langevin, Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic, as his teacher. As a soloist and orchestral musician, he has toured South America and the USA and has performed at numerous festivals and venues. In addition to Mr. Cortés’ classical training pursuit, he is a proponent of World Music, particularly flutes from around the world. He is also a skillful improviser, he has explored other musical genres such as flamenco and Latin jazz. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Hartford Flute Ensemble, Atacama Ensemble and a member of Kalmia Ensemble and Blue Madeiras.
Natasha Ulyanovsky (pianist, organist and conductor) is a graduate of the Odessa Conservatory, of the former U.S.S.R., with further music studies at the Moscow Conservatory, at Speyer Cathedral, Germany and at The Queen’s College, Oxford. Before emigrating from the U.S.S.R. in 1989 Ms. Ulyanovsky was an orchestra artist and vocal coach at Odessa Opera House, concert pianist and organist with Moscow Soyuzconcert, the state concert management for professional musicians. In 1980 Mrs. Ulyanovsky became a chief organist at Pitsunda Hall of the Abkhazian Republic, where she earned a title of Honored Artist in 1988. She also concertized in Hungary, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Lithuania, and throughout New England. In 2004 she appeared in the program Two Nations-One Love at Carnegie Hall, NY. She is the co-founder of Alla Breve Opera & Consort company. Since 1999 she is has held the position of Music Director at Beth Israel Congregation of West Hartford, CT and has been on the faculty of Hartt School since 2002.She has been honored in 2011 by the Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition for outstanding contributions to the community.
From mid-September through May, The Interchurch Center sponsors a series of programs by professional artists from the New York metropolitan area and beyond. Programs range from string quartets to woodwind ensembles, traditional African folk music to Celtic songs and dances, medieval to jazz, vocal soloists to choirs, and emerging artists to established professionals. Director of Chapel Music Christopher Johnson arranges a broad spectrum of quality programming that is designed to appeal to the widest possible audience.