September 25, 6:30 - 9:30 AM (Rain or Shine)
Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

Enjoy a migrating, musical journey through the Robinson Nature Center!

A unique, adult-only fall celebration! Hear art imitate nature as you migrate through genres of music in beautiful, natural settings. Enjoy jazz in the meadow with Bay Jazz Project, the vocals of soprano Aundi Moore cascading through the woods, an array of classical works for flute and strings performed by the Meridian Ensemble, and electroacoustic music by Matthew Burtner accompanying celestial projections on the planetarium's dome. 

Tastings and $2 pours of local craft beers from Jailbreak and Manor Hill Brewing and gourmet sliders by local food truck favorite Upslidedown Dave will be available on-site.

Tickets: $40 (Ages 21+)  Limited capacity - Order today!

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In partnership with Robinson Nature Center

The Evening's Artists

BAY JAZZ PROJECT -  SETH KIBEL is one of the Mid-Atlantic's premier woodwind specialists. Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth is the winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including "Best World Music Instrumentalist" (2003-11) and "Best Jazz Instrumentalist" (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). Additional talented members of the Bay Jazz Project will join Seth: pianist, SEAN LANE, known for his fluid, graceful performance style and bassist, BOB ABBOTT with his creative approach to the instrument and unique musicality.

Aundi Marie Moore, soprano - The Washington Post hailed Aundi Marie Moore as possessing a voice of “clarion beauty,” and The Richmond Times raved “Throughout the program, Moore was riveting- a dazzling stage presence. Her lyric soprano, more than powerful enough to fill the hall, displayed a shimmering luster, effortless flexibility and a remarkable range of color...one sensed that this woman could sing anything in any style, with stunning results.” Engagements for the soprano during the 2013 - 2014 season included the National Symphony for Knoxville: Summer of 1915, the Virginia Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, as well as portraying Serena in Porgy and Bess with Syracuse Opera and the role of Soprano 2 in the World Premiere of Nyman’s Facing Goya with the Spoleto Festival USA and on tour with the Singapore Arts Festival. Aundi Marie will be accompanied by Carlos Rodriguez on keyboard.

 Carlos César Rodríguez, piano  -  Acclaimed by The Washington Post as a, “Powerful and virtuoso pianist”, Carlos César Rodríguez made his recital debut in his native Venezuela at age 5, his orchestral debut as soloist at age 11 and at age 21 made his Carnegie Hall: Weil Recital Hall Debut in New York City. As concert-artist and conductor Mr. Rodríguez has performed at the White House, JFK Center, Smithsonian and toured in Europe and throughout the Americas. In 2005 he received the prestigious Georg Solti Foundation US fellowship for outstanding young conductors. He is Music Director/Pianist for Carmen in Havana with Washington Ballet, a member of the piano faculty at the Levine School of Music and guest artist and coach for the Domingo/Cafritz Young Artist Program with Washington National Opera.

MERIDIAN ENSEMBLE
KIMBERLY VALERIO has been playing Principal Flute with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra since 2004 and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1998. In addition to her appointment with both orchestras, she has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony throughout their 2002-2004 season, Baltimore Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Spoleto Festival Orchestra U.S.A., Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Chesapeake Chamber Orchestra. Kimberly Valerio’s sound has been described as having “sparkle and verve” by the Baltimore Sun, “gorgeous sound”, “sweet purity” by the Capital Gazette, and “graceful elegance” by the Severna Park Voice.  

A member of the Meridian Ensemble, NICHOLAS CURRIE is Concertmaster of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and Principal Second of Concert Artists of Baltimore. He also has performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician. Mr. Currie is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Illinois State University. His schooling also included a summer in Fontainbleau, France, at the American Conservatory.

A member of the Meridian Ensemble, FIONA THOMPSON is currently the principal cellist of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra as well as Artist-in-Residence with the Mendelssohn Piano Trio at Messiah College. She is also a member of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and Concert Artists of Baltimore, and regularly plays with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra in D.C. with whom she recently toured Japan. Her chamber music appearances include the Embassy Series in Washington D.C. for which the Mendelssohn Piano Trio are the resident group, National Gallery of the Arts, Phillips Collection, Penn Alps music festival and Spoleto Music Festival in South Carolina.

Composer and sound artist MATTHEW BURTNER specializes in concert chamber music and interactive new media. His work explores ecoacoustics, embodiment, and extended polymeric and noise-based systems, hailed by the New York New Music Connoisseur for "completely new sound patterns and sonic ideas suggesting an entirely revised organization of tones unlike anything in our musical past." First Prize Winner of the Musica Nova International Electroacoustic Music Competition (Czeck Republic), a 2011 IDEA Award Winner, and a recipient of the Howard Brown Foundation Fellowship, Burtner's music has also received honors and awards from Bourges (France), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Darmstadt (Germany) and Luigi Russolo (Italy) International Competitions. He is professor of Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia.