- August was a busy month for
Cosmos! One highlight was an afternoon in Newcastle, NH, with renowned
flutist Robert Willoughby, formerly first flutist of the Cleveland
Orchestra and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the
National Flute Association, among other accomplishments. In addition to
coaching the trio, Willoughby attended a Cosmos concert.
- In early August, hundreds of
attendees at the 2008 National Flute Convention heard – and
enthusiastically applauded – Cosmos’ performances
of its commissioned works.
- Also in August, Cosmos lent a hand
to the beleaguered musicians of the now-defunct Columbus Symphony by
performing a benefit recital.
- Cosmos has performed numerous
the recent years. The trio has presented world premieres of
commissioned pieces by Stephen Paulus and Andrew Boysen, and will soon
premiere a new work by Stephen Pauls. See below for details.
- Lynn Green of The Columbus
praised Cosmos' October 16 world premiere of "Petite Suite," composed
for Cosmos by Stephen Paulus: "The centerpiece of the evening was
'Petite Suite'...The work seemed shorter than its listed 11 minutes and
the trio performed it well...the gorgeous viola phrases in the second
movement made the most-lasting impression."
- New CD! Cosmos' Katherine Borst
Jones and Jeanne Norton have released Paradise,
a 20-piece CD that includes classic works for flute and harp
by Bach, Debussy, Faure, Ravel and more. Available by mail-order form for
- Paradise received
a glowing review in the Decemer 2007 issue of The Flute Network:
"...a splendid recording of some of the most beautiful and
treasured works in the repertoire with a balance of moods and composers
that puts the listener at ease and yet still draws them into the
sensuous web... The overall mood is one of quiet intensity and
Borst-Jones brings out every nuance and color with her delicate
phrasing, limpid tone and floating legato tone; her flute playing is
just so open, lyrical, musical and technically sound. Harpist Norton is
likewise a superb musician and performer. She is a sensitive and
simpatico duo partner so that the two match their attacks, dynamic and
- Cosmos' well-received spring 2007
performances of "Trio in Four Movements for Flute, Viola and Harp"
Libby Larsen. Cosmos commissioned and premiered the work in 2006. A
prolific and popular composer, Larsen has composed more than
spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber
massive orchestra and choral scores. She has held residencies with
California Institute of the Arts, Arnold Schoenberg Institute,
Philadelphia School of the Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory and
U.S. orchestras, and has collaborated with many world-renowned artists,
including The King's Singers, Benita Valente and Frederica von Stade.
- Also in the spring, Cosmos
performed a world
premiere of "A Columbus Triptych," by Stephen Main, and reprised
"Beautiful, Sweet, Delicate," which Cosmos commissioned from Andrew
Boysen and premiered in 2006.
The Ohio State
University, Columbus, Ohio
maintains an active performance schedule. In the last two years, the
trio has performed at these venues:
University, Muncie, Indiana
Guest Artist Series, Earlham, Ohio
Baroque,” Miami University,
Goes Baroque,” presented by Pro
Musica Chamber Orchestra, Pontifical
Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio
Concert Series, Frankfort, Ohio
Celebration of Sound Series, Worthington
Presbyterian Church, Worthington, Ohio
Firelands Chamber Music
Presbyterian Church, Port Clinton, Ohio
State University, Columbus
COSMOS and Chorale!, The
State University, Columbus, Ohio
Cosmos enjoyed an August afternoon being coached
by renowned flutist Bob Willoughby.
"Thanks so much for sending Paradise.
It is wonderful! Your playing is terrific."
Harris, Jeanne Norton, Libby Larsen,
Katherine Borst Jones
performance was stunning. I have listened to [the recording] several
times and am impressed with the sensitivity you gave to the
Boysen, on Cosmos' recording of "Beautiful, Sweet, Delicate."
|Cosmos recently premiered
"A Columbus Triptych" by Stephen Main. Learn more about Stephen at www.stephenmain.com/
a compelling recording of
"In paradisum," from Faure's "Requiem." Order by mail with