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Music, Theater & Dance

Casa Afternoons

"Riflessi di Primavera" Recital with Dance Performance

April 6, 2024
3:30 pm

Casa Afternoons invite our neighbors and their families
to enjoy the arts in a relaxed atmosphere

Riflessi di Primavera
Recital with Dance Performance

Ginevra Petrucci, flute
Kostja Kostic, clarinet
Maren Rothfritz, viola
Chelsea Lane, harp
Sara Jumper, dancer
Jeremy Kyle Gruner, lights


Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987)
Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Harp 

Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti (b. 1983)
ko​ʻ​u inoa for Viola Solo

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp 

Light refreshments will be served

Families with children are welcome

Hailed by the press as “one of the most interesting talents of her generation”, Ginevra Petrucci has performed at Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Salle Cortot (Paris), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Santa Cecilia (Rome), Ohji Hall (Tokyo), as well as throughout China, South America, and the Middle East. As a soloist, she has appeared in concert with I Pomeriggi Musicali, I Virtuosi Italiani, and the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and has released the first recordings of Edouard Dupuy and Ferdinand Buchner’s Concertos. Her chamber music activity has brought her to appear alongside pianists Bruno Canino and Boris Berman, and to a long-standing collaboration with the Kodály Quartet, with whom she has released the highly acclaimed recording of the complete Flute Quintets by Friedrich Kuhlau. Her recording of Robert Muczynski’s Sonata has been praised as “oozing with lifeblood and zest … enthralling and rousing”. In 2017 she rediscovered and recorded Wilhelm Kempff’s Quartet for flute, strings, and piano and toured Italy with its premiere performances. Ginevra devotes much of her artistic endeavors to contemporary music. At Yale University she has collaborated with George Crumb, Steve Reich, Betsy Jolas, and Kaija Saariaho, performing the American premiere of Terrestre. She commissioned Jean-Michel Damase’s last composition, 15 Rubayat d’Omar Khayyam for voice, flute, and harp, and she has appeared at the Venice Biennale Contemporary Music Festival with a commissioning project dedicated to Witold Lutosławski. In 2018 she has founded the Flauto d’Amore Project, a large-spanning commission endeavor aimed at the creation of a new music repertoire for the modern flauto d’amore. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, and a Master of Music at Yale University. Her education includes a Master’s at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in her native Rome under the guidance of her father, and a Diplome Superieur at the École Normale in Paris. She serves as Principal Flute and as Operations Manager at Chamber Orchestra of New York.

Clarinetist Kostja Kostic has performed as soloist and in chamber music recital series including the 92nd Street Y Meet the Virtuoso series, the Leschetizky Association series and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University. He has collaborated with Underworld Productions Opera and Salon Sanctuary Concerts series. His solo and chamber appearances abroad include recitals and series in Italy, Austria, Brazil and Slovenia. He graduated from Bologna Conservatory of Music and completed his post-diploma studies in Florence. His special interest is discovery of lesser known repertoire, including contemporary works, as well as exploration of unusual instrumentations featuring the entire clarinet family. He has co-curated musical programs at NYU’s Casa Italiana and other international houses, including chamber music series as well as miniature opera productions.

Violist Maren Rothfritz is a passionate artist and educator who enjoys seeking colorful musical expressions across a wide range of repertoire old and new. Equally at home on the concert stage and in the teaching studio she is a member of several chamber music ensembles (including the Argus Quartet) in addition to serving as viola faculty at Brooklyn College. From 2016-2018 she was a Fellow with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. Previously, she completed her Master’s degree with Kim Kashkashian at New England Conservatory. Her festival credits include Yellow Barn, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and Keshet Eilon. Born in Paderborn, Germany, Maren began violin studies at age of four. At sixteen, she entered into the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and joined the viola class of Diemut Poppen a year later. She subsequently attended the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where she studied with Nobuko Imai. Currently, she is working towards her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she was awarded the prestigious CUNY Graduate Center Fellowship and is mentored by Ettore Causa.

Brooklyn-based harpist Dr. Chelsea Lane graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, completed her Master of Arts in Harp Performance with grote onderscheiding (“high honors”) at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, and received her D.M.A. in Music Performance from The Graduate Center, CUNY in NYC. A versatile musician, Dr. Lane is equally at home performing on Broadway (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Paradise Square, Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes), as she is in classical symphonic settings as a guest artist for ensembles such as the Czech Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, among others. As a prizewinner in several national and international competitions, including the American Harp Society’s Young Professional Competition, the Anne Adams Awards, the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, the Lyon and Healy Awards, and the ASTA National Solo Competition, Dr. Lane is well-equipped to prepare harp students in her private studio and at the university level for musical success. Dr. Lane’s doctoral dissertation “The Feminine Harp as Feminist Tool: Early Professional Footing for Women in Mid-Twentieth-Century America” further informs her teaching as Adjunct Artist in Harp at Vassar College and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Harp, Chamber Music, and Music History at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, as well as her innovative solo and chamber concert programming.

Sara Jumper, originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado began her training at The Dance Center of Colorado Springs and later furthered her training with Antonia Matchefts. She competed in YAGP placing Top 12 in the Denver Semifinals in 2014. She then went on to join the Professional Training Division of Nashville Ballet for two years. From there she began her professional career, dancing with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company, Zikr Dance Ensemble, BRIAH Danse, Columbia Classical Ballet, Nashville Ballet 2, and The Minnesota Ballet. She also had the opportunity to perform Balanchine’s Serenade at the 2017 Vail Dance Festival, alongside Colorado Ballet. She is now a freelance artist based out of New York City, regularly performing with Ballets with a Twist, City Dance NY, and #QueertheBallet, as well as working for many project based choreographers and photographers.

Jeremy Kyle Gruner is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York.  He received his Master of Music degree from Butler University, while simultaneously enrolled in Butler’s esteemed Ballet Performance program.  He danced with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA before moving to New York as a freelance artist, performing with numerous ballet companies in the city and abroad.  As a photographer, he specializes in dance portraiture and marketing for dance companies and prestigious ballet schools, and he continues to maintain an active career as a music producer and performer.