Parlour Room Sessions: Roberta Michel and Jay Sorce

Parlour Room Sessions: Roberta Michel and Jay Sorce


Sat, Nov 9 – 6:30pm

Flutist Roberta Michel and guitarist Jay Sorce present works that are inspired by the written word, from Sappho to Beckett. In works by Arthur Kampela, Karola Obermüller and Michael Fiday, they explore the connections between the music and its literary influences.

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Roberta Michel

Brooklyn-based flutist Roberta Michel is dedicated to the music of our time. Praising her “extreme adventurousness,” New York Concert Review said she “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.” Michel is the Co-artistic Director of Wavefield.

A founding member of Duo RoMi and Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Michel has also performed with: Ecce Ensemble, Portland String Quartet, Newspeak, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento, Iktus, Wordless Music Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble LPR, and Cygnus Ensemble among others. Recent venues include: Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, Roulette, Issue Project Room, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She can be heard on New Dynamic, Innova, Tzadik, and Meta Records. Michel has commissioned and premiered hundreds of new works and has worked with many notable composers of our day.

Michel holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, SUNY-Purchase College, and the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is a winner of the NFA Graduate Research Competition for her dissertation on the flute music of Salvatore Sciarrino, resulting in a presentation at the 2013 National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara O’Connor, and Alexa Still. She currently teaches at St. Francis College, Sarah Lawrence College, and at her private studio in Brooklyn.

Jay Sorce

A classical guitarist noted for his unique blend of refinement, intensity, and virtuosic technique, Jay Sorce has performed throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico and Germany as soloist and chamber musician. Highlight appearances include performances at the Long Island Guitar Festival, Iserlohn Guitar Festival, Tuckamore Festival, UNPLAY festival, East Bank concert series, and at New York’s Staller Center for the Performing Arts where his solo recital was hailed as “simply brilliant” (Jerry Willard).

Jay is a founding member Hypercube, an ensemble of guitar, piano, percussion and saxophone, and of Sorce/Lodge Duo, a piano and guitar duo. Jay is the faculty guitarist with nief-norf, the contemporary music organization and summer festival. A strong advocate for new music, Jay is committed to expanding the role of guitar as a chamber instrument. He champions the music of living composers and has premiered and commissioned new works by Eric Wubbles, Nicholas Deyoe, Christopher Adler, Christopher Cerrone, David Lang, and Juan Trigos among others.

Recent performances include solo and ensemble appearances around the US, notably an ensemble residency at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, concerts in Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh at the Andy Warhol Museum, a tour of Atlantic Canada, the Equilibrium Festival, and a concerto performance of Luca Francesconi’s A Fuoco with Ensemble/Parallax.

Past concerto appearances include the Mexican premiere of Malcolm Arnold’s Guitar Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Guanajuato and a performance of Juan Trigos’ Guitar Concerto No. 1; Ricercare VI with the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.

Jay is a recipient of the Toccata Award from the Aaron Brock Foundation, the Manhattan School of Music Excellence Award, as well as scholarships from the University of Arizona, and Stony Brook University. Jay is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, University of Arizona, and Stony Brook University, where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is a faculty member at Adelphi University.

Parlour Room Sessions

Parlour room (n), from French parler (to talk or speak) – a room for conversation, debate, or receiving an audience

Classical music has traditionally been an intimate experience, a gathering of friends as a way to pass an evening filled with laughter, entertaining stories and captivating sounds. We welcome you into our parlour room at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music to learn about new and classic works and indulge in the intimacy of great music making. Bring your curiosity!

All concerts include a complimentary reception.

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