Nanette Felix, Jacques Saint-Cyr at Mendelssohn Nov. 16

November 13, 2013

Staff Report

Harpist Nanette Felix joins flutist Jacques Saint-Cyr for “An Evening of Flute and Harp” as part of the Mendelssohn Artist Series at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., Rockford.

This performance will feature baroque, folk, classical, romantic, and contemporary duets and solos, including works by J.S. Bach, Persichetti, Naderman, Gershwin and Ravel.

Felix is a vivacious and charming performer. Her repertoire encompasses a variety of classical, popular, jazz, and rock and roll literature. Felix grew up in River Forest, Ill., and began taking harp lessons at age 10. She attended Indiana University’s School of Music and studied with Chicago Lyric Opera’s harpist Elizabeth Cifani. During this period, she played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and was coached by Edward Druzinsky.

Felix has achieved recognition not only for her performances as principal harpist for the Dubuque, Iowa, and Rockford symphony orchestras, but also for her appearances with other prominent orchestras including the Peoria Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Indianapolis Civic Symphony, The Chattanooga Opera Association, and the Quad City Symphony. Other intriguing performances have been with rock and roll legends Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, The Moody Blues, Ray Charles, Doc Seversen and recently performed the music of Styx with Dennis DeYoung Live with a Symphony Orchestra Midwest Tour.

Travelers to Galena, Ill., have enjoyed her exceptional talents at the Eagle Ridge Inn and Resort. The lilting glissandi beloved by aficianados of harp music and the awesome percussive effects she achieves delight the listening diners. Felix’s “performances cum commentary” have made her a highly sought-after teacher and harpist.

Saint-Cyr obtained a bachelor of arts in music education from University of Quebec in Montreal and a master of arts in flute performance from the University of Montreal under the direction of Lise Daoust. Two-time recipient of a grant from the French government, Saint-Cyr studied flute in Paris with Raymond Guiot and the baroque flute with Jean-Christoph Frish. During his studies in summer academies, he studied with Alain Marion, Leone Buyse, Trevor Wye and Robert Dick. He has completed his Suzuki teacher training through Book 5. Saint-Cyr has performed extensively in his home province New Brunswick as well as in Quebec, France, and the United States. Saint-Cyr moved to the Rockford community in 2003. He is on the faculty at the Music Academy, Rockford College and Rock Valley College, and is a Mendelssohn Music Network member. He has performed in and programmed many concerts for Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, among them “Latin Landscape” and “Poulenc in Paris.”

Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students up to age 25. For tickets, call (815) 964-9713, visit www.mendelssohnpac.org or purchase them at the door. All seating is first come, first serve. Proceeds will benefit the musicians and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.

From the Nov. 13-19, 2013, issue

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