Salon Series: Natasha Loomis, flute and Ryan Bridge, piano
October 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm$6 – $12
Resuming in-person programming for the 2021-22 season, cabaret-style seating on stage with the performers in the Wharton Black Box Theater serves as the setting for an intimate concert featuring flutist Natasha Loomis and pianist Ryan Bridge. Works to be performed include William Grant Still’s Summerland and Mother and Child, Dora Pejačević’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, selections from Nikolai Medtner’s Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38, Ian Clarke’s Touching the Ether, and Henri Dutilleux’s Sonatine for Flute and Piano. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS. Tickets also available at the door. $12/Adults, $6/Students & Seniors. FREE for WIPA Students. Mask wearing and proof of Full Vaccination Card required at the door.
ABOUT NATASHA LOOMIS
Flutist Natasha Loomis is an engaging and versatile performer, a dedicated music educator, and a passionate proponent for new music. Loomis is committed to seeking out overlooked gems of the repertoire as well as commissioning new works, presenting programs that are both creative and captivating for audiences. She has performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral artist throughout the United States, as well as in France, Austria, and Peru, and has performed at a diverse range of New York City area venues, including Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the DiMenna Center, Radio City Music Hall, (le) poisson rouge, Bryant Park Stage, Shapeshifter Lab, the Firehouse Space, and Silvana Harlem. Past engagements include the XXXII Festival Internacional de Flautistas in Lima, Peru, where she was a guest artist and clinician, as well as performances with the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra, The Orchestra Now (TŌN), and the Asian Cultural Symphony, among others. Additionally, she has given performances at the National Flute Association Convention, Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, the New York Flute Club Fair, and the NJ Flute Fair. Loomis has run a thriving private studio in NJ and NYC since 2009 where her students have successfully auditioned for region bands, pre-college programs such as Juilliard and Mannes, and top college music programs. As an educator, she strives to foster a love of the arts in her students while also giving them a solid foundation in both technique and self-expression. She previously served as Associate Director at New Jersey Woodwind Studio and as faculty at both Montclair State University and Rutgers University’s Extension Divisions. In addition to her work at NJYS, Loomis is the Assistant Director of Con Vivo Music in Jersey City, Adjunct Music Faculty at Kent Place in Summit, and is a founding member of PROTESTRA, an activist orchestra seeking to use classical music to raise both funds and awareness for current societal issues. Natasha received a Bachelor of Music with Honors from Franklin & Marshall College and a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Montclair State University, where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Laura Dolp.
ABOUT RYAN BRIDGE
Pianist Ryan Bridge is a multifaceted artist whose work traverses a variety of musical genres. As a solo pianist, Bridge has performed in venues such as the Curtis Institute’s Field Hall, Manhattan School of Music’s Greenfield Hall, the Steinway Gallery of New Jersey, and Steinway Hall of New York City, and has participated in music festivals including the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, Miami Music Festival, and the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy. A believer in musical activism, Bridge organized a concert in May 2020 to raise funds for the Artist Relief Fund which provided grants for those working in creative fields who were put in dire financial situations by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a composer and improviser, Bridge’s music has been heard at the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington D.C., the SoundSCAPE festival in Maccagno, Italy, and has been performed by the Montclair State University Wind Symphony. As a collaborator, Bridge has performed in numerous recitals and has collaborated with a number of opera companies and opera programs inproductions of Hansel und Gretel, Carmen, and Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition to his private teaching studio, Bridge is an instructor of piano at the Wharton Institute for Performing Arts and Virtu Academy.