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Alturas Duo with guest flutist Melanie Chirignan

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Alturas Duo with guest flutist Melanie Chirignan

Time: May 5, 2013 from 3pm to 5:30pm
Location: Loring-Greenough House,
Street: 12 South Street
City/Town: Jamaica Plain MA 01230
Website or Map: http://www.Loring-Greenough.o…
Event Type: parlor, concert, and, tea
Organized By: Loring-Greenough House Concerts
Latest Activity: Apr 25, 2013

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Event Description

The Alturas Duo (guitarist Scott Hill and violist and charango player Carlos Boltes) with guest flutist Melanie Chirignan will conclude the 13th season of Sunday concerts at the Loring Greenough House, on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., at the historic Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain MA, with a program of modern classic music with an Andean rhythm, including works by Leo Brouwer, Heroclio Fernandez, Masatora Goza, Ernesto Cavour and Roberto Marquez..

The Alturas Duo has been recognized as one of the most engaging ensembles performing in the chamber music world today. The only group of its kind, the Duo was formed with the idea of playing South American and classical music by bringing together the unusual combination of the viola, charango and guitar, and in doing so, creating passionate music that moves at ease between the Baroque, South American folk rhythms and new pieces written especially for the Duo.

The Alturas Duo and Melanie Chirignan came together with the idea of performing both classical and world music with the unusual combination of the flute, viola, charango and guitar. Individually and as a trio, the members have performed in Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Meet the artists at afternoon tea following the program.               

The Sunday Afternoon at the ‘Greenough House series recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century “musical afternoons” in the 1760 Loring-Greenough House, twice monthly, October to May. Tickets are available at the door: donation $15 ($10 seniors, students and JPTC members). Space is limited; reservations are suggested—call 617-524-3158 or email

The Alturas Duo was formed in 2001 by Canadian guitarist, Scott Hill and Chilean violist and charango player, Carlos Boltes with the idea of combining South American folk music and traditional classical and contemporary music. The Charango is a small Andean lute. The name Alturas (Spanish for heights) is derived from the poem "Alturas de Macchu Picchu" by Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). For more information, visit

Melanie Chirignan, a native of Hauppauge, NY, is a flautist known for her musicality and versatility of repertoire.  She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Performance and Music Education graduating magna cum laude from SUNY Fredonia, and her Master’s Degree in Flute Performance at the Hartt School.  She has studied with Dr. Susan Royal and Janet Arms. For more information, visit

Composer Masatora Goya has been selected as one of the recipients of the Jerome Foundation Grant; he was commissioned to write new music for the Alturas Duo which Melanie will be recording..

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