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Harold Jones, Flutist
Let Us Break Bread Together


Harold Jones was born in Chicago and began his musical education as a violin student at the age of ten, but when he heard another student play the piccolo, he decided that the flute was the instrument he wanted to play. He studied flute with David Underwood while attending DuSable High School, and later won a scholarship to Sherwood Music School in Chicago. He then became a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra under conductor George Schick.

Mr. Jones went to New York in 1955 and was awarded a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music, where he received the "Outstanding Woodwind Player" award prior to graduation. He continued his studies with the renowned Marcel Moyse and in 1966 made his New York recital debut at Town Hall, later appearing at Carnegie Hall, CAMI Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and at Jordan Hall in Boston.

He has been a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Bach Aria orchestra, New York Sinfonietta, American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonia, National Orchestral Association, Municipal Concerts orchestra and Symphony of the New World. He has appeared frequently with Today's Artists in New York, San Francisco and at the Yachats Music Festival in Oregon, and performs in recitals across the country as well. As a recitalist and teacher he participated in the 1988 and 1989 Manhattan School of Music International Summer Youth Festival in Taiwan. Mr. Jones was honored at a performance in Jackson, Tennessee, where he was presented with the Key to the City by the Mayor.

Harold Jones is on the faculties of the Westchester Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Manhattanville College, and is past president of the New York Flute Club. In addition to his busy solo performance schedule, he has collaborated with the prize winning Audubon Quartet, Fresk Quartet, internationally renowned pianist Leon Bates and guitarist Peter Segal. He recorded the Vivaldi flute concerti for the Library of Recorded Masterpieces and
has five solo albums to his credit including this CD, Let Us Break Bread Together, also on Leonarda, and From Bach to Bazzini, Afternoon Fantasies and Just As I Am on Antara Records.

In 1994 Mr. Jones founded the Antara Ensemble for flute, 12 strings and piano to bring a wide range of classical music to the culturally diverse neighborhoods of New York at affordable prices. The repertoire spans many centuries and includes work by American, Afro-American, European and Third World composers, as well as spirituals in classical arrangements.

Pianist Colette Valentine has performed extensively throughout the United States, Asia and Europe in settings that include Merkin Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City; the Corcoran and National Galleries and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Suntory Hall and Casals Hall in Tokyo; Hoam Hall in Seoul and the Louvre in Paris. She has recently appeared as concerto soloist with the New Jersey City University Symphony Orchestra and the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, and is featured as guest artist at the Grand Teton Music Festival each summer. Ms. Valentine performs with singers and instrumentalists of every variety, and has collaborated on recordings for the Albany, Antara, CRI, fontec, Well-tempered and Leonarda labels. Her ensemble, Ecco Trio, has repeatedly toured the United States and Japan to critical acclaim. She serves as assisting pianist for numerous national and international competitions and events, and is on the faculties of New Jersey City University, Long Island University/CWPost and the Interlochen Summer Chamber Music Conference.

 


 


 

 

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