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Hilbert Museum Concert

Cynthia Ellis

Cynthia Ellis, flute
Cristina Montes Mateo, harp

Gary Schocker: Beyond the Fog
Jean-Michel Damase: Variations on Early One Morning
Carl Nielsen: The Fog is Lifting, op. 41           
Jean Cras: Suite en Duo                           

Meghan Kemp-Gee: “San Dimas Train Station, 1933” after Millard Sheets

Hilbert Museum
Chapman University
167 N. Atchison Street Orange, CA 92866

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Enjoy a FREE chamber music concert in Chapman University’s beautiful Hilbert Museum by a duo of musicians from Pacific Symphony. What better way to enjoy great music than in a venue surrounded by fine art by many of California's most noted artists? 

The musicians have curated a program inspired by individual paintings in the Museum's collection, and the program will include a lively mixture of music and conversation.  We are also delighted that Chapman student  Meghan Kemp-Gee will contribute an original poem. Light refreshments will be offered.

This concert is part of the INTERPLAY Festival of arts and ideas, presented by Chapman University and Pacific Symphony, in association with Chapman University's College of Performing Arts and the Hilbert Museum of California Art.

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, which opened in 2016, was founded thanks to the generosity of founders Mark and Janet Hilbert. The Hilbert Collection – which includes oils, watercolors, sketches and lithographs of urban and industrial scenes, coastal views, farms, ranches and landscapes of everyday life – is a significant repository of images of the 20th century by California artists, celebrating the unique artistic and cultural development of the Golden State.

Cynthia Ellis

Guest Artist

Cynthia Ellis

Cynthia Ellis is the solo piccolo player for Pacific Symphony and also served as Principal Flute for the Opera Pacific Orchestra from 1995 until the company closed in 2009. 

She has served as a member of the Pedagogy Committee for the National Flute Association and also as Program Chair for the NFA's annual convention in Anaheim, CA in 2010. She has taught on the music faculty at the Claremont Graduate School, Pomona College, Biola College, and CSU Fullerton. She currently teaches applied music at Saddleback College, Hope International University and Vanguard University and also serves as music director for Laguna Flutes, a 25+ member flute ensemble. Piccolo is a specialty for Cindy: has been published in Flute Talk Magazine since 2003 as author of the “Let’s Talk Picc” column, and served as an artist in residence at the International Piccolo Symposium in July, 2013, held at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She also served as an instructor for the Long Beach Summer Flute Institute in June, 2015.

Cynthia has recorded for television, motion picture and cartoon soundtracks as well as commercially released chamber music recordings. Beyond Beethoven, with the award winning Les Amis Musicalles trio, was released on the Centaur label, and Jeremy Beck’s Flute Sonata is recorded on the CD Never Final, Never Gone, on the Nova label. This sonata is also dedicated to her. Arioso, her flute and harp duo, is proud to announce the release of Petite Delights, also on the Centaur Label, in May, 2016.

Cynthia shares her home with Pacific Symphony trumpet player Tony Ellis and their three Labrador retrievers. Cindy enjoys fitness and is an active yoga enthusiast. She volunteers for Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue and also enjoys cooking and reading in her leisure moments.