Enjoy afternoon music with Duo Ami at the Pavilion West Deck on Saturday, July 23.
Since 1989, Duo Ami has enchanted audiences in the Midwest and South with their virtuosity and the diverse colors of their music. Described as “thoroughly entertaining,” “evocative. . . and brilliant,” Duo Ami performs a wide range of folk music, classical masterworks, and exciting new works for flute and guitar. For many years, the two Amy’s were colleagues at the University of Toledo, performing together as Ohio Arts Council Touring Artists. When Amy Brucksch relocated to North Carolina, performing as a duo became more challenging, and of course, performing has been especially challenging in the last two years. The duo is excited to be playing together again this summer. They will present a benefit concert for the music scholarship fund of Toledo’s Monday Musicale at The University of Toledo Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, July 24. You can hear an informal preview of their program at Lakeside on July 23, from 2-4 on the Pavilion – West Deck.
Classical guitarist Amy Brucksch celebrates the guitar’s rich heritage, exploring musical connections with musicians as diverse as Celtic fiddlers, Baroque harpsichordists, African percussionists, and western NC’s first-ever melodica band, OneRoadOver. She has a highly regarded CD, Luminescence, with flutist Kate Steinbeck and performed for many years with Pan Harmonia, a chamber music collective based in Asheville. Her other musical collaborations include Trio Tapestry, a violin, cello, and guitar trio, and The Treblemakers, a genre-bending trio exploring new sounds with classical guitar, effects processor, synthesizers, and melodicas. Passionate about sharing her love for the instrument, she currently teaches over 100 middle and high school students at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and has a private studio at Wild Roots Fine Arts Center in Forest City. Her music degrees are from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University. Amy lives in Tryon, NC, and plays a guitar custom-made for her by California luthier, Gregory Byers.
Flutist Amy Heritage is a member of the Toledo Symphony and teaches in the Toledo Symphony School of Music. She is a familiar face to Lakeside audiences as she has performed as principal flute of the Lakeside Symphony since 2001. Amy enjoys teaching flutists of all levels, but especially enjoys sharing her love of music with young flutists. Many Lakeside flutists have participated in Amy’s flute ensemble classes and “Meet the Flute” classes at the Rhein Center. Amy holds degrees from Shenandoah University and Indiana University and is a registered teacher of the Suzuki flute method.