As a Duo, we have been playing flute and guitar and also recorder and lute for more than 15 years, specializing in gracious, romantic, and elegant music from the Classical, Baroque, and Renaissance eras. We have developed a unique repertoire for our duo by arranging all the music we perform on these instruments.
Although we enjoy separate careers as concert artists, it is our joint love of the same musical genres and the pleasure we receive from sharing and offering this music that inspires us to play and perform together at events, ceremonies, and other celebratory functions.
Music for social gatherings requires a different approach from concerts. Our music creates a harmonious mood appropriate for the occasion, so that guests may listen at their pleasure. The specific Classical, Baroque, and Renaissance music we play was composed precisely for this purpose. We have carefully selected pieces that enhance the atmosphere, enliven the spirit, and stir the emotions that are present at these events. Our music celebrates life and elevates the feelings that accompany auspicious, memorable, and joyful gatherings.
Nellie Wren Fink is known as a flautist for her expressive and exquisitely compelling playing, and her uniquely beautiful tone. She is one of the premier flautists and master flute teachers of her generation. Steeped in all aspects of the arts since infancy, she excelled at an early age in the mastery of the flute, recorder, and voice. Her performances have taken her throughout the United States and Europe. A true renaissance woman, she is exceptionally gifted in many diverse artistic fields. She is also acknowledged as being one of the finest realist artists in North America, and is also a professional illustrator, photographer, graphic designer, inventor, author, and classically trained dancer/choreographer. Nellie has taught music and art in the Berkshires for thirty years. She is currently working on numerous recording projects with her husband, Edward Flower.
Edward Flower is renowned for his inspired, emotionally riveting, and lyrical guitar and lute playing. As a young man, he mastered the guitar in Spain under the tutelage of Maestro Jose Tomas, one of Andres Segovia's most outstanding pupils. His concert appearances range from New York's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, to London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, and The Sidney Opera House. He has performed with, and composed for, such organizations as the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Edward has taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Ithaca College, Bennington College, University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, and Boston University. He has more than 20 recordings to his credit and currently records with his wife, Nellie W. Fink.
In addition to Sheffield, The Wren Flute & Guitar Duo will also travel to Taconic, Salisbury, Ashley Falls, South Egremont, Southfield, Canaan, Copake Falls, East Canaan, Great Barrington, Mill River, Copake, Falls Village, Lakeville, North Egremont, Millerton, West Copake, Hillsdale, Norfolk, Ancramdale, Housatonic, Monterey, Sandisfield, Ancram, Glendale, Sharon, West Cornwall, Craryville, Pine Plains, South Lee, Stockbridge
and many other locations in and around the Sheffield area.
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