Allégresse Annie Gnojek, flute - Margaret Marco, oboe - Ellen Bottorff, piano
Recent recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpeices: Chamber Music Grant, Allégresse combines the virtuosic talents of three nationally recognized musicians with careers that have taken them throughout North America, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia both as soloists and chamber musicians. Allégresse, the French word for joy, aptly depicts the graceful artistry of this inspiring trio. Friends and collaborators for nearly a decade, Annie, Margaret, and Ellen formed this exciting ensemble to explore the rich and varied repertoire for flute, oboe, and piano. They perform frequently on Kansas Public Radio and in 2009 they were awarded the University of Kansas General Research Fund to commission a work by Gabriela Lena Frank.
The trio premiered Frank's work, Canto y Danza, along with Halo by Bryan Kip Haahiem at the 2009 International Double Reed Society Conference in Birmingham, England. Other appearances include the Music Educators National Conference in Washington, D.C., the International Double Reed Society Conference in Ithaca, NY, the Oklahoma City Community College Cultural Arts Series, the Topeka Great Spaces Recital Series, the Ruel Joyce Series at Johnson County Community College (KS), and the University of Kansas Edwards Campus Recital Series. They have recently been invited to perform at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, CA in November 2011. Dedicated to expanding the repertoire for the flute, oboe and piano trio, Allegresse commissioned six new pieces in 2009. Their new recording, Fresh Ink features three of these new works.