George Pope

George Pope, flute
Eric Charnofsky, piano

Saturday, March 24 @ 2 p.m., Recital Hall

George Pope is Principal Flute of the Blossom Festival Orchestra. His solo and chamber music performances throughout the United States, Europe and South America have been hailed as “clean, arrestingly vigorous and beautiful,” and are acclaimed for their “eloquent narrative voice” and “magnificent force.” Juilliard-trained Eric Charnofsky has performed as a collaborative pianist throughout North America. He was recently named “Composer of the Year” for 2012 by the Ohio Music Teachers Association.

George Pope is the Professor of Flute at The University of Akron and Instructor of Flute at The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. Principal Flute of the Akron Symphony from 1978-2002, Mr. Pope has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Band, red (an orchestra), the Tulsa Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony, the Canton Symphony, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Toledo Symphony, the Monteux Festival Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and at the Spoleto Festival. A founding member of the Solaris Wind Quintet ( ) and the Chamber Music Society of Ohio, he has also appeared with the Coryton Trio, Furious Band, the Garth Newel Chamber Players and the Swannanoa Chamber Players in Asheville, NC. Pope’s performances have been hailed as “clean, arrestingly vigorous and beautiful,” (Fanfare Magazine), and acclaimed for their “eloquent narrative voice” and “magnificent force” (Akron Beacon Journal). A graduate of the University of Tulsa and Northwestern University, he has recorded for Opus One Records, Capstone Records, with the Akron Symphony on Telarc International and with the Blossom Festival Band. In March of 2011, Pope presented in performances and classes at the Hamilton NZ Flute Festival and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Eric Charnofsky is active as a collaborative pianist, composer, classroom music teacher and lecturer. Originally from Los Angeles, he currently teaches 20th Century Music History and Keyboard Repertory at Case Western Reserve University and Symphonic Literature at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Charnofsky has performed as a collaborative pianist throughout North America, including concerts in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Quebec City. He has concertized with members of major American orchestras and has performed as an orchestral pianist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, among others. A graduate of The Juilliard School where he majored in piano accompanying, Charnofsky also holds degrees in solo piano performance and composition from California State University-Northridge, where he received the Outstanding Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Award. He has worked as a classical radio announcer, pre-concert lecturer, Associate Faculty member at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, a rehearsal pianist for Lyric Opera Cleveland and a convention accompanist for the National Flute Association; he appears on recordings with trombonist JoDee Davis on the Albany label. His compositions have been performed in several major U.S. cities.

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