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KATHLEEN MCDONALD, FLUTIST

Kathy is founder/director of BaroQue Across the River, a chamber music series dedicated to performances on original instruments in historical settings in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of SUNY, Stony Brook where she was a student of Samuel Baron, she has been heard as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. She has studied baroque flute with Sandra Miller, and chamber music at Mannes College of music with Martha McGaughey. She has participated in several early music festivals including the Academy for Early Music, under the direction of Bach scholar Joshua Rifkin in Brixen, Italy; the St. Olav Festival in Trondheim, Norway and in a J.S. Bach festival/master classes with Barthold Kuijken in Sopron, Hungary. While Artist-in-Residence at CUNY LaGuardia College, she conducted workshops and performance seminars dedicated to American Music. She performed at the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater in NYC, under music director Ellen Mandel, for the premier of Darius Milhaud's music written for the Brecht play "Mother Courage and her Children". and was also part of a live broadcast from the United Nations on WDR, German public television. With husband and guitarist, Pasquale Bianculli, she has performed at DeDoulen Hall in Holland, and the International Trade Center in Willemstad, Curacao. The McDonald-Bianculli Duo has performed in France, Italy and at the "theaterforum Kruetzberg" in Berlin, Germany performing the music of Carlo Domeniconi. They released a new CD of music for flute & guitar in September 2008. It is called "Hill of Slane -Psalms, Sonatas & Sojourns". The CD is available for purchase on CD BABY. With her husband, Pat and guitarist, Harris Becker, she co-directs the summer festival, Songe d'été en musique in Quebec, Canada, now in its 4th season.
THE MCDONALD-BIANCULLI FLUTE & GUITAR DUO: Hill of Slane: Psalms, Sonatas & Sojourns