Riversongs: An Evening of Music
June 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Riverstone Books presents “Riversongs: An Evening of Music” on June 29th at 7:30pm. The evening will feature the musical talents of bookseller Natalie Severson, her harp Sir William, and flutist Zoe Sorrell. Light refreshments will be provided as well as a wine tasting by Deer Creek Winery.
About our Performers:
Natalie Severson is a Pittsburgh-based harpist recognized for her musical gumption and technical finesse as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. She is the recent second prizewinner in the American Harp Society’s National Competition in the Young Professional Division, and was awarded Major Artist status with the Pittsburgh Concert Society in Spring 2017.
She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, working with such esteemed conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Manfred Honeck, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and Péter Eötvös.
Natalie earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in harp performance at Carnegie Mellon University, studying with PSO principal harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen. In 2014, she performed Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic as the winner of the School of Music’s Concerto Competition. As an undergraduate, she majored in both harp performance and French & francophone studies, traveling to Courchevel, France on a
scholarship from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global
A passionate advocate for new music, Natalie is a founding member of NAT 28, a Pittsburgh music collaborative. She has performed and premiered works by various contemporary composers around the world. In February 2016, she premiered Jean-Patrick Besingrand’s harp concerto,Sur les ailes du temps, with the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble.
A Minneapolis native, Natalie lives in Pittsburgh with her harp, Sir William. She enjoys teaching harp to students of all ages, running, hot yoga, and reading and talking about books.
Zoe Sorrell is a creative and accomplished flutist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the artistic director of the Pittsburgh-based contemporary music ensemble, NAT 28, as well as director of marketing and communications for the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, roles that have allowed her to shape the new music scene throughout the city of Pittsburgh. She often performs with local ensembles such as Chatham Baroque, the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (ELCO), the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and the Erie Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, Sorrell declared her arrival on the scene by winning both the Keynotes Scholarship Competition and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artist Competition in her first year. She was a featured performer in the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music 2016 and can be found programmed on house concerts, salons, and pop-up performances throughout the year. Sorrell is trained in language and dance and frequently combines these disciplines with her musical performances. Her multidisciplinary commissioning series, The Syrinx Project, has been described as “a modern classic [that] brings audiences to the art in a way that is fresh and relevant” (Melissa Snoza, Fifth House Ensemble). Sorrell also plays Baroque and Renaissance flutes, and her historical ensembles have performed around the United States at such events as the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project and the Boston Early Music Festival. As an educator, Sorrell maintains an active studio of flute and piano students. In 2013, she served on the faculty of the nationally-acclaimed Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska. She is currently the flute professor at Westminster College and teaches piano at the Winchester-Thurston School.
Sorrell holds Bachelor’s degrees in flute performance and English literature from Oberlin College and Conservatory and a Master’s degree in flute performance from Carnegie Mellon University.