Barbara Hopkins, Flutist



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Rosewood Chamber Ensemble

Rosewood Chamber Ensemble: Barbara Hopkins, early American flutes; Judy Handler, guitar

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"The pieces were played with great style and joy, resulting in a captivating performance." ~Greater Boston Flute Association Gazette Link to

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The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble is eligible for New England States Touring funds. Click on the link.

Upcoming Concerts

March 16-private event

Litchfield Historical Society
7 South St.
Litchfield, CT
Sunday, April 27 at 3 PM
"John Quincy Adams" program

Adams National Historical Park
Quincy, MA
John Quincy Adams' Annual Birthday Celebration
Friday, July 11--time TBA
free admission

Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Ave., Hartford CT
with guest artist
Jaqueline Nappi, harpsichord
Sunday, July 20 at 4 PM



Concert program descriptions                             Educational Concert Programs

The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble is in its fifth season of entertaining audiences with their programs based on the music and people of the early United States. The Greater Boston Flute Association wrote about their Boston concert, "The pieces were played with great style and joy, resulting in a captivating performance." An appealing element of every concert is the background stories they tell about the periods, historical figures, music, and instruments they use. Barbara plays these concerts on historical flutes, including wooden Asa Hopkins flutes, made in Litchfield, CT circa 1830. Judy enjoys performing on her nineteenth century Martin “Parlor” guitar that is the same model that was owned and played by Mark Twain.

Barbara and Judy have taken their unique blend of musicality, humor, and scholarship to many notable venues including the Adams National Historical Park, Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, Litchfield Historical Society, and the National Flute Association Convention. The high quality of their programs has earned them membership on the Connecticut Office of the Arts Performing Artists Roster and three grants from the Evelyn Preston Memorial Trust Fund. They have recently been awarded a grant from the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts Dean’s Research and Creative Activity Fund to make their first CD. Their repertoire ranges from familiar Stephen Foster songs and lively dances of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the classical music beloved by John Quincy Adams.

Award winning flutist Barbara Hopkins is a cousin of the early American woodwind maker Asa Hopkins, who lived and worked in Litchfield, Connecticut. A member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the flute teacher at the University of Connecticut, she moved to Hartford to play in the Symphony, having no idea that Asa Hopkins existed, or that her ancestors were from Hartford. She has "come home" in a way she never dreamed of. She has released three CDs including Telemann Methodical Sonatas, Vol. 1, Short Concert Pieces for Flute and Piano, and Andersen Etudes, opus 15. Flute Talk recommends her Andersen CD, writing “Hopkins plays these virtuoso etudes with taste and a technical ease that many students work for years to never achieve.” The Flute Network praised her Telemann recording as, "full, rich, and highly musical," and the best selling Short Concert Pieces disc is in its third printing. She has her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, and is using the research skills she developed in her doctoral studies to find scores of nineteenth century American music. Barbara has been a top prize winner in the National Flute Association Competition and the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood Music Center, where she had the honor of playing principal flute under Leonard Bernstein. She earned her Master of Music from The Mannes College of Music, and her Bachelor of Music at The Hartt School.

Judy Handler has presented concerts and workshops at numerous venues throughout the United States including the University of Arizona, Commons Theater in Chicago, the Boston Classical Guitar Society and the Guitar Salon in New York. As co-founder of the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, Judy helped develop one of the largest groups of its kind in the United States. She performs nationally with her husband, guitarist/mandolinist Mark Levesque. They have received critical acclaim for their CDs, Passion, Two Guitars Live! and Acoustic Blend and are also featured on five CDs produced by the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society. Judy studied under internationally renowned performer and teacher Oscar Ghiglia at The Hartt School, where she received her Master of Music degree, and at the Aspen Music Festival. Judy’s Bachelor of Music degree is from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. She has also studied abroad, earning a Certificate from the Vila-Seca Salou Conservatory in Spain and a Diploma of Merit from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy.  Judy teaches and runs performance classes in Vernon, CT.


Programs available in 2014 include:

The Romantic Generations: Flute and Guitar Music from Europe and America

This concert contrasts music from both sides of the Atlantic: Diabelli's "Beethoven Potpourri" and Paganini versus dance music from the gold mining towns of the American West and our country's first "classical" composers. Barbara plays her Asa Hopkins flutes, a European "Romantic" flute, and some modern flute. Judy plays her 19th century parlor guitar and modern guitar. Come hear how different the music scene was on both sides of the pond!

Here are some sound clips from this program:
To a Wild Rose (modern flute and guitar)
Schubert Originaltanze no. 15 (9-keyed Romantic Flute)
Paganini Andantino (9 keyed Romantic Flute)
Beemer Quadrille excerpt (Asa Hopkins Flute (1830) and 19th century guitar)
Joplin Bethena Waltz excerpt (modern flute and guitar)

The Musical World of John Quincy Adams

The concert embarks on a musical journey through the life and times of our sixth President, noted diplomat, theater and opera devotee, and flute player John Quincy Adams. Come hear music from his travels in Paris, London, Berlin, and the United States, including dances and popular music from his personal favorite operas.  A unique treat is a performance of Adams’ personal flute music from his student days at Harvard University. The concert is performed on period flutes and guitar, including Barbara Hopkins’ original Asa Hopkins flutes, made in Litchfield, CT circa 1830 and Judy's 19th century parlor guitar. Videos of this program are posted on the Videos page.

Songs and Dances of Early America

This program tells the stories of American music from the early 19th until the Civil War.  The music performed includes songs, dance music, and marches popular in this era. Some pieces will be familiar to listeners; other works have been located in museums and historical societies around New England. Barbara performs on flutes made circa 1830 by Asa Hopkins whose factory was located in Litchfield, CT. Asa was a former clock maker and a direct descendent of John Hopkins, who was one of the original settlers of Hartford. Barbara found these flutes and had restored them to professional playing condition between 2005 and 2009. Judy performs on a Martin parlor guitar made in Nazareth, PA in the 1800s.

NEW! Melodies of Mark Twain

Mark Twain was passionate about music. We follow his life and musical interests from his early days in the South to his final days in Connecticut. He was drawn to spirituals that he heard as a boy, loved Scottish and Irish songs, enjoyed popular music of his day and later came to appreciate some of the classical composers of the Romantic era. A special feature of our concert is our performance on historical instruments. Judy will be playing a Martin parlor guitar that is the same make and model that Mark Twain owned and played. Barbara will be playing period flutes, including her wooden Asa Hopkins flute made in Litchfield, CT in the 1830s.

NEW! Children's Concert

We have adapted our John Quincy Adams program into a 45 minute children's program. Appropriate for grades 3 and up, it includes an overview of JQA's life, most of the music from the adult program, and a comparison of the modern flute with historical flutes.



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