February 8, 2023

“Classics in Color” Chamber Music Concert

Trio Brillante will perform music for flute, oboe, and piano by composers of Black and Hispanic heritage on Sunday, February 12, 3 p.m., at St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church, 1746 South Clinton Avenue in Trenton.

Katherine McClure, flute; Melissa Bohl, oboe; and Esma Pasic-Filipovic, piano, met teaching at Westminster Conservatory, where they performed as a faculty ensemble for many years. McClure and Bohl are members of the Capital Philharmonic New Jersey, which is sponsoring the event.

McClure began her career in Paris and is now an active chamber and orchestral player in the tri-state area. As principal flutist she performs with the Strauss Symphony of America, the Riverside Symphonia, and New York-based Lyons Chamber Players. In addition, she plays flute and piccolo with the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey, the American Repertory Ballet Orchestra, Bay Atlantic Symphony, and Vox Amadeus of Philadelphia, among other regional groups. McClure teaches flute at Westminster Conservatory and the Lawrenceville School and maintains a private studio in Kingston. On the lighter side, she has toured with the Irish Tenors, Patti Lupone, Lee Ann Rimes, Linda Ronstadt, and, most recently, with Marie Osmond in Atlantic City.

Bohl is the principal oboist of the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey, the Orchestra of St. Peter-by-the-Sea, the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, and the American Repertory Ballet Orchestra. She plays oboe and English horn with the Plainfield Symphony and performs regularly with many other area musical organizations, including the Garden State Symphonic Band and the Central Jersey Symphonic Orchestra. At Westminster Conservatory she teaches oboe and is head of the woodwind, brass, and percussion department. She has coordinated several faculty performance series, including the Kaleidoscope Chamber Series, Gallery Concerts, the noontime series Westminster Conservatory at Nassau, and the outreach series Music at St. Michael’s in Trenton. She also teaches oboe at the Peddie School and maintains a private studio.

Pasic-Filipovic earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, where she studied with Arbo Valdma. She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and with orchestras in the former Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, and the United States. She was staff accompanist at the University of Sarajevo, the Vienna Hochschule für Music, and Westminster Choir College. Until June 2022 she was on the faculty of Westminster Conservatory, where she taught piano and was director of the Honors Music Program. Her students have performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, performed with the Westminster Community Orchestra, and are frequent prize-winners at the regional and international level. In 2022 she was selected as a winner of the Steinway Top Teacher Award. She now maintains a private studio in Princeton.

For tickets, visit capitalphilharmonic.org.