Vesper Concert Series presents Trio Fortutio: The Human Factor


November 16th, 2018

The Vesper concert series welcomes an unlikely ensemble to the stage of the Presbyterian Church of the Cross this weekend, Trio Fortutio. Representing the US and Brazil, the group comprises American UNO Professor and Flutist, Christine Beard, and Brazilians, Pianist, Catarina Domenici and Cellist, Rodrigo Alquati.


The musicians all met serendipitously through various events and performances around Latin America, and they’re now collaborating for a concert on Sunday, “The Human Factor,” featuring contemporary music emphasizing social and environmental concerns.

While the trio has a strong Latin American background, their modern repertoire creates a dialogue between many traditions, highlighting the concert’s theme.

Sunday’s modern set list experiments not just with mixed traditions, but extended technique—meaning musicians are using their instruments in ways outside of the lesson book. Beard will be might be singing at the same time she plays the flute, and Domenici will be focusing on the inside of the piano as much as the outside. Alquati’s cello has some surprising uses, too.

For the modern composer, sheet music isn’t always just about dictating technique and tone. There’s nothing stopping a someone from writing any number of directions, including costume, as in one piece, “Voice of the Whale”.

Trio Fortutio’s “The Human Factor,” part of the Vesper Concert Series, is this Sunday, November 18th at 3:00pm at the Presbyterian Church of the Cross. For more information or tickets, visit

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