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Luca Duo, Guitar and Voice

Sun, Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Meng-Chieh (Mavis) Hsieh, Vocal
Jaclyn Jones, Guitar

Works by Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Rodrigo, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Leo Brouwer, and others

LUCA is known as the Last Universal Common Ancestor. All life derived from this single cell organism who had the ability to translate information between DNA and proteins. This form of communication led to more advanced life forms, and since then mankind has used many mechanisms to communicate including language and music.

Vocalist Meng-Chieh (Mavis) Hsieh and guitarist Jaclyn Jones use both in the Luca Duo. They formed the duo at the Hartt School and came together to continue in the tradition of creating music to share with future generations and communicate on a transcendent level.

Mavis Hsieh received her Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from Ball State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from the National Taiwan Normal University. She is the winner of several vocal competitions and has performed in Taiwan, United States, and Italy. Most recently, in October 2014, she was awarded 3rd prize and “Best Interpretation of F. P. Tosti” in Mondial National Vocal Competition, Taiwan. She has been heard as Rosalinde in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and the first witch in Dido and Aneas. Ms. Hsieh was a featured artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in 2013. She has been a featured soloist in various operas and concerts, including Muncie Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, Los Angeles Taiwan Center, Crescendo Vocal Ensemble in Massachusetts, and Hartford Opera Theater in Connecticut. Ms. Hsieh is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree of voice performance at the Hartt School of Music at University of Hartford.

Jaclyn Jones earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Hartt School and has been performing solo and chamber concerts for over ten years. She played for the NJ Guitar & Mandolin Society, Connecticut Guitar Society, and on a La Bella Strings sponsored concert series and was a guest artist on WPAA-TV’s Music with Purpose show. Ms. Jones has played at notable venues such as the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, the Eric Carle Museum, and the Augusta Curtis Cultural Arts Center. She currently teaches at the Ethel Walker School, the Community School of the Arts, Martocchio Music and privately in Northern Connecticut. In addition, she founded the Simsbury Historical Society concert series and was the Music Director for two years.

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About the PCA

Parish Center for the ArtsThe PCA is a warm, intimate performance venue that seats up to 125 people in a historic former church building at Westford Common. Each season we present New England’s best Folk, Jazz, Classical, Rock, and Comedy shows. As a non-profit community arts center, we also feature rotating art exhibits, barn dances, open mics, and theater performances.

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