Novelette 13, consisting of flutist Melanie Chirignan and pianist Mark Evans, will be performing classical works including the Poulenc Sonata, Prokofiev Sonata and the Digital Bird Suite by Takashi Yoshimatsu.
Mark Evans is assistant professor of piano at the Schenectady County Community College School of Music, and he is the director of the SCCC Chamber Music Series. In 2006, he received the SCCC Outstanding Service Award. He has given solo and chamber music performances at the Hyde Collection, the Tang Museum at Skidmore, the Arkell Museum, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Siena College, among other venues. He has participated in additional performances on the Donnell Library concert series in New York City as well as in concert with the Musicians of Ma’alwyck and as concerto soloist with the University Symphony Orchestra at the University at Albany. He performs regularly on the SCCC Chamber Music Series with fellow faculty as well as guest artists. His CD, Lucille Beer Sings, contains a selection of art songs on piano.
Melanie Chirignan, a native of Hauppauge, NY, is a flautist known for her musicality and versatility of repertoire. She earned her bachelor’s in Music Performance and Music Education, graduating magna cum laude, from SUNY Fredonia and her master’s degree in Flute Performance at the Hartt School. Melanie’s eclectic tastes have led her to collaborate with many different performers and ensembles, including the New York Chamber Player's Orchestra, the Chelsea Symphony, the Gateway Classical Music Society, the S.E.M. Ensemble, Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra, jazz bass legend Nat Reeves, traditional Irish harpist Hailey Hewitt, guitarists Scott Hill and Oren Fader, and the Alturas Duo. She has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Opera America, the DiMenna Center and the Smithsonian, among other venues. Melanie has also worked closely with many composers and has premiered new works by Nolan Stolz (Princess Ka'iulani, released on SCI/ Parma Recordings) and Masatora Goya ("Dream of Sailing," available on ITunes). She is currently freelancing and teaching in New York.