Beau Soir Ensemble
The Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola, and harp trio in the Washington, DC area dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of musical genres. The group was founded by harpist Michelle Lundy in 2007. The Trio regularly performs at venues and acclaimed concert series in the DC and Baltimore area including the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Sundays at Three in Columbia, Harman Center for the Arts, Arts Club of Washington, The Lyceum, Church of the Epiphany, Dumbarton House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Old Town Hall (Fairfax, VA), and The Anderson House. The Trio also won the 2014 Montpelier Arts Recital Competition.
As part of its commitment to exposing audiences to contemporary music and new artists, Beau Soir frequently offers performances featuring world and local premiers by various composers. In 2014, the Trio was proud to present the local premiere of David Bruce's critically acclaimed "Eye of the Night" and “No Exit” by Don Davis. In 2015/16 they performed the local premiere of Milton Barnes "Harbord Street" and a commissioned arrangement of Scarlatti's Piano Sonata in D, K. 491 by Dan Reiter. In the spring of 2017 Beau Soir performed the local premiere of "Goodbye My Friend" by Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich. They look forward to performing the local premiere of “Suite Popular Española” by Manuel Moreno-Beundia, a Latin inspired piece in the fall of 2018.
Known for their exciting performance style and diverse programming, this ensemble continues to attract a strong fan base through its acclaimed performances and unique audience interaction, which includes background, analysis, historical information, and descriptions of performance techniques within each performance. Beau Soir Ensemble’s goal is to make classical music accessible and enjoyable, inspiring a new generation of music lovers.