About the Olmsted Ensemble
"The musicians played with skill, energy and intensity, while maintaining balance, nuance and superb interplay as an ensemble. The choice of repertoire was perfect, combining the Mozart flute quartet, a great favorite, with the Charles Hommann quartet, which was new to us all and tremendously exciting. As you could tell from the enthusiastic audience response, the evening was a resounding success….a magnificent performance." - One Longfellow Square, Portland Maine
The Olmsted Ensemble (Peter H. Bloom, flute; Brian Clague, violin; Jennifer Shallenberger, viola; Timothy Roberts, cello) concertizes widely, performing masterpieces and rarely-heard treasures by European and American composers. The group takes its inspiration from Frederick Law Olmsted, the great landscape architect and creator of Boston’s Emerald Necklace and New York’s Central Park. His work was visionary and forward-looking, while also honoring and extending traditions of the past.
"A virtuosic display...glorious music" -St. Andrews Performing Arts
The Olmsted Ensemble - Bios
The Olmsted Ensemble is a member of the New England States Touring Roster. Members of the ensemble have appeared with orchestras and chamber groups in North America, Europe, and the Far East.
Flutist Peter H. Bloom, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), concertizes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia; is featured on 40 recordings; serves as historical performance consultant to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts; is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music; serves on the faculty of the Snow Pond Composers Workshop; and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award.
Brian Clague, violin, has toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. In recital, he has appeared as violinist and pianist at the Warsaw Mozart Festival and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. He is active as a recording artist for national Public Broadcasting Service productions at WGBH studios in Boston as well as for film, major record labels, and commercial projects.
Jennifer Shallenberger, viola, has performed with chamber ensembles and orchestras in North America, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. She serves regularly in orchestras including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, National Lyric Opera, Vermont Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, New Hampshire Symphony, Portland (Maine) Symphony, and Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Boston Viola Quartet.
Cellist Timothy Roberts has performed nationally and internationally with such distinguished groups as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Alea III, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Boston Pops, the New England Ragtime Ensemble under Gunther Schuller, and the Vienna Choir Boys as a member of the Brandenburg Ensemble.