March 18 , 2017

Ben Larsen cello
Martha Cargo flute

Doors open at 6:30 ~ concert begins at 7pm
11 Spring Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
tickets in advance $20
tickets at the door $25

student & senior tickets at the door $10 (not available online)

Very little has been composed for the duo combination of cello and flute. There have been incorporations of this combination into larger ensembles (more notably those of flute, cello, piano [Weber Trio]; flute, violin, viola, cello [Mozart Flute Quartets]; two flutes and cello [W.F. Bach, one of the most talented sons of J.S. Bach]; and flute, violin, and cello [Haydn’s London Trios]),
but almost nothing exists exclusively for the combination of the two outside of Brazilian composer Hector Villa-Lobos’s “Assobio a Jato” (Jet Whistle).

The composers involved in this project are an exceptional gathering of three men and five women from a variety of cultural, geographical and generational backgrounds, spanning three continents, and over four decades. They hail from the country's finest conservatories and universities, including Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, Harvard, Yale and Oberlin, and include Fulbright recipients as well as winners of a diverse array of international awards. Their works have been performed by major symphony orchestras across the globe, in addition to groups including the Chiara, American, Ethel and Blair string quartets, Windscape Ensemble, and Decoda.

Juan Pablo Contreras
Molly Joyce
Natalie Dietterich
Paolo Marchettini
Qin Ding
Reena Esmail
Robert Sirota
Whitney George

The Pieces of Eight project is still seeking funding, contact Ben Larsen at to support this important commission.

Martha Cargo
Hailed by the New York Times as "excellent" and praised for her "milky" tone by I Care if You Listen, New York-based flutist, Martha Cargo, is committed to the integration of experimental music into various media, be it contemporary art, theater or dance. Equally at home as soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Cargo performs actively with Ghost Ensemble, Glass Farm, and Tenth Intervention and has collaborated with OnSite NYC, Erick Hawkins Dance Company and Synthesis Aesthetics Project, with whom she completed a residency at The Field in 2012. She is a recent addition to Whitney George's project The Curiosity Cabinet and has performed with Ensemble sans maître, neoLIT and Tempus Continuum. Ms. Cargo is dedicated to collaborating with young composers. Over the last few years, she has commissioned and premiered solo works by Jonah Rosenberg, Yangzhi Ma, Anne Goldberg, and Mike Perdue, as well as numerous chamber works. She recently embarked upon a commissioning project with cellist Ben Larsen. Last year, she performed as part of the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and this season will play at Symphony Space, Harford College, Concerts on the Slope, and will tour to Switzerland with Glass Farm.

A graduate of Oberlin College's double-degree program in Flute and Chemistry, she completed her Masters in Music at SUNY-Purchase and continued her studies in the Contemporary Program at Manhattan School of Music. Martha's primary instructors include Michel Debost, Catherine Cantin (Paris), and Tara Helen O'Connor. She currently works as Assistant to the Music Director at the Americas Society on Park Avenue in Manhattan and as Social Media Coordinator for I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

Cellist Benjamin Larsen made his solo debut in 1999 at the Merryall Center for the Arts, where critic Frank Merkling called him “remarkably gifted”, with “a charming, warm tone”.  He has performed solo and chamber performances around the U.S., in Europe and Asia and currently plays with chamber ensembles in the New York City area. As freelance cellist, he has performed with many diverse ensembles, accompanying the musical “Time Between Us” in the New York Musical Theater Festival and appearing with the band The Left Banke. He is on the faculty of Zen Music School, the Florentine School, the Music School of Westchester, and maintains a private studio. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the chamber music series Concerts on the Slope.

Mr. Larsen has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Quartet Program, Music@Menlo, and Pacific Music Festival. His coaches include members of the Emerson, Tokyo, American and Orion string quartets, as well as Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Peter Frankl, Andre Michel Schub, Daniel Epstein, Sylvia Rosenberg and others.  His primary teachers were Eric Dahlin, David Finckel, Julia Lichten and Clive Greensmith. As an orchestral musician he has performed with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Ensemble 212, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and the Union City Philharmonic.  Mr. Larsen holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Hans and Klara Bauer Scholarship and the 2011 Pablo Casals Award.