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Duo Noire

The classical guitar of Duo Noire

MILFORD and HAWLEY, PA — Kindred Spirits Arts Program is now in its 16th year of providing world-class music at a variety of local—and often idyllic—venues in Northeast PA. Formed in 2002 by renowned cellist Yosif Feigelson and Nancy Pinchot (of the venerable Pinchot family, descendents of Gifford Pinchot, first head of the U.S. Forest Service and sometime PA governor), Kindred Spirits has offered a combination of concerts for the general public with outreach to students at local schools.

The next treat it will present is Duo Noire, featuring classical guitarists Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett, in two performances of a program titled “Spectacular Precision,” one at Grey Towers (Gifford Pinchot’s one-time home) on Saturday and the second at the Hawley Silk Mill on Sunday.

Flippin and Mallett use their virtuosic skills to win hearts and minds for classical guitar music, and they often bring genre-bending contemporary compositions into the mix as well. Graduates of the Yale School of Music, they made a splash with their first album, “Figments,” frequently played on WQXR-FM. They have been featured in Chamber Music Magazine and Classical Guitar Magazine, and have won enthusiastic applause for their performances in venues from New York City to Beijing.

This concert will include Baroque pieces by Bach and Scarlatti and music by Spanish composers Isaac Albeniz and Manuel de Falla, “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla. Another, “Hocus-Pocus,” was written for them by Grammy nominee Clarice Assad.

The performances are presented by Kindred Spirits in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the Hawley Silk Mill. Seats cost $20 both at the door and in advance online (see, at Holy Crepes (224 Broad Street in Milford) and at Main Avenue Books (202 Main Ave. in Hawley). For information about season passes to Kindred Spirits programs, visit


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