Donald Fishel, Flute
Marilyn Mason, Organ
Hamilton, Marilyn Mason, Don Fishel
Duo Pneuma was formed in 2004 to perform
literature for flute and organ. We have performed in the Ann
Arbor Summer Festival for the Arts; at The University of
Michigan's Blanche Anderson Moore Hall; at U of M's Hill
Auditorium; in New York; Paris; Lisbon; and Sarasota, Florida.
Marilyn Mason is University Organist and Chairman of the
Department at The University of Michigan. Her extensive
career as concert organist, lecturer, adjudicator, and teacher has
carried her throughout the musical world. During a single
year, invitations took her to five continents. Professor
Mason has served as judge at nearly every major organ competition in
the world. Her dedication to contemporary music is evidenced
in the sixty-five works that she has commissioned and premiered.
Currently, she is pursuing her commitment to stylistic
integrity through research into the construction and tonal design of
historic European instruments. Twenty research tours have
focused on historic organs in Europe.
Dr. Marilyn Mason at L'Eglise Saint-Augustin, Paris
Our signature piece is The Breath of the Spirit,
with poetry by Ken Gaertner and music by Gregory Hamilton.
We commissioned this piece and premiered it in New York on
October 19, 2004. Since then, we have performed it in Paris,
France; Plymouth, Michigan; Lisbon, Portugal;
Sarasota, FL; and Ann Arbor.
The Breath of the Spirit,
a verse drama and musical composition for two
flute, and organ, features a series of nine poems by poet-playwright
Gaertner. The poems speak of the emotional and spiritual
worlds of several biblical characters: Mary, Herod, Jesus,
Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Judas. The work features a score
by Gregory Hamilton which explores the emotional and spiritual imagery
of the poetry.
Ken Gaertner is a poet and dramatist whose plays have been widely
produced in New York, as well as in the Midwest and Florida.
His poetry has been published in several magazines.
His poem 911
was awarded the Editor's Choice Award from The Penwood Review
of Los Alamitos, CA.
Hamilton, composer and organist, has works published for
organ, and choir. He also performs early music in the U.S.