Click here to watch the concert from November 15th with Linda Bento-Rei, flute, Tasha Robinson, harp, and special guest musician Carlann Evans, violin.
Linda M. Bento-Rei
After decades of performing in many of New England’s most notable symphony orchestras as soloist and section member, performing in and directing various chamber music groups and concert series, serving as educator and mentor for many now accomplished flutists, conducting master classes and directing flute choirs, Linda Bento-Rei’s versatility and passion for fresh and diverse projects lead her to record her first album entitled The Jongen Project, released in 2014, which contains the music of Belgian composer, organist and educator, Joseph Jongen (1873-1953). She has served as principal flutist with the Venice Symphony Orchestra (FL) since 2014. She also frequently performs with other Florida and New England orchestras. In addition to her recording and orchestral careers, Bento-Rei and her husband co-founded the non-profit chamber music organization, Sarasota Musica Viva in which Bento-Rei serves as Artistic Director and performer. Since 2015, she has organized and presented over fifty chamber music programs throughout the west coast of Florida and New England featuring nationally acclaimed, local and guest musicians. Bento-Rei received a Bachelor of Music, cum laude from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Performance as a Merit Scholar from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Tasha Robinson has been playing the harp for over 30 years and is Principal Harpist with the Venice, Ocala and Salute to Vienna Orchestras. She is also Assistant Principal Harpist with Charlotte Symphony as well. Tasha is currently the Director and Instructor of Harp at the Island Village Montessori School of Venice and assists with the Harp program with Laurel Nokomis School. Tasha has performed in recitals and concerts throughout Florida from Panama City to Naples. She has toured throughout the United States and Canada. She is VERY excited about sharing the harp with you!!
Tasha is currently Principal Harpist with the Venice, Ocala and Salute to Vienna Orchestras. She teaches both for her own private studio in Osprey Florida as well as for a harp program she created eight years ago at Island Village Montessori school in Venice. Tasha has also played with the Naples Philharmonic and most recently with the National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic. Tasha plays many genres of music from Celtic to Popular and Classical. She also enjoys sharing the Electroacoustic harp, a 47 string harp with an electronic Mic pic-up on each string.