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The members of Aureole are Laura Gilbert, flute, Mary Hammann, viola, and Stacey Shames, harp.Their concerts and recordings also include a wide variety of popular and folk music from the Celtic, Latin, Indian, Baroque and Classical traditions. Inspired by the combination, some of the most imaginative and creative musicians and composers of our time -- Ravi Shankar, George Tsontakis, Jacob Druckman and Roberto Sierra-- have masterfully composed and arranged for Aureole. The repertoire also includes many significant and powerful works by Twentieth Century composers, including Claude Debussy, Sofia Gubaidulina, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Sir John Tavener, Toru Takemitsu, Harrison Birtwistle and Kaiji Saariaho.

Stacey Shames is widely recognized as one of today’s outstanding concertizing harpists. With performances as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal, she has appeared throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. She is celebrated for her luxurious tone and a repertoire encompassing Scarlatti to Elliott Carter.

At age fourteen, Ms. Shames made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, receiving critical acclaim. She took the First Prize in the American Harp Society Competition (1987), received honors at the International Concours de Geneve, and went on to earn a top prize in the 11th International Harp Contest in Israel (1992). In recent concerto performances, Ms. Shames appeared with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the National Chamber Orchestra. She has been heard in recital at Jordan Hall, in Boston, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and in New York, at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Bargemusic.

Ms. Shames enjoys a busy schedule of performances, recordings and tours as the harpist of the acclaimed Orpheus Chamber
Ensemble. A past principal harpist of the Saint Louis Symphony, Miss Shames performed, recorded and toured under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. She has also been principal of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble, and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Recently, Ms. Shames has been accompanist for Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, James Galway, Andreas Scholl, and Joshua Bell in numerous recording and television appearances. She has recorded extensively for some of today’s most popular artists including Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Carly Simon, Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Harry Connick,Jr., Lauryn Hill, George Michael and Celine Dion. Ms. Shames may be heard on the soundtracks to over 100 films and enjoys a busy schedule in all of the recording and television studios in New York.

Miss Shames is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen. She has served as a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Hartt School of Music, and coaches many young harpists as they transition from conservatory to career. She appears at many summer chamber music festivals, collaborating with celebrated string quartets and musicians from around the world. The varied discography of Ms. Shames may be heard on the Koch, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA, Decca, Blue Note, Bridge and Concord record labels.

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