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Wendy Mehne and Pablo Cohen: New Music for Flute and Guitar

Americas Society

May 11, 2015


Image by Jenny Stockdale, Ithaca College.

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Ithaca College professors Wendy Mehne and Pablo Cohen present a new music program for flute and guitar at Americas Society.


Astor Piazzolla (Argentina) Histoire du tango
Marlos Nobre (Brazil) Ciclo Nordestino, op. 5
Dana Wilson (US) Breathing the water
Astor Piazzolla (Argentina) Libertango
Egberto Gismonti (Brazil) Agua e vinho 
Radamés Gnattali (Brazil) Sonatina


Read more on the repertoire in the printed program (PDF).

This concert is part of Chamber Music America's National Chamber Music Month. For information on other performances taking place across the country, visit


Wendy Mehne performs Davidovsky's Synchronism for flute and tape, April 2014.

Pablo Cohen performs Piazzolla's Otoño Porteño (arr. Daniel Binelli).

About the artists

Dr. Wendy Herbener Mehne is professor of flute at Ithaca College, where was a 1995-96 Teaching Fellow and the 2004 London Sabbatical Scholar. She is a member of the Ithaca Wind Quintet and co-principal flutist with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. With Pulitzer prize-winning composer, Steve Stucky, and colleagues from Ithaca College and Cornell University, she was a founding member of the new music group Ensemble X, who made recordings of chamber music by Stucky, Judith Weir, and John David Earnest. Mehne has been a guest artist and given master classes throughout the US and has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony and at the Skaneateles Festival. As a member of the Ithaca Wind Quintet, she gave the world premiere of Karel Husa's Cayuga Lake (Memories) at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Dana Wilson's Mirrors at the 1993 National Flute Association (NFA) convention in Boston. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Constitution Hall, several national conferences, the International Guitar Festival in Fort de France (Martinique), numerous NFA conventions, and in broadcasts by affiliates of NPR and Public Television.  Mehne is a contributing author for numerous publications on music and has recorded for Koch, Albany, Mark Records, and Open Loop. She has been secretary of the NFA and served on their executive board. Mehne holds degrees from the University of Nebraska, Michigan State, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teachers include David Van de Bogart, Israel Borouchoff, Robert Willoughby, Richard Graef, and Robert Cole.

Guitarist Pablo Cohen graduated from Temple University with a Doctor in Musical Arts degree. He has received numerous prizes and awards for his performances in national and international competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association Award. Dr. Cohen is the head of the classical guitar program at Ithaca College and an affiliated artist at Cornell University. Most recently, he recorded the premiere of Carlos Guastavino’s Jeromita Linares with Camerata Bariloche Chamber Orchestra of Argentina for Dorian Records, for which Gramophone gave "a cordial recommendation: outstandingly fine playing of a repertoire few of us know." His transcriptions of Chick Corea’s Children Songs, along with his unveiling of solo and ensemble music by numerous Latin American masters, represent an exciting new direction for classical guitar today. Cohen has participated in solo, ensemble, and orchestral concerts throughout the world. As a featured artist, he performed at the Salle Cortot (Paris), Ho-Am Hall for Performing Arts (Seoul), Carnegie Hall (New York), Teatro Nacional (Panama), Teatro San Martín (Buenos Aires), and at many venues throughout the United States. Festival appearances have included the New York City International Guitar Festival at Mannes, Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, Philadelphia’s Mozart on the Square, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, Carrefour Mondial de la Guitare in Martinique, The City of Geneva International Festival, and Tel-Aviv Guitar Festival, among many others.