The combination of flute and harp has captivated listeners for centuries. Bringing together two of the most ancient instruments, flutist Patricia Creighton and harpist Karen Rokos formed Nova Brilliante to be able to create soundscapes for listeners that would not only be very pleasing and provocative, but also healing. Both artists have fully professional and long-standing orchestral and chamber careers. Their recent disc “Melodies of Love” was a 2008 ECMA Best Classical Album nominee, and their concerts are received enthusiastically.
NOVA BRILLIANTE presents many different styles of music, from renaissance through baroque, classical, latin, very modern, and even improvisation, depending upon the needs of the concert presenter. Their presentation is artful, seamless and totally engaging.
Karen Rokos, harp
Known for her dramatic style, harpist Karen Rokos performs regularly with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Maine State Ballet Orchestra and Symphony by the Sea in Salem, Massachusetts. Ms. Rokos studied with Marjorie Call at the University of Redlands where she earned her Bachelor of Music and with internationally renowned harpist Susann McDonald at Indiana University, obtaining her Masters of Music in Harp Performance with a concentration in Harp Pedagogy. She is a much sought-after performer and teacher throughout the Eastern United States and Canada and specializes in music for the theatre.
Patricia Creighton, flute
Patricia Creighton is currently Principal Flutist with Symphony Nova Scotia, a position she has held since 1983. Her extensive repertoire spans from baroque to modern in solo, concerto, chamber and orchestral literature. She has performed with many illustrious musicians from around the country and has concertized across Canada, in the U.S., Germany, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia and Mexico. She is well known to audiences around the Maritimes. Aside from a busy performing schedule and young at heart, Patty shares her love of music by teaching as an instructor at Dalhousie University’s Department of Music.)