Flutist Karen Johnson, whose artistry is described as ‘exquisite’and ‘mesmerizing’ combines instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility in her distinctive and memorable performances.

Well-versed in the solo and chamber music repertoire, she continues championing new works and commissions by such composers as William Albright, Jeffrey Mumford, Thomas Benjam and David Froom.

A co-principal flutist of the Chesapeake Orchestra, Karen has recently teamed up with renowned pianist Carlos-Cesar Rodriguez and percussionist John Kilkenny to form the exciting Dancing Heart, an ensemble rapidly gaining popularity for its imaginative, compelling and interactive programs.

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Dancing Heart Goes on the Road!
10:00 am, Sunday, August 14 2016, Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens
151 Brookdale Road Stamford, CT

Karen Johnson and Manny Arciniega (flute and percussion) travel to Stamford Connecticut to play "Summer Serenades" at the Arboretum! This is a charming outdoor venue where you can bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. And if you bring your coffee and brunch - we'll serenade you while you eat. (Rain? no worries, there is an auditorium!)


Info: 203-322-6971 Aboretum members, $5; Non Members $10. (As I will be in charge of admission, friends of the "band" will not be charged!). If the weather is not good, there is a small auditorium with chairs.

Concert Works by Piazolla, Gareth Farr, J.S.Bach, Michael Jackson(!) and others

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Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 
Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus.



Sounds of Spring Concert by the Dancing Heart Ensemble

Karen Johnson- flute, Carlos Rodriguez -piano, Manny Arciniega, Percussion

Classical and Contemporary Combined by

Musicians Who Have Performed with Stevie Wonder & Placido Domingo

April 22 in Annapolis, MD


On Friday April 22 at 8 pm. the Dancing Heart Ensemble presents “Sounds ofSpring” taking you to that place in the heart where renewal begins. The program includes Scott Wheeler’s charming “Fables,” Carl Vine’s evocative flute and piano Sonata; a Spanish piano solo by Granados; Daniel Reeves’ vibe solo “Come to Me”and an uplifting collection of Appalachian Folk Songs for flute and piano. The ensemble of Karen Johnson (flute), Carlos Rodriguez(piano) and Manny Arciniega (percussion) aims to connect with and transform the audience. Individual musicians have performed with Stevie Wonder, Placido Domingo and on Netflix’s House of Cards. The concert, part of the 4th Friday series, willbe held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA), 333 DuboisRoad. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/UUCA-concerts or call410-266-8044 Monday – Thursday.


A New Work... A Tribute
A New Work... A Tribute World Premiere by Israeli composer Gilad Rabinovich: Gilad has written "Elegy" for flute, piano and vibraphone.  Dancing Heart premiered this work on March 25, 2014.  "Elegy" was written as a tribute to my mother who passed away on Jan. 26, 2012.