Q-C flute choir to celebrate 30th anniversary


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Posted Online: April 17, 2013, 10:20 am
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

Quad City Flutes Unlimited will present a 30th anniversary concert Friday, including the premiere of a new flute choir composition commissioned in honor of the occasion.

Written by Phyllis Avidan Louke, of Portland, Ore., the piece is called "Fanfare and Celebration," in a free concert she will conduct at 7:30 p.m. in the Rogalski Center on the St. Ambrose University campus in Davenport. Ms. Louke also will direct several more of her compositions, including "Flute Fiesta," "Une Chanson du Printemps," "I'll Love My Love" (an arrangement of a Cornish folk song) and "Canyon Dreams." She also will play her unique 16-foot long contrabass flute.

Ms. Louke serves as music director of Rose City Flute Choir, is principal flute with Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Oregon Symphonic Band, freelances and is head of the Greater Portland Flute Society.

She will offer two local workshops for Quad-Cities musicians -- Friday at 2 p.m., Madsen Hall (in Galvin Fine Arts Center), St. Ambrose University, or Saturday at 10 a.m., Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College in Rock Island. At the Friday session,St. Ambrose students will perform several of her pieces.

In 1983, Janet Stodd, an Augustana graduate and flutist, enlisted eight other friends and flutists to play music arranged for flutes only. Today, Quad City Flutes Unlimited is comprised of over 20 volunteer performers, including four of the original group.

Directed by Mary Kae Waytenick, it has played for the Chicagoland Flute Festival, Figge Art Museum, Friends of Chamber Music, Festival of Trees, Quad City Mozart Festival and with the Western Illinois University Flute Choir and Augustana College Flute Choir.For more information, visit qcflutesunlimited.yolasite.com.




















 



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