August 2010 Convention
Anaheim, CA

Mixed Chamber Ensemble Concerts

Virgina Broffitt and Eric Ginsberg

Flutists Virginia Broffitt and Susan Greenberg performed with their respective chamber ensembles for an appreciative audience on Saturday morning of the convention. Though I did not make it in the door for the first piece, I did have the pleasure of hearing Broffitt, with Eric Ginsberg and Jeffrey Brown, perform Jennifer Higdon's DASH for flute, clarinet, and piano. This high-energy piece featured constant interaction among the three collaborators, all of whom played with great sound and flare. Broffitt turned quite a ways toward the piano to improve communication with Brown, which kept her from having her back to him. I mention this only because it struck me as both necessary for the piece and kind to the pianist. The piece was indeed a "dash" throughout and was performed with skill and excitement.

Susan Greenberg, second from left, and Adrienne Albert, second from right, with bassoonist Carolyn Beck (right) and harpist Maria Casale (left).

Susan Greenberg and her collaborators Amanda Macintoch, clarinet, and Carolyn Beck, bassoon, performed with excellent communication and technique. Their first piece, "Fragments for Woodwind Trio," by Robert Muczynski, was a charming piece with Muczynski's typical lyrical voice. Greenberg's sound projected really well throughout quite a large ballroom. These three

players also performed Beethoven's Variations on Mozart's "La ci darem la mano," after which Greenberg and Beck were joined by harpist Maria Casale for a fantastic piece by Adrienne Albert, who was in attendance. "Doppler Effect" was performed by flute, bassoon, and harp, though Greenberg mentioned that it was available for other instrument combinations as well. This short, listenable piece featured lovely, lyrical melodies and was performed beautifully by the performers.

—Rebecca Johnson