August 2018 Convention
Orlando, FL

Whistle While You Work Flute Orchestra

Wendy Kumer

The traditional opening flute orchestra concert that caps each convention’s Thursday morning all-NFA-member “meeting” was dubbed this year the Whistle While you Work Flute Orchestra. It was conducted by Wendy Kumer and was dedicated in loving memory to the late Bernard Z. Goldberg.

Kumer opened the program with the world premiere of “Fanfare” by Gay Kahkone. Following was an eclectic mix of classic compositions including Kelly Via’s arrangement of “The Earle of Oxford Marche” by William Byrd and Barber’s Adagio for Strings arranged by Martin Melicharek and conducted by John Bailey. (Uwe Grodd was slated to conduct but was unable to attend the convention due to illness.) Two jazz pieces followed: Jonathan Cohen’s “Flute 66” and Bill Holcombe’s arrangement of “Dizzy Fingers” by Zez Confrey.

The last half of the program consisted of film and television compositions: Bollman’s arrangements of “Glow” by Eric Whitacre and “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” by Osvaldo Farres, Disney Film Favorites arranged by Johnnie Vinson, and arrangements of TV Families Through the Years and Elmer Bernstein’s The Great Escape March.

—Phyllis Avidan Louke