August 2018 Convention
Orlando, FL

Newly Published Music Concert

Convention Performers Competition winners Audra Ziegel, Nicholas Buonanni, and Abigail Graham performed works selected from the winning pieces of the Newly Published Music Competition. This exciting concert featured C and alto flutes in a variety of solos and duos. Pianists Jonathan Spivey and Aaron Ziegel collaborated.

Several standout works included December Duo for flute and piano by Laurel Zucker. This three-movement work, wonderfully performed by Audra and Aaron Ziegel, combined beautiful melodies with diverse moods and challenging technique.

Nicholas Buonanni gave a moving performance of two vocalises from the collection Three Vocalises. This arrangement (by Chris Potter) for alto flute and piano left the audience in a momentary trance after the haunting, lyrical melodies sang from Buonanni’s flute.

Three Spirituals, arranged by Marietta Simpson and Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and performed by Graham, was a fun, upbeat, exciting work. It offered both technical challenges and meaningful lyrical moments to suite every listener.

Other works were Phyllis Avidan Louke’s Sonatina for two flutes; a selection from A Little Tango in Her Blood arranged by Alison Young; Five Duets by Sadial Cuentas; and Pop by Tim Hagen, an entertaining and challenging work full of extended techniques.

This sensational concert was full of new works that should be explored. The pieces offer a variety of difficulty level and something for every flutist’s taste.

—Whitney O’Neill

photo by Ellen Johnson Mosley