August 2011 Convention
Charlotte, NC

Exhibitor Concert

Each year, musicians who work for exhibiting companies have the opportunity to play in a concert showcasing their talents to an appreciative audience. This year’s group was especially numerous. The program included a pleasant mixture of ensemble pieces and works for flute and piano.

The first entry was listed as the Chattanooga Flute Choir, directed by Shaul Ben-Meir of Flute World and Co. Only four members of the choir were actually present for the concert, but 15 or 20 Flute World employees and friends turned out to present an energetic rendition of Mozart’s Rondo (Turkish March), arranged by Ben-Meir.

A quintet of Little Piper representatives presented an arrangement by Ervin Monroe of “Amazing Grace” that was sweet and beautiful, in a short theme-and-variations form. Monroe also played as a Muramatsu representative, presenting an arrangement of a Scottish folk song entitled Variations on Loch Lommond. Monroe collaborated with pianist Robert Conway on the piece.

Though much of Barbara Seisel’s convention involvement this year was dedicated to entertaining children as Green Golly and promoting her new line of related materials, the New York flutist performed with her long-time collaborator Bruce Lazarus on his November Sonata, which was, in Seisel’s words, “An adult piece of music.” The work was interesting and engaging, and flutists might be interested in learning it.  Ellen Burr played Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir with pianist Tim Carey and captivated the audience throughout her performance.

Composer and clarinetist Daniel Dorff and flutist Cindy Anne Broz collaborated on a sampling of flute and clarinet duets arranged by Dorff.  In working for Theodore Presser, Dorff noted that he had been impressed with the number of copies of his original compositions that sold when scored for flute and clarinet. He decided perhaps these same people might like arrangements of Bach and Mozart scored for the same forces, resulting in the short pieces performed on the concert. Broz premiered an original piece for flute solo, also by Dorff, to close the concert.  The lyrical, short Woodland Reverie might be useful as an addition to recital programs or for any time flutists need to play alone for a short while.

The Exhibitor Concert showcases adept performers who have careers largely in facets of the music industry other than performing. Attending the concert is a great way for NFA members to experience the commitment to music and enthusiasm of the organization’s commercial members.

—Rebecca Johnson