August 2014 Convention
Chicago, IL

Windy City Flute Orchestra Concert

With 225 flutists and less than four hours of rehearsal time, the quality of the opening concert of the NFA Convention, for years coordinated by Kathy Farmer, always amazes me. This year was no exception. With a sea of alto, bass, and contrabass flutes (including Peter Sheridan on double contra) at his command, conductor Kelly Via did a superb job of wringing every drop out of the limited rehearsal time with a very challenging program. The program consisted of three world premieres—Fanfare 42 by John W.N. Palmer, Mystic Wind by Ken Kreuzer, and Lower Wacker Drive by Peter Senchuk—and three NFA premieres: Winds of Enchantment by James-Michael Sellers (featuring alto flute soloists Carla Rees and Peter Sheridan), Beckett’s Whisper by Ron Korb, and The Girl from Ipanema by Jobim, arranged by Kelly Via. Also on the bill were Wordless Songs by Judy Nishimura, Remembrances Volume I:  Debussy by Kelly Via, and A La Maniere de Pat by Vincenzo Sorrentino. A good time was had by both performers and audience.

The Windy City Flute Orchestra

 

—Phyllis Louke

photos by Phyllis Louke and Brian Covington