August 2015 Convention
Washington, D.C.

Capital City Flute Orchestra

This year’s opening flute orchestra, more than 200 strong, was conducted by Sharyn Byer. Anchored by an exceptionally large low-flute section of altos, basses, at least nine contrabasses, and one sub contra alto flute in G, the group performed a varied program that included an NFA premiere and a world premiere. It’s always amazing to hear the quality of the group’s performance with only three hours of rehearsal time.

Capital City Flute Orchestra

photo by Brian Covington

The program consisted of “Cherry Blossom Snow, a Fanfare for Flute Orchestra” by Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda; “Inno for Joueurs” by Vincenzo Sorrentino, “By Kells Waters” by Kelly Via, Menuet and Rigaudon from Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel, arranged by John E. Davis and Shaul Ben-Meir respectively; “A Little Joy” by Jonathan Cohen; and “Talisman” (a world premiere) by Molnar-Suhajda. Jazz soloist Ali Ryerson played Moe Koffman’s “Swingin’ Shepherd Blues,” arranged by Nancy Nourse. Rounding out the program were “Pop” by Gary Schocker and “Tarantella” by Alberto Guidobaldi.

Capital City Flute Orchestra

photo by Brian Covington

—Phyllis Louke