August 2015 Convention
This showcase was shared by three fine flute orchestras. The International Flute Orchestra, founded by Nancy Clew and conducted by John Bailey, meets once a year in a non-U.S. country for a concert tour. This year’s concert tour was in Northern Germany. The performance was conducted ably by Amy Clark, a last-minute substitution for John Bailey, who was recovering from shoulder surgery. The orchestra performed the following transcriptions, arranged by Shaul Ben-Meir: Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppe, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J. S. Bach, and Bacchanale from Samson et Delila by Camille Saint-Saëns
The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, conducted by Paige Dashner Long, is based in Boston and is in summer residence at New England Conservatory. This group’s program consisted of “My Hometown” by Hayato Hirose and “Summer in the Backyard” by Greg Lutz.
The Florida Flute Orchestra, also conducted by Long, performed “Six Anges Qui Dansent dans le Ciel” (Six Angels Dancing in the Sky) by Masamichi Amano and “Angelus! Priere aux Anges Gardiens” (Prayer to the Guardian Angels) by Franz Liszt and arranged by Paige Dashner Long (an NFA premiere).
Finally, Metropolitan Flute Orchestra and Florida Flute Orchestra combined to perform two transcriptions by Long, Allegro con fuoco from Symphony No. 9 (from the New World) by Dvorak and Kindersymphonie in C Major by Haydn.