August 2016 Convention
San Diego, CA

Opening: Pacific Flute Orchestra

Zart Dombourian-Eby

The convention’s formal opening traditionally begins with a greeting from the NFA president. This year, President Zart Dombourian-Eby welcomed more than 3,000 attendees to the convention. She was followed by the opening flute orchestra concert, performed this year by the 200-strong Pacific Coast Flute Orchestra and conducted by Peter Sheridan. With several of the composers and arrangers present, the group presented a program that was quite varied in content and included two world premieres.

Two pieces by Australian composers were presented:  Fanfare for Uncommon Flutes by Houston Dunleavy and Blow Pipes by Russell Gilmore. The program also included several arrangements, including Pavane by Fauré (arr. by Shaul Ben-Meir), Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048, by J.S. Bach (arr. by Nancy Nourse), Variations on a Theme by Rossini by Chopin (arr. by Ervin Monroe), performed beautifully by Lisa-Maree Amos, and Galliard and Pavane by Arbeau and Byrd (arr. by Russell S. Howland).

Original compositions by U.S. composers included Beckett’s Whisper by Ron Korb and world-premiere performances of California Gold by Adrienne Albert and Beach Party! by this writer.

—Phyllis Louke

photo by Brian Covington