August 2017 Convention
Minneapolis, MN

Colorado Flutists: A Celebration of Community

This potpourri of flutists and repertoire showcased the multi-layered talents of Colorado flutists, from the familiar such as Christina Jennings, Brook Ferguson, Michele Stanley, Cobus du Toit, and Chris Potter to the less known but excellent Tracy Doyle, Kaleb Chesnic, Catherine Peterson, Alaunde Copley-Woods, Sandra Tiemens, Katy Wherry, Andrea Murano, and Kathryn Hendrickson. The last three are members of Ferguson’s new flute academy in Golden, Bel Canto Flute Academy. CU-Boulder collaborative pianist Margaret McDonald assisted.

Of special note were several works by Colorado composers. Copley-Woods’ solo piece “1074: Nine Miniatures, Op. 2” was a brilliantly executed set of tiny studies in extended techniques.

Dianna Link, a rising freshman at CU-Boulder in flute and composition, will be someone to watch. Her quartet “The Music of Water,” performed by instructors of Bel Canto Academy, flowed naturally among tonal and pleasing clusters of sound, pointillistic effects, and an overall freedom of direction that suggested Link was following her instincts and good ear.

Claudia Anderson

The last work on the program, which included all members of the Colorado professional and student community, was a fascinating flute choir piece called “Breathless,” written by CU grad student Egemen Kesilki and conducted by Kaleb Chesnic. Swirls of air going in and out of large tone clusters, punctuated with a growing chorus of unison declamatory phrases, created a compelling whole and striking finale to this inclusive and provocative concert.

—Claudia Anderson