August 2008 Convention
Kansas City, MO

F6 Piccolo!

Nina Perlove

Nina Perlove

Amongst the many wonderful piccolo performances taking place during the 36th NFA convention was Sarah Jackson’s captivating performance of Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto, Op. 50, featured on the Bam! F6 Concertos Gala Concert; and, during the Tribute to Jack Wellbaum, for me it was Nina Perlove’s energetic performance of “Danza Florida” for solo piccolo by the Mexican composer Juan Trigos, which stole the show. In addition to the great technical demands expected of the soloist, this piece also requires the performer to speak syllables, scream, and wear bells strapped to the legs! (Although composed in 1990, the piece only exists in manuscript form and is not yet available for publication.) The NFA premiere of a new piccolo concerto by David Finko was artfully performed by Lois Herbine, for whom the work was written, and is a welcome addition to the piccolo’s ever-growing repertoire. Several interpretations of “Gravitiy’s Ghost” for solo piccolo by Robert Dick—the required piece for the Piccolo Artist Competition—were heard during the finals of the Piccolo Artist Competition, for which Karen Eichinger, Virginia Crabtree, and Jihye Choi were named the winner, second place, and third place, respectively. There were too many piccolo performances taking place during the NFA this year to mention them all, a trend which I sincerely hope will be continued at the next convention in New York City in 2009.

—Christie Beard