August 2007 Convention
Albuquerque, NM

Convention Collage Part II

The 2007 convention in Albuquerque was filled with highlights, beginning with Amy Likar’s memorable performance of Michael Daughtery’s “The High and Mighty.” Noteworthy moments in the first headliner concert included Phillip Dikeman and pianist Linda Mark playing Gaubert’s Sonata No. 1 in A Major. Christina Jennings played with a glorious sound during A.J. McCaffrey’s Beati Quorum Via.

Philip Dikeman

Philip Dikeman

On Friday, I was lucky enough to attend Jan DeWinne’s recital, which opened with J.S. Bach’s Sonata in B Minor and ended with C.P.E. Bach’s Hamburger Sonata. George Pope was a standout during the Remembrance and Healing Concert. He played incredibly beautifully during the Paul Basler Sonata for Flute and Piano, and joined Katherine DeJongh for a riveting performance of Robert Maggio’s “Phoenix.” Lori Akins performed a moving trio of opera arias that she had arranged for alto flute and piano. The concert ended with a premiere performed by Patti Adams. The composer was in the audience, which added to the magic of this premiere. Trevor Wye performed his famous—or infamous—Carnival of Venice Variations, treating the audience to a performance of 48 variations on 58 flutes. He shocked the crowd by announcing the death of his colleague and friend, Clifford Benson. That evening, Bart Feller charmed the large audience during the gala recital concert by performing William Schuman’s “25 Opera Snatches” for solo flute.

Amy Likar

Amy Likar

Saturday, Eva Amsler beautifully performed the Mozart D Major quartet. “Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet,” by Amy Beach, was a treasure to hear. Hal Ott was outstanding in his performance of “Pennipotenti,” by Maria Newman. That evening, Gaspar Hoyos performed a very musical rendition of the Devienne Seventh Concerto in E Minor. Mary Kay Fink brought down the house with her performance of Bruce Broughton’s “Concerto for Piccolo and Chamber Orchestra.” Saturday night ended with Ali Ryerson’s premiere of her flute big band. Bravo, Ali!

Mary Kay Fink

Mary Kay Fink

In the final headliner concert, Luis Julio Toro premiered “Perfiles Sospechosos,” by Ricardo Lorenz. This incredibly intricate work was masterfully performed and a joy to hear. It included Latin rhythms and had audience members tapping their feet.

By far the greatest convention moment for me was the lecture/recital presented by Rachel Brown. Brown spoke about, and then performed, all 12 Telemann Fantasies. The audience was mesmerized, and many of us spoke afterwards about the astounding presentation.

—Kimberlee Goodman