August 2008 Convention
Kansas City, MO

A Flute at the Opera

Elena Cecconi and Antonio Amenduni

A Flute at the Opera, by Italian Flutists, a concert of fantasies on opera themes, had somewhat theatric beginning, in that Antonio Amenduni was scheduled to perform first, but Elena Cecconi appeared on stage, started to play, and was “answered” by Amenduni from the back of the hall. Amenduni made his way to the stage, and the two played a duet accompanied by pianist Daniel Velicer that did not appear on the program. Amenduni then proceeded with his portion of the program, all played from memory. He performed La Traviata Fantasy by Genin and Noram Fantasy, Melodie Variate, Op. 13, by Lovreglio. Cecconi’s portion of the program included Prima Fantasie on Rigoletto, by Briccialdi, and Duo Brillant pour piano et flute sur Les soirees Musicales de Rossini, by Benedict.

—Phyllis Louke