August 2007 Convention
Albuquerque, NM

Gen-X All-Stars Concert

Standard major French repertoire served as bookends for this exciting and diverse concert featuring some of the NFA’s finest young professionals. Stephanie Rea, associate professor of flute at Murray State University, began the program with the elegant Dutilleux Sonatine. Her performance was poised and polished.

Linda Chatterton

Linda Chatterton followed with a piece by Edie Hall titled The Floating World (2004). This piece, which she performed from memory, is based on five haiku of Basho, and her performance of the work suggested this narrative quality and beautifully showcased her tonal range. Chatterton continued with a Tarantella by Vladimir Tsybin for flute and piano. A stark contrast to the more introspect Hill, this was a demonstration of fingers and flash.

The Crescent Duo, made of up wife and husband Joanna Cowan White and Kennen White, professors at Central Michigan University, performed its own works within this program. The duo began with Four Short Dances for flute and clarinet by Scott Harding. Quickly switching gears, the duo played three pieces by three different Venezuelan flutist/composers: Nicolas Real, Raimundo Pineda, and Andres Eloy Rodriguez. Each of these short pieces, composed in 2003, had the style and flair of traditional Venezuelan music, and were a delight to hear.

The newly appointed principal flutist of the Phoenix Symphony, Viviana Cumplido, closed the concert with Chant de Linos by Andre Jolivet. Her dark and rich sound quality, along with a fluid technique, were a match for this tour-de-force work. She and pianist Bryan Pezzone, who played wonderfully throughout this concert, performed with the tenacity necessary to carry out one of the most difficult pieces in the flute and piano repertoire.

—Nicole Esposito