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The NFA Gala Concerto Concert

An inspiring evening of flute concerto music

Saturday, August 13
7:30 p.m. central
Symphony Center*
Chicago, IL

*Please note that masks are required in Symphony Center.


The annual NFA Convention hosts the biggest flute concert of the year and the only event of its kind in the world: the Gala Concerto Concert.

This exciting gala evening presents a rare opportunity to experience an entire concert of flute concertos, performed by virtuoso flutists from around the globe, with a full orchestra. Each year, the Gala Concerto Concert offers an eclectic mix of repertoire featuring flute and piccolo in a variety of periods and styles. Past programs have included everything from classical favorites to compelling new music. For the thousands of flutists who attend the annual convention, the Gala Concerto Concert is the highlight of the week and eagerly anticipated all year.

2022 Gala Artists

This year's Gala Concerto Concert features a constellation of fiercely bright musical talents, with members of the Chicago Philharmonic



Leonard Slatkin


Demarre McGill

Miguel del Aguila, Malambo for flute and string orchestra

Jennifer Gunn

Thea Musgrave, Piccolo Play (orchestration commission by NFA)

Kersten McCall

Carl Reinecke, Flute Concerto

Sharon Bezaly

Christian Lindberg, The World of Montuagretta

Valerie Coleman

Jennifer Higdon, The Light That We Can Hear (world premiere NFA commission)


Leonard Slatkin

(Photo by Nico Rodamel)



Demarre McGill

(Photo by Denver Rispel)



Jennifer Gunn

(Photo by Todd Rosenberg)



Kersten McCall

(Photo by Teresa Costa)



Sharon Bezaly

(Photo by Marc Harrison)



Valerie Coleman

(Photo by Ryan Scherb)


Past Gala Programs

2019 – Salt Lake City

Chelsea Knox

Eldin Burton, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

Jonathan Keeble

Richard Prior, Concerto for Flute

Hélène Boulègue

Theodor Verhey, Flute Concerto No. 1, Op. 43

Christina Smith

André Jolivet, Concerto


2018 – Orlando

Zart Dombourian-Eby (piccolo) and Carol Wincenc

Georg Philipp Telemann, Concerto for Flute and Piccolo in E Minor

Julien Beaudiment

Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Poem for Flute and Orchestra

Julia Bogorad-Kogan

Leonard Bernstein, Halil

Matthias Ziegler (multiple flutes)

Benjamin Yusopov, NOLA Concerto for various flutes and strong orchestra; second movement

Jasmine Choi

Daniel Dorff, A solo work for flute and orchestra, a world premiere written specifically for Jasmine Choi and the NFA

Marianne Gedigian

Jacques Ibert, Flute Concerto






2017 – Minneapolis

Ian Clarke

Ian Clarke, Time Dominoes: Concerto for Flute and Strings

Jeffery Zook (piccolo)

Egil Hovland, Concerto, Op. 117

Alexa Still

Elliott Carter, Concerto

Jean-Louis Beaumadier (piccolo)

Jean-Michel Damase, Concerto

Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson

Carl Nielsen, Concerto, FS 119

2016 – San Diego

Göran Marcusson

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concerto in G, K. 313

Jennifer Gunn

Ken Benshoof, Concerto in Three Movements

Linda Toote

Martin Amlin, In Memoriam C.D.H.

Trudy Kane

Ellen Taaffe Zwillich, Concerto Elegia

Adrianne Greenbaum

Traditional arr. Adrianne Greenbaum, Klezmer Melody

Walter Auer

Carl Reinecke, Concerto in D Major, Op. 283

2015 – Washington, D.C.

Lorna McGhee

Johann Sebastian Bach arr. Milan Munchinger, Concerto in C Major for flute and orchestra after the A Major Harpsichord Concerto, BWV 1055

Paula Robison

Kent Kennan, Night Soliloquy

Mark Sparks

Katherine Hoover, Four Winds

Demarre McGill

Jeff Tyzik, Dream Sequence

Aaron Goldman

Lowell Liebermann, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 39

2014 – Chicago

Sarah Jackson

Daniel Dorff, Flash! for piccolo and orchestra

Leone Buyse

Johann Sebastian Bach, Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067

Robert Dick

Robert Dick, Concerto for flute/bass flute, strings, and percussion

Mary Kay Fink

Gabriela Lena Frank, Will-O-The-Wisp: A Tone Poem for flute and orchestra

Julien Beaudiment

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concerto No. 2 for flute and orchestra in D Major, K. 314

2013 – New Orleans

Nobutaka Shimizu

Orchestral excerpts:

Claude Debussy; Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel

Orchestral excerpts:

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72; Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, “Eroica,” Beethoven Op. 55, Movement IV; Daphnis et Chloé

Karl-Heinz Schültz

Orchestral excerpts:

Georges Bizet, Johannes Brahms, Paul Hindemeth, Antonín Dvořák

Orchestral excerpts:

Entr’acte from Carmen (Prelude to Act III); Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98; Movement IV; Symphonic Metamorphosis, Movement III Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88; Movement IV

Sarah Jackson

Orchestral excerpts:

Gioacchino Rossini, Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov; Rossini

Orchestral excerpts:

Overture to La gazza ladra; Caucasian Sketches, Op. 10, Movement IV; Overture to Semiramide

János Bálint

Felix Mendelssohn, arr. János Bálint, Concerto for flute (violin) and string orchestra in D Minor

Gary Shocker and Marcos Granados

Gary Shocker, Three Dances for Two Flute and Strings

Marianne Gedigian

Kryzstof Penderecki, Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra

Carol Wincenc

Lawrence Dillon, Orpheus in the Afterworld: Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra

Sophie Cherrier

Andre Jolivet, Concerto pour flȗte et orchestre a cordes

2012 – Las Vegas

Walfrid Kujala (piccolo)

Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in C Major, RV 443

Amy Porter

Michael Daugherty, Trail of Tears

Peter-Lukas Graf

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Andante in C major, K. 315

Aldo Baerten

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rondo in D, K. Anh.184

Linda Toote (flute/piccolo)

Martin Amlin, Concerto for Flute/Piccolo and Orchestra

Alexa Still

Matthew Hindson, House Music

2011 – Charlotte

Christina Jennings

Otar Gordeli, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 8

Christina Jennings

Mike Wofford, Tapestry 39

Carol Wincenc

Lukas Foss, Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

Jean Ferrandis

Yuko Uebayashi, Concerto pour flȗte et orchestre à cordes

Marina Piccinini

Daniel Schnyder, Carmen Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra

Holly Hofmann

Antonio Carlos Jobim, Agua de Beber (Drinking Water)

2010 – Anaheim

Catherine Ransom Karoly

Carl Reinecke, Concerto for Flute in D Major, Op. 283

Jan Gippo

Eric Ewazen, On Wings of Song a Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra, inspired by the poem of Heinrich Heine

Michael Faust

Peteris Vasks, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

Carol Wincenc

Jake Heggie, Concerto for Flute: Fury of Light, inspired by Mary Oliver’s poem “Sunrise”

2009 – New York City

William Bennett

C.P.E. Bach, Concerto in D Major, W. 13

Jean-Louis Beaumadier

Joachim Andersen, Moto Perpetuo

Robert Dick

Martin Bresnick, Pan Penseroso

Elizabeth Rowe

Eric Ewazen, Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra

Matthias Ziegler

Benjamin Yusupov, NOLA Concerto for various flutes

2008 – Kansas City

Andrea Oliva

Joaquin Rodrigo, Fantasia para un Gentilhomme

Sarah Jackson

Lowell Liebermann, Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra, Op. 50

Alexa Still

Anthony Ritchie, Flute Concerto, Op. 56

Aldo Baerten

Peter Benoit, Flute Concerto

2007 – Albuquerque

Gaspar Hoyos

François Devienne, Concerto No. 7 in E Minor

Bonita Boyd

Melinda Wagner, Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion

John Wion

Carl Maria von Weber, Romanza Sicialiana in G Minor for Flute and Orchestra, J. 47

Paula Robison

Charles Tomlinson, Griffes Poem

Mary Kay Fink

Bruce Broughton, Concerto for Piccolo and Chamber Orchestra

2006 – Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Flute Club Choir

Kurt Vogel, The Secret Language of Snow

Marina Piccinini

Martin Kennedy, Flute Concerto

Marianne Gedigian

Aram Khachaturian, Flute Concerto

Yu Kurata

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concerto in G Major, K. 313

Amy Porter

William Bolcom, Lyric Concerto

2005 – San Diego

Thomas Jensen

Joachim Andersen, Variations Drolatiques, Op. 26

Bonita Boyd

Melinda Wagner, Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion

Jeffrey Khaner

David Chesky, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

Lior Eitan (piccolo)

Avner Dorman, Concerto

2004 – Nashville

Paul Edmund-Davies

John Harbison, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

Lorna McGhee

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concerto in C for Flute and Harp, KV299

Patricia Spencer

Joan Tower, Flute Concerto

Paula Robison

Ruggero Leoncavallo, Eduardo Di Capua, Sandro Benelli and Francesco Paolo Tosti, Arr. Daniel Paget, One Hundred Roses: Neopolitan Serenades and Dances

Emily Beynon

Jonathan Dove, Magic Flute Dances

2003 – Las Vegas

Amy Porter

Benjamin Godard, Suite de trois morceau, Op. 116

Brad Garner and Göran Marcusson

Max Bruch, Concerto for two flutes (violin) No. 2, Op. 44

Robert Aitken

R. Murray Shaffer, Concerto for flute and orchestra

Carol Wincenc

Christopher Rouse, Flute Concerto

2002 – Washington D.C.

Mary Kay Fink

Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in C Major, RV 443

William Bennett

Antonín Dvořák, Romance in F Minor, Op. 11

William Bennett

Camille Saint-Saëns, Odelette, Op. 162

Bart Feller

Thomas Oboe Lee, Flauta Carioca, Op. 90

Brooks de Wetter-Smith

Robert Beaser, Song of the Bells

Marina Piccinini

Paquito D'Rivera, Gran Danzón (The Bel-Air Concerto)

2001 – Dallas

Clare Southworth

Howard Hanson, Serenade

Clare Southworth

Heinrich Hofmann, Konzertstück, Op. 98

Aralee Dorough

Salvador Brotons, Concerto, Op. 72

Bonita Boyd

Carl Nielsen, Concerto for flute and orchestra

Michael Faust

Paul Schoenfeld, Klezmer Rondos

2000 – Columbus

Katherine Borst-Jones

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp, K. 299

Walfrid Kujala

Otar Gordeli, Concerto for flute and orchestra, op. 8

Patricia Spencer

Shulamit Ran, Voices: for a flautist with orchestra

Jeffrey Khaner

John Corigliano, Voyage: for flute and string orchestra

Jeffrey Khaner

Frank Martin, Ballade