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Chicago Flute Club Competitions
The 2015 Annual Student Competition will be held at the Anderson Chapel at North Park University on Sunday, October 25. The competition is open to any student member of the Chicago Flute Club. The elementary division is for flutists grade 6 and under; the junior division for grade 9 and under; and the senior division grade 12 and under. Application deadline is September 21, 2015. For repertoire: please go to www.chicagofluteclub.org.
The first biennial Donald Peck International Flute Competition (formerly called the Solo Artist Competition) will be held on November 13-15 at the Chicago Flute Festival at the Chicago O’Hare Airport Hilton. The preliminary CD recording should be postmarked by October 1 and include the CPE Bach Sonata in A Minor for Solo Flute, Movement II, Allegro, and Edgard Varèse Density 21.5 for Solo Flute. For the final round repertoire go to www.chicagofluteclub.org. (9/15)
New Products, Publications and other Resources
New Release from Big Ear
Big Ear, a leading provider of custom hearing protection, is launching the Musician Earplug Trainer, which will be marketed under the name MET-Clear. It allows players to hear clearly while also protecting their hearing from noise-induced hearing loss. While some other ear protection products produce distortion in the sound, Big Ear’s two-filter design will allow clear sound and full spatial awareness. The device provides mini orifices so wearers can slowly block additional sound as they get used to the new hearing protection. www.bigearinc.com. (11/15)
Sonaré PS-705 New Features
Verne Q. Powell Flutes is adding additional professional features to its Sonaré PS-705 model. These include a new KT headjoint and the C# trill key option. The KT headjoint is a Signature style headjoint made of Aurumite 9K tubing with a sterling silver wall and Aurumite 9K lip plate. For more information contact www.PowellFlutes.com (10/15)
ALRY Publications on iPad
Over 800 ALRY titles are available on the digital sheet music platform, Remuse for download on an iPad. This platform offers instant access for viewing and performing with the added ability to share parts with others for rehearsals and performances. www.remuse.com (10/15)
NFA and Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance
Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance has partnered with the National Flute Association to provide insurance for members at a discounted rate. Anderson specializes in insuring musicians, orchestras, collectors, hobbyists, and musician associations. Anderson will donate a portion of the annual premium to the NFA General Endowment Fun, which funds cultural outreach scholarships, major commissions, new publications, and other special projects. For information: www.fluteinsurance.com (9/15)
New VIENTO Flutes
At the Musikmesse Frankfurt VIENTO introduced two new student model flutes. The VIENTO FL 108 is German silver plated and the FL 208 comes with a silver riser. Both are available in open or closed holes models. VIENTO warranties all flutes for five years. www.viento-flutes.com (9/15)
James Pellerite, retired Indiana University flute professor, has announced he is selling ZALO/JP-Publications. The varied catalogue of works includes over 60 works written for the Native American flute. All of the works have been commissioned by Pellerite from 37 contemporary composers. Many of these works are suitable for the modern flute. A listing of works may be found at www.james
pellerite.com. For information, contact James Pellerite [email protected] (9/15)
Library of Congress Music
The Library of Congress Music Division and WQXR’s Q2 Music (www.q2music.org) are streaming 20 pieces of contemporary classical music commissioned by the Library. More works are to be added to the Q2 Music live streaming library and on-demand playlists in coming months. For information about live concerts at the Library of Congress: www.loc.gov/concerts/ or phone the Concert Line at (202) 707-5502. (9/15)
Honors and Appointments
A 19th Century French Flute Extravaganza will be held at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music on October 31, 2015. This is a joint project of the Flute Studio, the departments of Historical Performance and Music History, the conservatory Library, and the Selch Collection. The faculty includes Michael Lynn, early flutes and project director; Alexa Still, modern flute; David Breitman, fortepiano; and Tom Moore, lecturer.
The goal of this project is to help flutists and pianists gain an appreciation for the virtually unknown mid-19th century flute repertoire in France. This repertoire includes hundreds, maybe thousands of sets of variations on popular opera of the day. Also represented are Romanza, Fantasisie, Nocturnes, as well as duets, trios, concertos, works for solo flute, and character pieces. These works were composed by the leading flute players and teachers of the day including Benoit Tranquille Berbiguier (1782-1838), Charles de Cottignies (1805-?), Louis Drouet (1792-1873), Theódore Labarre (1805-1870), Jean-Louis Tulou (1786-1865), and Louis (Lubovic) LePlus (1807-1874).
The Oberlin Conservatory Library owns this rare source material including the personal music library of amateur flutist Pierce Mease Butler (1806-1867). Oberlin flutists have been working from copies of these rare early editions to prepare for the evening concert. There will be an exhibition of original sources and instruments related to the Extravaganza all day long in the Conservatory Lounge. The schedule includes a lecture by Tom Moore at 1:30 P.M. in Bibbins 232; a lecture/demonstration by Michael Lynn at 2:45 P.M in Bibbins 232, and a Concert Performance by Conservatory students and faculty at 6:00 P.M. in Kulas Recital Hall. The events are open to the public. For further information: [email protected] (10/15)
Library of Congress Exhibition
The Library of Congress honors the 150th anniversary of composer and pianist Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s birth with an exhibit celebrating her contributions to field of chamber music, Chamber Music: The Life and Legacy of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. Coolidge’s vision was to make chamber music available to all, so in 1925 she built an auditorium at the Library of Congress and endowed a foundation at the Library to ensure that contemporary chamber music would continue to be commissioned and performed well into the future. During the last 90 years, the best of the best have performed at the Coolidge Auditorium in free public concerts, many which have been broadcast on the radio and are now streamed online.
The exhibition opened on August 13 in the Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery, on the first floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. and will continue through January 23, 2016. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition may also be viewed online at www.loc.gov/exhibits.
After the deaths of her parents and husband between January 1915 and March 1916, Coolidge began her musical philanthropy. She provided financial support for the Berkshire String Quartet and the quartet became the core of her Berkshire Music Festivals in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In the early 1920s Carl Engel, chief of the Library’s Music Division, encouraged Coolidge to make the Library of Congress the home for her collection of music manuscripts. She agreed and suggested bringing her festival to Washington, D.C. Since there was no performance venue at the Library, Coolidge offered to build the auditorium and set up a trust for future performances.
Coolidge’s commissioning projects include: Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 5 (1934), Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs (1953), George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children (1970), Igor Stravinsky’s Apollon Musagète and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.
The exhibition features the biographical film by Marjorie Short The Great Lady of Music: Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge and a radio broadcast recording made in 1944 in which she wishes that the federal government included a cabinet position for Secretary of the Arts. For more information go to www.loc.gov. (10/15)
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