This week, I played flute and led the Boulder Symphony flute quartet for our first Dementia Friendly Concert. This concert was the brainchild of Leah Quiller, a Boulder Symphony member and music therapy specialist. For this concert, we played a fun collection of holiday tunes and got everyone to sing along and even play some percussion instruments with a few of the songs. We’re planning on doing more dementia friendly concerts in the future. We at the symphony are looking forward to creating a special experience for the elderly members of the Boulder community. In return, we are blessed in return by their enthusiasm and enjoyment of our music.
I’m looking forward to playing cello and flute at this Boulder Symphony event. We’re playing a really great mix of classic rock, holiday, jazz music and more!
An Enchanted Evening
FRIDAY DECEMBER 8, 2017 – 5:30 – 8:30 PM
at The Highland City Club
Please join Boulder Symphony and Highland City Club for an evening filled with enchantment and magic.
Enjoy a mouthwatering buffet dinner of global flavors and the magical stylings of a Boulder Symphony chamber ensemble while mingling in the traditional setting of the historic Highland Building.
VIP tickets are available at $65, which include a gourmet buffet dinner, and 1 concert ticket to any Boulder Symphony concert this season (a $20 value).
Purchase a ticket before November 15th and get TWO Concert Tickets (a $40 value)!
Purchase VIP tickets below. A portion of all proceeds go to Boulder Symphony.
HIGHLAND CITY CLUB
885 ARAPAHOE AVENUE
BOULDER, CO 80302
Our Boulder Symphony flute quartet (flute, violin, viola, cello) recently played for a Santa Photo Shoot at the Boulder History Museum. The day dawned in winter chill but indoors the museum was cozy and beautifully decorated for the holidays. Guests enjoyed drinks, cookies and other refreshments as they enjoyed our musical performance. It was a charming and traditional way to ring in the holiday season and everyone left feeling a little more festive.
I am playing my flute this December in “Christmas in Provence”, a production by One World Singers and Alliance Française de Denver. Join us for a festive celebration in music and the French culture! Here are the details:
Christmas in Provence
In collaboration with Alliance Française de Denver
December 6, 2014, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ, 26th & Leyden, Denver
Tickets: $15 each
Begin your holiday season with a delightful and stirring musical experience, featuring the music of the French countryside! In collaboration with the Alliance Française de Denver, One World Singers presents Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas) as well as best-loved carols in both French and English. Delicacies of the Provence region will be enjoyed following the concert.
We hope to see you on December 6 for a joyeuses fêtes!
It’s time to go traditional, and I am pleased to announce that you can now hire a string quartet or a string trio right here through my website. String music will add a touch of elegance and class to your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, or your special event. The formal sound and appearance of stringed instruments make them a very popular choice for brides.
If you would like to hire a quartet or a trio but want a more unique and varied sound, you can replace the first violin with the flute. The flute has a smooth sound that contrasts beautifully with that of stringed instruments.
Quartet and Trio Options (I will play the instruments in bold):
String Quartet – 2 violins, viola, cello
String Trio – violin, viola, cello
Flute Quartet – flute, violin, viola, cello
Flute Trio – flute, viola, cello
Thanks to Brian Hunter at the Swallow Hill recording studio in Denver, I have replaced my ten year old homemade flute and harp recordings with new professional ones. On the recordings I am playing on my new solid rose gold and silver Powell flute that I bought last summer. I was accompanied by talented harpist, Mary Keener.
Our duo is available to play for your Colorado wedding or event, and I invite you to listen to samples of our recordings:
Flute and Harp Music Samples
Just in time to get you into the Christmas spirit, I will be playing in the lobby of the Wachovia 1 building on December 9th from 11:30 – 1:30. I will be playing the flute accompanied by Christine VanArsdale on the harp. There is nearby seating and a coffee shop, perfect for a relaxed afternoon.
We are once again fast approaching the time of year when the Charlotte Music Club and the Charlotte Civic Orchestra will hold their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, Part I. The Messiah is a must see event for the holiday season, featuring a full orchestra, a chorus of about 65, a harpsichord, and Ginger Wyrick as conductor. It will be performed on Sunday, December 5th at 3:00pm. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 501 Tryon Street. Better yet, admission is free. Parking is also free and located in the Odell Parking Garage off of 9th Street. I will be playing with the cello section for this event and am looking forward to a fun time and hoping for a large audience.
I recently had a conversation with someone about music, and when I told her I play flute for weddings and events, she asked if I play with other musicians. I told her I do, but she was surprised when I told her that I also perform frequently as a soloist. Contrary to what many people assume, the flute sounds full and complete on its own, and is a beautiful and popular choice for wedding and event music. Solo flute can stand on its own, and here are the reasons why:
It’s Simple – When you listen to music, you probably focus on the melody, and might even hum along with the song, but you probably don’t pay much attention to the harmony beneath the melody. Solo flute gives you a pure and clean melody, and every nuance and expression in the music is highlighted in its simplicity.
It’s Unique – After playing solo flute gigs, it is common for me to hear people say that they had never heard a flute soloist before and were impressed with its beauty and unique sound. Any time two instruments are played together they blend to create a different sound that is a little like each of the instruments played, but a bit different from both. When the flute is played apart from other instruments, it provides a unique sound that few people have heard.
It’s Affordable – When hiring musicians, it’s important to consider your budget, and solo flute is very budget friendly. With each extra musician you hire, your rates can double, so if you are on a budget, a soloist is the perfect choice.
It’s Versatile –
Short on space? A soloist on the flute doesn’t take up much space, and certainly takes up less space than most other musicians
Have an echo? Some venues, particularly churches, have impressive echoes. Charlotte locations such as St. Mary’s Chapel and the Belk Chapel are perfect examples. Larger groups may sound muddled if there is too much of an echo, but solo flute has a full and clear sound, that is quite remarkable in these types of buildings.
Outdoor wedding? Flute is an excellent choice for the outdoors because its sound carries better than that of a string instrument. Also, unlike a guitar or keyboard, the flute does not need to be plugged in.
Too many stairs? A flute player has excellent mobility. We are not limited by stairs, grassy lawns, or sandy beaches.
Next time you are planning a wedding or event, consider the clear melodies, unique sound, affordability, and versatility of the solo flute.