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World Flute Fest Presents a Benefit at Weill Recital Hall

- Classical and Cultural Connections

Joseph Patelson Music House

160 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019

World Flute Fest
Weill Recital Hall
(Carnegie Hall Website)

A Benefit for
In Defense of Animals

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 27, 2008

(See World Flute Fest Photo Preview at Patelson Music House)


“It's a Small World”
by Richard and Robert Sherman.
Used with permission of Fluteville Flute Choir
(Rosalie Frank, Gray Strandberg, Lily Strandberg, Hannah Tobin-Black,
Emma Vinella-Brusher) Matt Herskowitz (piano), Jacquelyn Familant (soprano)

“Minuet from Orpheus”
by Gluck. Fluteville Flute Choir

“Ode to Joy”
by Beethoven. Fluteville Flute Choir and Matt Herskowitz

“Traditional Japanese Music”
James "Nyoraku" Schlefer (shakuhachi)

by Carol Alban (flute), George Cole (guitar), Matt Herskowitz (piano)

“Comin’ thro the Rye” (Traditional Scottish) San Francisco Flute Trio
(Carol Alban, Nancy Tyler, Ann Licater) and Paradiso (didgeridoo)

“Excerpt from Beethoven's 7th Symphony”
San Francisco Flute Trio

“Broken Lullaby”
by Taylor Eigsti (piano) with San Francisco Flute Trio

“Prelude, First Cello Suite”
by Bach. Bert Lams (guitar)

“Goldberg Aria”
by Bach. Arr. Mary Beth Alban Nancy Tyler (flute),
Carol Alban (flute), Bert Lams (guitar)

“The Marsh”
by the California Guitar Trio.
Used with permission. Carol Alban, Nancy Tyler, Bert Lams

“Flower Duet” from “Lakme”
by Delibes
Jacquelyn Familant (soprano), Elaine Kwon (piano), Marco Granados (flute)

“Rhapsody in Blue”
by George Gershwin. Used with permission. Matt Herskowitz (piano)

“Native American Flute Improvisations”
featuring Ann Licater with Paradiso (didgeridoo)

by Pat Metheny, Used with permission. Ann Licater, Paradiso,
Carol Alban, Taylor Eigsti, Harish Raghavan (bass).

“Traditional Irish Music”
Skip Healy (Irish flute), Joshua Dukes (guitar)

Written and performed by Robert Dick (Bass Flute in F)

“Tavern on the Green”
by Carol Alban and Alvenson Moore
Alvenson Moore (vocals), Matt Herskowitz, George Cole, Carol Alban

“Traditional Middle Eastern Music”
Bassam Saba (Nay flute), April Centrone (percussion)

“Fish are Jumping”
Written and performed by Robert Dick

“Venezuelan Medley”
Marco Granados (flute) and Neil Ochoa (percussion)

by Carol Alban
Carol Alban, Taylor Eigsti, Harish Raghavan, Neil Ochoa

by Carol Alban with Nancy Tyler, Matt Herskowitz.
Joined by other World Flute Fest musicians.

Tonight’s Benefit for In Defense of Animals, at Weill Recital Hall, was a very eclectic program, featuring flutes and flautists from around the globe, plus performances by youthful musicians, a concert pianist, vocalists, guitarists, percussionists, and even a man on didgeridoo. The musicians took time to welcome and address the audience, explaining the origins of the music and native instruments. There was even a musical introduction by John Sarantos, in echoing bird call motif. The program was diverse and dynamic, with traditional music of Japan, Scotland, Ireland, the Middle East, and Native Americans. There was even a solo piano rendition of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”.

“It’s a Small World” was performed by youths in costumes, with Jacquelyn Familant singing the iconic tune and Matt Herskowitz on piano. The Fluteville Flute Choir (all youths) also performed a “Minuet” and “Ode to Joy”, with Matt Herskowitz again on piano. Traditional Japanese music was meditative and exotic. A work by Carol Alban followed, “Papillons”, lyrical and melodic, and traditional Scottish music was next, with the San Francisco Flute Trio (Carol Alban, Nancy Tiler, Ann Licater) joined by Paradiso on didgeridoo. Paradiso walked through the aisles with the enormously elongated didgeridoo, holding it up and above the audience. The Flute Trio remained for elegant excerpts from Beethoven and a moody and mournful “Broken Lullaby” (joined by Taylor Eigsti, the composer, on piano).

Bert Lams played a unique guitar rendition of the quiet and soothing Prelude to Bach’s “First Cello Suite”, and he remained for “Goldberg Aria” and “The Marsh”, both of which included flautists, Carol Alban and Nancy Tyler, on sophisticated accompaniment. The next two works, before intermission, were outstanding. “Flower Duet” was sung by Jacquelyn Familant, in a persuasive performance, accompanied by Elaine Kwon on piano and Marco Granados on flute. Matt Herskowitz filled Weill Hall with riveting musicality in his piano solo, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, a forceful and unique interpretation, filled with emotionality, plus poignant pauses and phraseology.

Ann Licater and Paradiso opened the second half of the program on flute and didgeridoo, in “Native American Improvisations”, with echoing, rich resonance. A Pat Metheny jazz piece followed, for two flutes, bass, and didgeridoo, and then Skip Healy kicked up the mood with some Irish music and brogue, playing Irish flute, accompanied by Joshua Dukes on guitar. Robert Dick presented an atonal, original work for the high volume bass flute, “IF”. “Tavern on the Green” brought out vocals, piano, guitar, and flute, on the heels of “Traditional Middle Eastern Music”, thanks to Bassam Saba on nay flute and April Centrone on a large, flat, percussive instrument. The latter work was reminiscent of music I had heard in Turkey, soulful and beckoning.

Robert Dick returned for another bass flute original, followed by Marco Granados and Neil Ochoa on flute and cajón. The Granados-Ochoa performance included rapid Venezuelan dances and a regional folk medley. Carol Alban returned on flute for an ethereal, original work, “Harvest”, joined by Taylor Eigsti on piano, Harish Raghavan on bass, and Neil Ochoa on cajón. “Reflections” closed the performance, bringing back almost the entire cast of artists, with duo pianists, flutes, percussion, didgeridoo, guitar, and a vocalist. The Second Annual World Flute Fest Concert, as it was titled, was a musical and educational success, and In Defense of Animals benefitted as well.

Clay and Wood Flutes
Courtesy of Kent Clemenco

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