Winter '08 / '09
Golden flute photo - Nagahara Flutes, NMI
Photo of J. Galway - Justin Bahramii
Photo of J. Calloway - P. Maiden
12/7 & 12/8 - Boulez: Le Marteau sans maitre
In this issue, we celebrate the intersection of France and the flute, from extraordinary compositions
to revered teaching traditions. See our picks below for winter concerts featuring French works. Or, turn to FBA
Focus and FBA Journal to read about the Bay Area's most effervescent, French School proponent, Isabelle Chapuis Starr. We
hope you enjoy these goodies in the spirit in which we offer them -- with all best wishes for a harmonious
In FBA Focus,
Isabelle Chapuis Starr,
longtime flutist with
Opera San Jose and
faculty member at
San Jose State
Read about her early
life in France, and hear parts of our interview here.
The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble celebrates Messiaen's centenary in style, with a performance of
Le Merle Noir for flute and piano, in a concert that also includes works by Elliott Carter, Ned Rorem, Maurice Ravel, and
Ryan Brown. Left Coast's flutist, Stacey Pelinka, is favored by Bay Area audiences and critics alike for her fluid
style, broad range of tonal colors, and intelligent, honest approach to the music she performs. You can hear her on December
11 in Mill Valley, and December 15 in San Francisco. Find more details and ticket information here.
Few Bay Area flutists are more active or versatile than Tod Brody. Through his work
with the American Composers Forum, he remains in the forefront of contemporary music activity in Northern California. Brody
can be heard in December with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, in two performances of Pierre Boulez'
masterwork, Le Marteau sans maitre. A Contemporary Insights event, on December 7, offers the audience an opportunity
to hear and then discuss Boulez' piece with SFCMP musicians. Serious Craft, a concert on December 8, features
the Boulez work along with the U.S. premier of Luca Francesconi's "smoldering" A Fuoco, plus works by Kaija
Saariaho and Zhou Long. See details and ticket info here.
On Saturday, December 13, Jillian Yu performs
Jacques Ibert's Flute Concerto, with the San Francisco
Conservatory of Music Orchestra. Guest conductor is Alasdair Neale. Yu, who recently completed graduate studies at
SFCM, is an eclectic flutist and pianist who favors Latin as well as classical works. She is on our
short list of talented, young artists to watch. Find ticket info on the Conservatory's Website here.
12/11 & 12/15 - Messiaen: Le Merle Noir
12/13 - Ibert: Flute Concerto
The Laurel Ensemble has earned well deserved praise for prior concerts, even
from very finicky critics. The group's flutist, Sarah Holzman, is a popular Bay Area chamber and opera orchestra
player, with a particular affinity for French music. (As an undergrad at Oberlin, a decade ago, she studied with another
Paris Conservatory legend, Michel Debost.)
The first of three performances by the Laurel Ensemble of Durufle's Prelude, Recitatif et Variations for
Flute, Viola & Piano takes place on February 24, at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. Composed in 1928, this was an
early work by the French organist, composer, and longtime Paris Conservatory professor of harmony, Maurice Durufle.
Also on the program for this concert is a piano trio by Jennifer Higdon. Additional performances are scheduled
for Pacifica on February 28, and in San Francisco on March 26. Find details and ticket info on the ensemble's Website here.
2/24 - Durufle: Prelude, Recitatif et Variations
3/26 - Stallman and Starr at Le Petit Trianon
Along with interesting French music, this season brings an excellent opportunity to hear two of
America's best, French School flutists in concert together.
On March 26, Robert Stallman will be in the Bay Area to perform with Isabelle Chapuis Starr, at
Le Petit Trianon Theater in San Jose. The duo will be joined by pianist Mark Anderson. Stallman and Starr met as students at
the Paris Conservatory in the late 1960's. They now live on opposite coasts of the U.S., but they remain friends
and perform together when possible. Recently, the duo recorded one of Stallman's celebrated, Mozart transcriptions
-- Sinfonia Concertante -- with the Czech Chamber Orchestra, for a new album on the Bogner's Cafe label.
A master class for flutists is planned for March 22, in conjunction with Stallman's visit.
Concert and class details will be posted soon on West Valley Music's Website here.
read much more about Isabelle Chapuis Starr and Robert Stallman in this month's FBA Focus here.
Sir James Galway
celebrates his 69th
on December 8 and is
brilliant as ever.
Sample his new CD,
Congratulations, John Calloway...
...on being nominated for
Latin Jazz Corner's
Best Latin Flute 2008
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