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Feb. 7, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU Chamber Flutes paint musical pictures in concert     


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Chamber Flutes, directed by Stacey Steel, associate professor of music, will perform works that tell stories or provide a musical depiction as part of their 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12, concert in Swope Music Hall.

           “This concert will feature eight flutes, with one player for each part of the arrangement,” Steele said.

           The concert’s “Melange of Neumes,” written by Stephen Lias, offers each movement playing on the classification of “neumes,” the Medieval predecessor to the modern notation system, Steele said.

           “Wyndsong,” by Sonny Burnette, was written to depict four different winds – the “Hayate” of Japan, the Greek “Zephyr,” the Australian “Wylly-Wylly,” and the Cuban “Bayomo.”

            Catherine McMichael, a prolific composer of music for flute, is known for commissions that tell a story about a time or place, Steele said. Her work, “The Mayflower Suite,” composed in 2011, musically depicts Plymouth Landing, the Pilgrims and 1620.

           Also included on the program will be “Floctet,” by Matt Duran and “Serenade for Flute Nonette,” a work the ensemble performed for its composer Lawrence Ink at the 2011 National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

           Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for students.


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