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 SRU Flute Choir, Chamber Flutes to Release First CD at Sunday Concert 




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     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  The Slippery Rock University Flute Choir and Chamber Flutes will release their first CD titled "Flute Garden" as part of a 7:30 p.m. Sunday [Dec. 4] concert in Swope Recital Hall.

     The CD under the direction of Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music, was recorded in May and will be available prior to and following the concert as well as from the SGA Bookstore in the University Union. Steele  points out, “The decision to record a CD was made because of the large number of very strong players participating in the flute program spring semester.” More than 20 students joined in the recording session.

     Among the nine selections featured on the CD, $10, are the easy listening “Dawn of Peace,” by Mark Pope, and “Simple Gifts,” arranged by Ricky Lombardo, to “The Rose Cottage” and “Hiawatha and the West Wind,” both by Catherine McMichael. The jazzy “That’s Plenty,” arranged by Bill Holcomb, are featured along with two of the choir’s all-time favorites “Monochrome V” by Peter Schickele, and “Silver Winds in the Night” by Jackson Berkey, which will be included in Sunday’s concert.

     Joining the University Flute Choir for Sunday’s concert will be returning alumni flutists as well as music students Erica Arnold of Reinhold on piano, Scott Dawson of Pittsburgh on bass and mandolin, Jared Negley of Butler on bass, Justin Chesarek of Renfrew on percussion, Ellen Gross of Emmaus on guitar, and Mike Zeiler of Natrona Heights as Santa Claus and narrator. 

      Highlights of the diverse program include a "surround sound" opening number titled “Psalm 19” by Baroque composer Benedetto Marcello, Mozart's “Overture to the Magic Flute” and the newly published “Legend of the Sleeping Bear” by McMichael telling the Native-American story of the majestic sand dunes along Lake Michigan. Also featured will be a depiction of school children during recess titled “Tag” by David Wells. 

      This year the flutists will also venture into the world of Celtic music, offering a medley of Irish folk tunes arranged by Steele. Two pieces of contrasting styles, a musical version of McMichael’s “The Night Before Christmas” narrated by Santa, followed by an arrangement of “Silent Night” titled “Silver Winds in the Night” are also included in the program. 

      Tickets are $3 for the general public with all students admitted free.




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