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 SRU flutists salute conflict, history, fun in Dec. 9 concert 



December 3, 2009

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU flutists salute conflict, history, fun in Dec. 9 concert   


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Flute Choir, Chamber Flutes and two student flute quartets, directed by Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Swope Recital Hall.

           The opening piece, "Fanfare 36" by Kelly Via, will be contrasted by "Peace is the Way," written by flutist/composer Katherine Hoover. Hoover originally wrote the composition for treble choir, later arranging it for flutes and alto flutes. 

           The SRU flutists will surround the audience as they play and will be accompanied by an African drum known as a "Djembe."

           The program's second section will feature two pieces by Catherine McMichael − one for the eight-person SRU Chamber Flutes and the other performed by a student quartet.  

           McMichael is known for her writing, which musically depicts people and places in history. In the SRU concert, "The Falconer" will tell the musical story of the castle Stalcaire (meaning falconer) on the coast of Scotland which dates to 1446. The second McMichael selection, "James Towne Trilogy," tells of the settlement of James Towne in 1607, including conflicts with Native Americans, settler's greed and the beginnings of slavery in this country.  

           The program will offer a flute quartet arrangement of the classic "Die Moldau" by Smetena. The final sections of the program will be the light-hearted and jazzy "Animal Crackers" by Keith Amos, Via's "French Nativity Suite" and "Silver Winds in the Night," by Manheim Steamroller Composer Jackson Berkey.

            Tickets are $3, general public; free for SRU students.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

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