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Recap of March Recital at BFA

The BFA Repertory Ensemble & Seminar

The BFA’s series of spring recitals for 2012 began on Sunday, March 25th, with the March Recital.  The concert featured members of the Adult Ensemble, the Repertory Ensemble & Seminar class, and solo performances by students who take private lessons at the BFA.  Faculty member Debbie Emery accompanied the soloists on piano.

See below for program details.  Congratulations to all of the performers, and thank you to all of the friends and families in the audience for your support!

Andante, by William Eisenhauer; and Gavotte, by J. S. Bach

Elizabeth McCormack, BFA Preparatory Program

Gavotte, by Gabriel Faure

Ina Suresh, BFA Repertory Program

Allegro, from Sonata in g minor, by J. S. Bach

Alexandra Conza, BFA Conservatory Program

Fantaisie, by Gabriel Faure

Emma Huelskamp, BFA Young Artist

Cantabile et Presto, by Georges Enesco

Mary Kathryn Abel, BFA College Division

Bryn-e-Celyn, from Children of the Wind, by Catherine McMichael

BFA Adult Ensemble & Seminar Performers: Geraldine Morillo Barazarte, Danielle Castelli, & Ceylon Mitchell, flutes; Louise Schneider, alto flute; Peter Kussell, bass flute.

Ave Maria, by Franz Biebl (arr. by BFA flutist Chrysostom Arthur); Strange Birds, from Spirit of Ink, by Alan Hovhaness; and Scherzo Brillante, by Arthur Severn

BFA Repertory Ensemble & Seminar: Sam Chestna, Yumi Lee, Ned Martenis, Ina Suresh, & Sophia Zeng, flutes; Kimani Taylor, bass flute; Nicholas Fitton and Ceylon Mitchell, Teaching Assistants; Judy Grant, Conductor.

Irlandaise, from Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano, by Claude Bolling

Yumi Lee, BFA Repertory Program

Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando, by Philippe Gaubert

Jamie Park, BFA Conservatory Program

Sonata for Flute & Piano, Mvts. 2 and 1, by Francis Poulenc

Geraldine Morillo Barazarte, BFA Teacher Training Program

Sonata for Flute & Piano, Mvts. 3 and 4, by Robert Muczynski

Nicholas Fitton, BFA Young Artist (Collegiate Division)

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BFA Student Angela Koh to Perform with Cynthia Meyers, 2/26

Congratulations to BFA flutist Angela Koh, who will be performing a duo flute concerto with BSO member Cynthia Meyers this Sunday, February 26th, at 6:30pm at St. Marks School in Southborough, MA.  Angela and Ms. Meyers will perform the Telemann Duo Concerto in e minor for 2 flutes and strings.  They will also perform Aubade by Gordon Jacob for 2 flutes and clarinet.

Angela is in 11th grade at St. Mark’s School and studies with Judy Grant at BFA.  The concert is free and open to the public!

Full Concert Program


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Boston Symphony Orchestra Invites BFA Young Artist Quartet to Perform Outreach Concert

The BFA Young Artist Quartet members (Brendan Dooley, Emma Huelskamp, Elizabeth Sperry, and Jinji Zhang) were honored with an invitation to perform in a Boston Symphony Orchestra outreach concert at the Edison School in Brighton, MA, which took place on Friday, January 6, 2012.  The event was organized by BSO representative Emilio Gonzales (Manager of Curriculum Research and Development), and also featured BSO representative Cynthia Meyers (solo piccolo for the BSO).

During the concert, the Young Artist Quartet performed George McKay’s “Lyric Poem” as a quartet, plus each played solo works that demonstrated different aspects of flute technique.

Thank you to Emilio Gonzales and Cynthia Meyers for their superb organization of the event, and for their invitation to the quartet!  Also, thank you to Brendan, Emma, Elizabeth, and Jinji for volunteering their time and playing so beautifully!  It was a rewarding experience for everyone involved!

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Coming this September 2011: PROJECT Trio

BFA kicks off its 4th season by presenting PROJECT Trio for a concert and two masterclasses, September 10-11, 2011!  Featuring world-famous beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo, PROJECT Trio started off as a Youtube sensation and is an ensemble of virtuosic, genre-bending performers emerging from classical music roots.  This is the group’s first-ever appearance in Boston, and it’s sure to be an incredible weekend!  Click here for more information and ticket purchasing options.

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BFA Gala Concert, Featuring Premiere of "Mayflower Suite"

Heather Kent conducting everyone in "Mayflower Suite"
Graduating seniors
Judy and Deborah with the graduating seniors (L-R: Jiweon Ryu, Catherine Jones, Judy Grant, Deborah DeWolf Emery, Mayuko Akimoto, and Madeline Aiken)

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, BFA hosted a special end-of-season Gala Concert Celebration.  The program featured the Young Artist Ensemble, the Repertory Ensemble, and the new Adult Ensemble.  In addition, the 4 graduating seniors from BFA’s Young Artist program performed solo works: Jiweon Ryu played Bela Bartok’s “Suite Paysanne Hongroise,” Madeline Aiken played Franz Doppler’s “Hungarian Pastorale Fantasie,” Catherine Jones played Ian Clarke’s “Great Train Race,” and Mayuko Akimoto played Franz Schubert’s “Variations on ‘Trockne Blumen.'”

In addition, the Young Artist Ensemble, Repertory Ensemble, and Adult Ensemble members combined together to perform the premiere of Catherine McMichael’s “The Mayflower Suite,” a newly-commissioned work for flute ensemble.  Dedicated to the students and faculty of the BFA, it is inspired by the founding of Plimouth Plantation in 1620.  The first movement, “Plimouth Landing,” evokes the excitement, apprehension, anticipation, and fears of those first European settlers in the New England area.  The musical letters B- F#-A (the Boston Flute Academy monogram) generate the themes in the opening and closing sections.  The contrapuntal form, common to the early Baroque period, is reminiscent of the type of music the settlers might have been familiar with.  The middle section is a rolling serenade, evoking the ocean crossing.

The second movement, “The Pilgrim,” is a portrait in courage, strength, and suffering.  The rising line suggests hope, and the minor key evokes the struggles and challenges.

The third movement, “1620,” is more joyful, also set in ne0-Baroque contrapuntal style.  The theme is tossed from flute to flute, from low to high, right-side-up and upside-down.

The overall structure of the piece was inspired by the Gigue from the French Suite in G Major by J. S. Bach.  Although Bach wrote that at least 100 years after the Pilgrims’ landing, it was chosen as a blueprint because the architecture of the piece is a culmination of the best of the Baroque period, which is when the Pilgrims lived.

Catherine McMichael is a pianist, composer, performer, arranger, and teacher in Saginaw, Michigan.