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Woodbridge Flute Choir Holiday Concert to Benefit Farthest Corners

Contributed by the Woodbridge Flute Choir

Photo provided by WFC
Photo provided by WFC

With guest harpist Cambria Van de Vaarst

Nokesville, VA (November 12, 2013) – The Woodbridge Flute Choir (WFC), directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, will present its annual Holiday Concert onSaturday, December 14, 2013 at 3:00PM at Greenwich Presbyterian Church in Nokesville, VA.

Featured guest harpist Cambria Van de Vaarst will perform Fantasy on Coventry Carol by Catherine McMichael and Greensleeves by Bjorn Martin with the flute choir. Woodbridge members Lisa Sheldone, Zoraya Stern, Ginger Melby and Karen Edwards will be featured as soloists in Vivaldi’s Concerto in e minor. Greenwich music director Lon Quinones will provide piano accompaniment on Silver Winds in the Night by Jackson Berkey, a beautiful arrangement of Silent Night.  Also included will be one movement of Handel’s Concerto Grosso in d minor arranged by John W. Gilbert, Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming arranged by Todd Hayen, plus other seasonal favorites.

The concert will benefit “Farthest Corners,” a non-profit organization based in Nokesville and Thailand that provides humanitarian, medical, spiritual and educational assistance to the displaced people of Burma.  Admission to the concert is free but a free-will offering will be taken for Farthest Corners to purchase medical kits, rice and other necessary items for refugees along the Thailand/Burma border.

The Woodbridge Flute Choir, directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, was founded in 1996 as an outlet and learning experience for volunteer adult flutists.  The WFC has performed in a wide variety of concert series and events in the Washington, DC, metro area.  It has also performed in renowned venues including the Kennedy Center and the White House, and at the National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2011 and in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013.  The group has created three commercial CDs and is currently working on its fourth, and has commissioned a number of world premieres from various composers.  The Woodbridge Flute Choir has 25 members who play flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute.

Debbie Gilbert, the artistic director, resides in Broad Run, Virginia near Warrenton and holds a B.M.E. from Louisiana State University.  She has taught private flute lessons to youth and adults for over 25 years and directed the high school flute choirs in Fauquier County, Virginia for 25 years. This year she was a winner in the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir Competition and performed with that group at their convention in August 2013. She is the principal flutist with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, president of the board of directors of the Flute Society of Washington and directs the adult handbell choir at Greenwich Presbyterian Church.

More information about the Woodbridge Flute Choir, its 2013-2014 season, and its upcoming commercial CD recording project may be found at www.woodbridgeflutechoir.org.

For more information about Farthest Corners Ministries go to www.missionforburma.org.

The Woodbridge Flute Choir is supported in part by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Prince William County Park Authority.

 

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