Contributed by the Woodbridge Flute Choir
The Woodbridge Flute Choir (WFC), located in Prince William County in Northern Virginia, recently released its fourth commercial CD titled “Butterfly,” under the artistic direction of Debbie Gilbert. This long awaited fourth album, featuring original pieces written specifically for flute choir, takes listeners on a musical journey through America’s backyard, complete with wildlife, kids, and traffic jams to the sophisticated jazz sounds of New Orleans.
The CD features several works that were commissioned by the Woodbridge Flute Choir. The title piece, Butterfly, composed by Russell Nadel, was inspired by the story of a family-friend’s experience with a red admiral butterfly. In it, the butterfly is represented by a solo piccolo, performed by Woodbridge member, Tara Nadel. Composer Greg Lutz wrote three of the works featured on the CD – Afternoon with the Kiddo, depicting quality time he spends with his child with movements such as “Daddy, Where’s my Cape,” and “The Great Cookie Jar Caper;” Traffic Jam, a funk piece for flute choir; and A Couple of Scenes from New Orleans, premiered by the group at the 2013 National Flute Association convention in New Orleans. Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda’s composition, Solemnities, was commissioned by the group to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2006.
Also included are Kathleen Mayne’s Balcony, portraying a variety of critters that visited her patio, and Valerie Coleman’s Pontchartrain, a New Orleans style “second line” piece written in the tradition of brass band parades.
The CD is available for purchase at www.woodbridgeflutechoir.org or through amazon.com. The three other CDs produced by the WFC includeWoodbridge Suite (2000,) Passages (2002,) and A Silver Christmas (2004.)
About the Woodbridge Flute Choir:
The Woodbridge Flute Choir, directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, has 25 members who play flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute. It was founded in 1996 by Rebecca Jeffreys as an outlet and learning experience for volunteer adult flutists. In the past seventeen years, the choir has progressed from a music group with a modest background to a serious performance ensemble. Since its inception, the WFC has presented a regular concert series in Northern Virginia and has performed at charitable and gala events, Flute Society of Washington events, and flute choir festivals. The Choir has performed at the Kennedy Center and the White House, and most recently was invited to perform at the 2011 and 2013 National Flute Association Conventions. As part of its mission to educate its members and the Washington area flute community, the Choir has sponsored masterclasses and performed with internationally acclaimed flutists such as Per Oien, John Barcellona, Tadeu Coelho, Chris Potter, Alexa Still, Thomas Robertello, Aaron Goldman, and piccolo soloist Nan Raphael. In recognition of the need for new music written specifically for flute choir, the WFC has commissioned and presented world premieres of original works by Gretchen Morse, Nancy Wood, Lee Larsen, Mel Lauf, Jonathan Cohen, Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, Russell Nadel, and Greg Lutz. Since March 2009 the Choir has held an annual Concerto Scholarship Competition for high school flutists. The WFC awards the winner with a scholarship and the opportunity to perform a concerto with the flute choir. The group has produced four commercial CDs – Butterfly, Woodbridge Suite, Passages and A Silver Christmas. All are available for download either on CD Baby, iTunes, or through amazon.com. For more information about the choir, its upcoming concerts and its recordings, please visit www.woodbridgeflutechoir.org.
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