By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
NORMAN, OK – The Oklahoma Flute Society will present its 24th Annual Flute Fair on Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 at the University of Oklahoma Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, in Norman. The event will feature Grammy winning flutist, Molly Barth as guest artist.
Saturday will include a day of performances and workshops for all ages and levels of flutists, featuring Grammy winning flutist, Molly Barth as guest artist. On Sunday, middle and high school students will perform for a flutist adjudicator for comments and awards, and also have the opportunity to attend the guest artist recital and lecture.
The weekend will include classes, concerts, workshops, and exhibits from leading flute professionals and music companies.
Events will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday and conclude after the Honors Recital at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday in Sharp Hall. Awards and prizes will be given immediately following the Honor Recital Performances.
“The Oklahoma Flute Society’s Annual Flute Fair is a two day event serving Oklahoma area flutists of all ages,” said Dr. Elaine Robinson, OFS president. “Flutists of all ages are welcome – from middle school through adulthood. This year will feature a recital and masterclass by guest artist Molly Barth, from the University of Oregon.”
Events will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday and conclude after the Honors Recital at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday in Sharp Hall. Awards and prizes will be given immediately following the Honor Recital performances.
The Guest Artist recital with Molly Barth, accompanied by Sam McGrill, will be held on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Pitman Recital Hall. The performance will include works by Chen Yi, Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, David Lang, Jules Demersseman, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
The Gala Recital will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, featuring the OFS Adult Flute Choir and the winner of the flute competition held earlier that morning. “This year, we’re also featuring performances by flute choirs from area colleges,” Robinson said.
As Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Oregon, Barth is a contemporary music specialist. Molly was a founding member of the new music sextet Eighth Blackbird, with whom she won the 2000 Naumburg Award and the 2007 Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance. She is a co-founder of Duo Damiana, the Damiana Quartet and the Beta Collide New Music Project.
This year’s Fair will feature the Society’s annual Solo & Ensemble Festival for middle and high school students as well as performances by the Honor Flute Choirs on Sunday.
Exhibitors will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Band Room.
This Flute Fair is funded in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Founded in 1994, the Oklahoma Flute Society was created to benefit anyone who loves the flute, and offers learning and performance opportunities for students, teachers, and professional players.
Recent Flute Fair guest artists have included Joshua Smith, Flutronix, Nicole Esposito, Greg Pattillo, Christina Jennings, Ann Fairbanks, Tadeu Coelho, Patricia George, Catherine McMichael, George Pope and Marianne Gedigian.
Committed to promoting new repertoire for flute choir, OFS commissions and premieres include Ray E. Luke’s Sonata for Flute and Piano (1999), Catherine McMichael’s Salt of the Earth (2004), Grace Wiley Smith’s Oklahoma Landscapes (2007), Samuel Magrill’s Serenade for Flute Choir (2008) and Cynthia Folio’s Quintlexia (2013).
Admission to the Flute Fair is free to all Oklahoma Flute Society members. Flute Fair registration and Oklahoma Flute Society annual membership can be purchased in advance or at the door: Adult memberships are $35. Students $25.
OFS Community Outreach Scholarships to attend Flute Festival at no charge are available to individuals who qualify.
Complete information is posted on the website under the Community Outreach tab. Contact Community Outreach Chair Juliana Overmier by using the contact form located here.