Monday, November 7, 2016

Lincoln's Flute Choir: Discover the variety of flutes

In 2013, a trio of flute playing friends decided to form a Lincoln flute choir, now known as Coro di Flauti. Perhaps you’ve never seen a flute besides the flute and piccolo: so how is it that there can be 17 members in the group and upcoming concert?

Coro di Flauti will perform
3:00pm, on Sun, Nov. 13th, 2016
Holy Savior Lutheran Church
Coro di Flauti will perform on Sunday, November 13th at 3:00pm at Holy Savior Lutheran Church. If you attend, you will discover and delight in the sounds of Lincoln’s flute choir consisting of “piccolo, which sounds an octave above the standard flute, C flute, alto flute, which sounds a fourth below the concert C flute and bass flute, an octave below the C flute. Professional flute choirs often add a contrabass flute, two octaves below the C flute.” 

"we would love...a contrabass
...about eight feet tall..."
Rebecca Grote, Librarian and Administrator for Coro di Flauti, shared with LincolnCMN that “one of the comments we hear the most is that most were not aware of any kind of flutes besides the flute and piccolo. The flute choir sound is new to the community and not heard in Lincoln outside of the UNL flute studio of Dr. John Bailey.” Despite the variety of flutes already in Lincoln’s flute choir, they are hoping for more: “we would love to acquire a contrabass flute to add to our instrumentation, which sounds two octaves below the C flute.  It is about eight feet tall and is played standing up.” 

Already enjoy the sound of the flute? Then be sure to attend this concert; experience the variety and range of the flute family! Enjoy a program of classical and sacred music including 'Remembrances' by Kelly Via, which is “much loved by Coro. It is a gorgeous flute choir arrangement of Claude Debussy's 'Clair de Lune'.  Kelly Via has midwest connections by the way, as he received his Bachelor of Music from Drake University in Des Moines, IA.”

Besides the sacred and classical works that will be performed on the concert on Sunday, Lincoln’s flute choir enjoys playing “for the St. Paul Friday concert series [which] has allowed us to explore flute choir music other than sacred. Early next year we have been invited to perform for the opening of an exhibition of Japanese quilts at the International Quilt Museum, so Coro is performing Japanese-themed music. It has been an interesting experience to program for a variety of types of performances.”

Flute choirs, becoming more and more popular since the 1970s, have been a wonderful way for flute players to perform together and more frequently since flute parts are often limited in orchestras and bands. In fact, “there is a vast amount of quality flute choir music to select from” although Coro di Flauti “would love” a world premiere composed for them by a local composer sometime in the future. 

Sunday’s performance is just one way that the flute choir not only enjoys the opportunity to make music together as flutists but also to “culturally and musically enrich the community”—their audience: you.

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