Monday, May 7, 2012

Flute choir, part 2

Here are some snippets from the second half of our performance on Saturday night. Some of the video will be a little shaky, but I think Nate did a pretty good job capturing so much of our concert while keeping an eye on Sanaa and Layla.

A little about the group (in case you're interested). The Rose City Flute Choir is a non-profit organization that has been together since 1986. There are between 25-30 flute players in the choir. They have performed at a variety of events and play all year long. The year is broken into three seasons (spring, summer, and fall) and at the beginning of each the season the director will send out an email to see who can play for the upcoming season. We just finished the spring season and the group is now gearing up for the summer season. I'll be taking the summer off and plan to join them again in the fall. The flute choir uses the piccolo, concert flute (the one most people are familiar with), alto flute, bass flute, and contrabass flute. I had never seen a contrabass flute before joining this group. It is cool looking! You play the contrabass flute standing up. If you click here you can see a picture of the contrabass flute.

With each piece of music we played, I had a different part. The director doesn't keep certain people on first part or second part. Instead, she mixes it up so that everyone gets a chance to play first, second, third, etc. So on some songs I played first and on others I played second, third, or fourth. 

Pictures at an Exhibition (The 5 Minute Tour) by Modest Mussorgsky, arranged by Judy Nishimura

Vive la France! from Oh, the Places We'll See! by Phyllis Louke (our director)

The Emerald Isle from Oh, the Places We'll See! by Phyllis Louke

Lovely But Rugged from Innes Glas Mor by Lisa LeMay

Kylemore Abbey from Innes Glas Mor by Lisa LeMay

Gogarty's Pub from Innes Glas Mor by Lisa LeMay
(This was our final song. I was so tired by this point that I could not get my fingers to move fast enough, but this was another fun one to play!)

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