Flutists and friends of the American Ballet Theatre

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Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 5:30pm

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Monthly Concerts: Flutists and friends of the American Ballet Theatre
POSTPONED. Judith Mendenhall, Karen Purpura, Diva Goodfriend-Koven, & Karla Moe. Video
Engelman Recital Hall Baruch Performing Arts Center 55 Lexington Avenue   (entrance on E. 25th Street) New York, New York


Engelman Recital Hall
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue
  (entrance on E. 25th Street)
New York, New York

Flutists and friends of the American Ballet Theatre

Judith Mendenhall, flute
Karen Purpura, flute
Diva Goodfriend-Koven, flute
Karla Moe, flute

Program (see below) POSTPONED. Video clips in the meantime:
Judith Mendenhall et al. in SLEEPING BEAUTY: Bluebird pas de deux

Diva Goodfriend-Koven et al. in SLEEPING BEAUTY: Canary Variation


  Overture to The Nutcracker         Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
  Sonate en Trio No. 1 in D Major   Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
  Ballet Potpourri:    

Selections from Manon

  Jules Massenet (1842–1912)
(arr. for three flutes & alto flute by R. McHenry)
  Pizzicati from Sylvia   Léo Delibes (1836–1891)
(arr. for three flutes by M. Orliss)
  Piccolo solo from Coppélia
   Diva Goodfriend-Koven
  L. Delibes
(arr. for piccolo and piano by M. Rearick)

Firebird Suite
   Diva Goodfriend-Koven

  Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
(adapted for flute and piano by K. MacLeod)
  Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream  

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
(arr. G. Ittzés for three flutes & alto flute)


Romeo and Juliet Suite for flute and piano
   Judith Mendenhall

  Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
(arr. J. Mendenhall from L. Baich and M. Fleztberger)
  Sleeping Beauty Suite for three flutes and piano   P.I. Tchaikovsky
(arr. David Carp)

Program subject to change.

Admission: Free to NYFC members, $25 for non-members, $15 for students and seniors (65+) at the door.

Diva Goodfriend-Koven has performed worldwide as a soloist, in chamber music, and with major orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, , New Jersey Symphony, NYCity Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra. She is a longtime member of the ABT Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and the American Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the contemporary music group Locrian Chamber Players and Ragdale Ensemble and a former member of the Borealis Woodwind Quintet. She has performed with Serenata Santa Fe for six seasons. Diva Goodfriend-Koven has recorded numerous film scores and recorded CDs with pop stars including Sting and John Legend. She has appeared on the Letterman show and SNL and in live shows with Sting, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Lena Horne, and Luciano Pavarotti.  Ms. Goodfriend-Koven has been a member of the Bard Music Festival for thirty years. She has coached and taught master classes at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Montclair State (NJ), and Carnegie Mellon University. She was a faculty member at the Apple Hill Music Center for ten years.

Judith Mendenhall is the principal flutist of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and a member of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble. She has appeared in thirteen nationwide Musicians from Marlboro tours and was a founding member of the Music Today Ensemble and the Naumburg Award-winning Aulos Wind Quintet. Her principal flute positions include the New York Chamber Symphony and the Mostly Mozart, Grand Teton, and Colorado Festival Orchestras. She was the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award from the New School University and Mannes, where she is wind department chair and faculty. She is also on the faculty of Queens College. Her annual summer festivals include the Interlochen Flute Institiute, Aria Summer Music Academy, and a master class-recital tour of Taiwan every two years. She has recorded for Columbia Records, Delos, Vox, Bridge, Koch, CRI, and the Marlboro Recording Society.

Karla Moe has an active career as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist and teacher. She played with the New York City Opera for many years and plays frequently with the American Symphony and its Bard Summer Festival. She works with the American Ballet Theatre, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, and New York Choral Society, Oratorio Society of New York and is principal flutist of the New York Grand Opera, New Jersey State Opera, and the Cecilia Orchestra of Carnegie Hall. She is a member of the Quintet of the Americas. Karla Moe is on the faculty of LIU Post, where she is also the director of woodwind studies. She has played for countless Broadway shows, including Lion King and Wicked. A graduate of St. Olaf College, Ms. Moe earned a master’s degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Karen Purpura is a member of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Cecilia Orchestra, and Teatro Grattacielo. Before joining ABT, she held the piccolo chair with the New Jersey Symphony and was a member of  the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Long Island Philharmonic and performed regularly with the New York City Opera and on Broadway. Karen Purpura graduated from Juilliard, where she studied with Arthur Lora. She began her flute studies at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, where she studied with Murray Panitz and won the student competition to solo with the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

Pianist David LaMarche has been working as a conductor in the field of dance for 35 years, with a repertoire of more than 150 ballets. He is currently on the staff of American Ballet Theatre, and is the music director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. As a writer, Mr. LaMarche is a contributor to New York Concert Review and Ballet News.

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