Flutists of the New York City Ballet

Date & Time

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 5:00pm

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Monthly Concerts: Flutists of the New York City Ballet
Scott Kemsley, Tanya Witek, Laura Conwesser, and Rie Schmidt
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 of the New York City Ballet

Scott Kemsley, flute
Tanya Witek, flute
Laura Conwesser, flute

Rie Schmidt, flute

Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Program (note 5:00 pm start time)


  Minuet & Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo ed Euridice         Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714-1787)
Scott Kemsley, flute
  Divertimento from Le Baiser de la fée   Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Tanya Witek, flute
  Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor   Claude Debussy (1862-1918), arr. Dunkel
Laura Conwesser, flute
  Syrinx   Claude Debussy
Scott Kemsley, flute
  Valses nobles et sentimentales, Nos. 6 & 7    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
arr. Heifetz
  Solo de flute from Namouna   Edouard Lalo (1823-1892)
arr. M. Moyse
Tanya Witek, flute
  Nocturne and Allegro scherzando   Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941)
  Scott Kemsley, flute
  Quatre Visions** Paul Lustig Dunkel (1943-2018)
Scott Kemsley and Rie Schmidt, flutes
Tanya Witek, flute and piccolo • Laura Conwesser, alto flute
**Laura Conwesser's program notes for the piece can be found here.
This concert is presented in honor of Frances Blaisdell and Frederick Wilkins.


Program subject to change.

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

Laura Conwesser, the associate flute of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, was born and raised in New York City, where she attended public schools. She graduated from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julius Baker. As an active member of the New York freelance community, she is principal flute of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Westchester Philharmonic. Ms. Conwesser has performed with Orpheus, the New York Philharmonic, the Boehm Quintette, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and many other musical organizations. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Westchester Philharmonic, American Symphony, and Paul Taylor Dance Company. As part of a long-term commitment to contemporary music, she is an original member of the American Composers Orchestra. 

A native of North Carolina, Scott Kemsley joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra in the spring of 2018 as principal flutist. He is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School, where he received a bachelor of music degree and studied with Jeffrey Khaner. Mr. Kemsley has also played with various other orchestras, including the Florida Grand Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke's, New World Symphony, Orchestra Miami, and the Palm Beach Symphony. As a soloist, he has been a prizewinner at several international and regional competitions. He was first prize winner in the North Carolina Symphony's Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Young Artist Competition, which resulted in a concerto performance with the orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 after being named a first prize winner of the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. 

Rie Schmidt, a graduate of SUNY Purchase, made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1983 as a winner of the Artists International Competition. She is a member of the Westchester Philharmonic and American Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, and many Broadway shows. She and her husband, guitarist Benjamin Verdery, concertize as a duo throughout the USA and Europe, and she is a founding member of Flute Force, a flute quartet. She teaches at the Bloomingdale School of Music, 92Y School of Music, and the Allen-Stevenson School. 

Tanya Witek is a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center. She has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Ballet Theater, Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Witek received her master's and doctoral degrees from Juilliard as a student of Carol Wincenc. She has appeared at the Banff and Marlboro Music Festivals and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Her solo CD, which includes sonatas by Reinecke, Martinu and Schulhoff, was released in 2006 on the MSR label. Formerly on the faculty at Montclair State University, Ms. Witek has also worked as a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Institute. She is the co-founder of BridgeMusik, based in Rockland County, NY, an organization that creates bridges between young musicians, professional musicians, and the community. 

Pianist Margaret Kampmeier enjoys a varied career as soloist, collaborative artist and educator. Ms. Kampmeier has performed with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, Kronos Quartet, Sherman Chamber Ensemble, Richardson Chamber Players, and Mirror Visions Ensemble. As orchestral keyboardist, she performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and is a frequent guest of the New York Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Ms. Kampmeier can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Koch, Nonesuch, and Bridge labels. She teaches piano and chamber music at Princeton University, and is chair and artistic director of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music. She attended the Eastman School of Music and holds a doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Gilbert Kalish.

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