Gala Centennial Concert

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Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 8:00pm

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Special Events: Gala Centennial Concert
A program of works premiered at the NY Flute Club and closely associated with it (SPECIAL EVENT)
Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street, NYC.


Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street, NYC.

Gala Centennial Concert

Join us to celebrate our centennial in a program of works premiered at the NY Flute Club and closely associated with it. The featured work will be our centennial commission: Five Andean Improvisations by Gabriela Lena Frank, played by Carol Wincenc. Other repertoire includes Georges Barrère’s own Nocturne and the Martinu sonata (Robert Langevin); the Burton Sonatina (Mindy Kaufman); Katherine Hoover’s Kokopeli (Paula Robison); Robert Dick playing his own Flute Photosynthesis; and Henry Brant’s Angels and Devils, with Linda Chesis as soloist and Michael Parloff conducting. Hosted by Nancy Toff. A pdf of the printed program and program notes can be found here.

Note: Admission to this special event is not included with membership. Tickets must be purchased from Merkin Hall either at the box office or online: $35 (regular), $100 (premium), $15 (student, in person with ID at the box office), or $25 (member, up to two tickets). The member discount code can be found in the October 2019 NYFC Newsletter (p. 2, in concert box).


Nocturne (1913)    Georges Barrère (1876-1944)
Robert Langevin, flute; Bryan Wagorn, piano
Sonatina (1948)   Eldin Burton (1913-1981)
Mindy Kaufman, flute; Bryan Wagorn, piano
The New York Flute Club: A Very Short History Nancy Toff
Kokopeli (1990)   Katherine Hoover (1937-2018)
Paula Robison, flute
Morceau de concours (1898)   Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), ed. Anabel Hulme Brieff
Five Andean Improvisations (2019)   Gabriela Lena Frank (b. 1972)
     World premiere, commissioned by the NYFC in honor of its centennial
Carol Wincenc, flute; Bryan Wagorn, piano
First Sonata (1945)   Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)
Robert Langevin, flute; Bryan Wagorn, piano
Flute Photosynthesis (1998)   Robert Dick (b. 1950)
Robert Dick, flute
Angels and Devils (1931)   Henry Brant (1913-2008)
Linda Chesis, flute soloist; Michael Parloff, conductor
Flute orchestra: Kaoru Hinata, Svjetlana Kabalin, Patricia Zuber, piccolo; Judith
Mendenhall, Rie Schmidt, Jayn Rosenfeld, Patricia Spencer, David Wechsler, flute;
Sue Ann Kahn, Wendy Stern, alto flute
Program subject to change


Linda Chesis has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major halls throughout the U.S., France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Korea and China. A top prizewinner at the Paris and Barcelona International Competitions and the National Flute Association Competition, she received a Solo Recitalist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Linda Chesis is the founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She has been a guest artist at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Salzburg Mozarteum, the Spoleto Festival, Bravo! Colorado, Tanglewood Music Festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival, and Music from Angel Fire. Ms. Chesis has been on the flute and chamber music faculties at Manhattan School of Music since 1986. In 1988 she was appointed chair of the woodwind department, and in 2012 she was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching. She studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatory, earning the premier prix in flute and performing for a season as principal flute of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Ms. Chesis’ recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch, and Music Masters labels.

Robert Dick, improviser, composer, author, teacher, and inventor, performs worldwide. His primary flute teachers were Henry Zlotnik, James Pappoutsakis, Julius Baker, and Thomas Nyfenger. Dick’s books include THE OTHER FLUTE: A Performance Manual of Contemporary Techniques, Tone Development through Extended Techniques, and Circular Breathing for the Flutist. His pedagogical works include the etudes Flying Lessons, introductory multiphonic pieces such as Lookout and Fish Are Jumping, and instructional recordings and videos. He is the inventor of the Glissando Headjoint®. RobertDick teaches at NYU and the CUNY Graduate Center and maintains an active private teaching studio. He holds a BA and MM in composition from Yale and has received many commissions, grants and prizes for his compositions, includingthe Guggenheim Fellowship and the Pro Musicis Foundation International Award. He received the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Mindy Kaufman joined the New York Philharmonic in 1979 at the age of 22, after playing for three years with the Rochester Philharmonic. She received a bachelor of music from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Walfrid Kujala, James Galway, and Bonita Boyd. Ms. Kaufman has performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel. For one season she substituted as principal flute with the Milwaukee Symphony. She has performed at the Moab Music Festival, Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music, and Grand Teton Music Festival. Ms. Kaufman has recorded more than 40 films.

Robert Langevin joined the New York Philharmonic as principal flute in 2000 and made his solo debut with the orchestra in May 2001. Mr. Langevin previously held the Jackman Pfouts Principal Flute Chair of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and taught at Duquesne University. He served as associate principal of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for 13 years. As a member of Musica Camerata Montreal and l’Ensemble de la Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, he premiered many works, including the Canadian premiere of Pierre Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maître. He served on the faculty of the University of Montreal for nine years.
     Robert Langevin studied with Jean-Paul Major at the Montreal Conservatory, with Aurèle Nicolet at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, and with Maxence Larrieu in Geneva, winning second prize at the Budapest International Competition in 1980. Mr. Langevin is currently on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Orford International Summer Festival. 

Principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1977 until his retirement in 2008, Michael Parloff has been heard regularly as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He has collaborated with such noted artists as Jessye Norman, James Galway, Peter Serkin, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Hampson, Jaime Laredo, James Levine, and the Emerson String Quartet and has performed on numerous occasions at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a lecturer, conductor, and teacher, Michael Parloff has appeared at major conservatories and university music schools in the United States and abroad. These venues include The Juilliard School, Yale University, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Tanglewood, and the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland. He is also a regular lecturer and concert organizer for Ponant Cruises. Mr. Parloff is the founder and artistic director of Parlance Chamber Concerts in Ridgewood, NJ. He has been a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music since 1985.

Paula Robison won first prize at the Geneva Competition in 1966, the first American ever to receive this honor. She joined the roster of the newly-formed Young Concert Artists and embarked on a groundbreaking  career as a flute soloist. She has commissioned works for flute and orchestra by Leon Kirchner, Toru Takemitsu, Oliver Knussen, Robert Beaser, and Kenneth Frazelle, premiered music written for her by Lowell Liebermann and Michael Tilson Thomas, and performed a rich spectrum of music from Mozart concerti to Brazilian samba worldwide. Paula Robison was a founding artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and performed there for 20 seasons. During the same time she was co-director with Scott Nickrenz of the Noontime Concerts at the Spoleto Festivals. She was awarded the Premio Pegaso and the Adelaide Ristori Prize for her contributions to Italian cultural life. Paula Robison has recorded extensively, taught at the Juilliard School, and given classes all over the world. She now holds the Donna Hieken Flute Chair at New England Conservatory.

Nancy Toff is the author of The Development of the Modern Flute (1979), The Flute Book (third edition, 2012), and Monarch of the Flute: The Life of Georges Barrère (2005) and was curator of the exhibition Georges Barrère and the Flute in America at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, for which she wrote the catalog (1994). For her work on Barrère she has received the Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music from the Music Library Association and grants from the Sinfonia Foundation and the American Musicological Society. She is president and archivist of the New York Flute Club and vice president and executive editor at Oxford University Press, and also serves as archivist of the National Flute Association. Ms. Toff received the National Flute Association’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award. A graduate of Harvard, she studied flute with Arthur Lora and James Pappoutsakis.

Canadian pianist Bryan Wagorn serves as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and regularly performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as soloist, chamber musician, and recital accompanist to leading singers and instrumentalists. He has performed in recital for the George London Foundation, Marilyn Horne Foundation, and Richard Tucker Foundation and with such artists as Nadine Sierra, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Joyce DiDonato, Pinchas Zukerman, Carol Wincenc, and the New York Woodwind Quintet. A participant in the Marlboro Music Festival and music staff at the Glyndebourne Festival, Mr. Wagorn has also served on the faculty of the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute and Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra. He has been a guest coach at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Glyndebourne Festival’s Jerwood Young Artist Program. He made his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2009, has made two extensive tours with Jeunesses Musicales de Canada, and has performed chamber music with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony. Mr. Wagorn serves on the faculty of Mannes College of Music.

Carol Wincenc was first prize winner of the (sole) Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association, the National Society of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music, and Distinguished Alumni Awards from Manhattan School of Music and the Brevard Music Center. She has appeared as soloist with such ensembles as the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit and London Symphonies, the BBC, Warsaw and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as the Los Angeles, Stuttgart and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras. Ms. Wincenc has premiered numerous works written for her by Christopher Rouse, Henryk Gorecki, Lukas Foss, Jake Heggie, Paul Schoenfeld, Tod Machover, Yuko Uebayashi, Thea Musgrave, Andrea Clearfield, Shi-Hui Chen, and Joan Tower. Ms. Wincenc is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet and a founding member of Les Amies with New York Philharmonic principals Nancy Allen, harpist, and Cynthia Phelps, violist. Ms. Wincenc is on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University.

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