Two expert flutists perform 'A Century of Flute Duets' Feb. 21

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

Sunday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m.

Fine Arts Recital Hall

On Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in UAA's Recital Hall, flutists Laura Koenig and Jennifer Father will present "A Century of Flute Duets," a concert showcasing the extreme stylistic diversity of the 20th century. The program ranges from the neo-baroque "Sonatine in Canon Style" (1923) by Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) to the wild sonic world of "Miyabi" (1991) by the very much alive Hitomi Kaneko (b. 1965). The latter work features multiphonics, microtones, tongue clicks, tongue rams, and other techniques that will make this program not only engaging to hear, but also exciting to watch.

For those needing more peaceful fare, duets by Toru Takemitsu and Alan Hovhaness provide an "easy listening" respite.  Father and Koenig will also perform "Variations on a Swedish Folk Tune" by Ingolf Dahl, "Two Pieces" by flutist/composer Harvey  Sollberger,  "Three Pieces" by the unclassifiable John Cage, and "Meriben" by Christopher Caliendo, a composer who specializes in "Gypsy Americano" and shuns tradition in asking performers to play "pop sounding" or "lonesome and weary."

Laura Koenig teaches flute and music history at UAA. As a specialist in baroque and contemporary music, Dr. Koenig has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia. She is a founding member of Jomala, an ensemble devoted to new jazz compositions. Dr. Koenig also directs the Northwind Flute Choir and is a member of the flute quartet Flutissimo.

Jennifer Father is a woodwind repair technician at The Horn Doctor Music Store, specializing in flute repair. Prior to moving to Anchorage, she was a substitute flutist/piccoloist with Wellesley Symphony Orchestra and the Air Force Band of Liberty in Massachusetts. She was a member of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra "Four Rivers 2004" summer concert tour. In addition to performing and working on flutes, she also teaches flute privately and directs The Arctic Wind Junior Flute Choir.

Cost is $18 general; $15 student, senior and military. Tickets are available through CenterTix and the UAA Fine Arts Building Box Office at (907) 786-4849.

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