Flute Premieres :::: Schirmer News Winter 2009

Flute Premieres :::: Schirmer News Winter 2009
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On February 22, Thea Musgrave’s new work for flute, viola and harp, Sunrise, receives its world premiere at New York City’s Morgan Library. The performance is part of a series of concerts in which celebrated flutist Carol Wincenc commemorates the fortieth year of her illustrious performance career.

Carol Wincenc This concert also marks the New York debut of Les Amies, a trio of friends formed by Wincenc and New York Philharmonic principal players Cynthia Phelps (viola) and Nancy Allen (harp). For this “Ruby Anniversary Series" — which spans three concerts between November 2009 and March 2010 showcasing six world premieres and many gems of the contemporary flute repertoire — Wincenc has also commissioned Joan Tower. This new work, currently untitled, for flute and string quartet receives its world premiere on March 31 with the Juilliard String Quartet at the Peter J. Sharp Auditorium at the Juilliard School.

Having laid the groundwork for this series while recovering from debilitating injuries she received as a result of a 2007 car accident, Wincenc aims to celebrate life, to pay tribute to all the wonderful collaborations she has been a part of, to honor her incredible teaching experiences, and to cherish the beautiful music she has premiered throughout her career. Commissioning new works and working directly with composers has been a large and joyful part of Wincenc’s professional life. For this celebration, she has specifically chosen composers with whom she feels a particular personal and musical affinity. For Wincenc, these composers offer music that sings — and as she states, "music I feel compelled to sing back." Given the body of work that Wincenc has commissioned over four decades, the composers with whom she has collaborated, and a distinguished career that is truly an inspiration to all performers, Wincenc deserves to be celebrated. Happy Anniversary, Carol!

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