Mercyhurst University welcomes the flute quartet “Flute Force” to Walker Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Monday, March 18. The event, part of the Visiting Artists Series sponsored by the D’Angelo Department of Music, is free and open to the public.
In addition to its Monday evening recital, the quartet will be hosting a master class from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall. During the master class, flute majors of the D’Angelo Department of Music will be coached by the quartet. The community is welcome to come and observe at no charge.
Flute Force, a New York City based quartet, consists of Rie Schmidt, Sheryl Henze, Elizabeth Brown and Wendy Stern, each proficient in all the instruments in the flute family – the piccolo, flute, alto and bass flutes. Their varied and virtuosic program includes the classics to modern multimedia works, including an original composition by Brown titled “A Bookmobile for Dreamers.” The piece features Brown on the theremin, a unique instrument played without physical contact but by moving the hand through electromagnetic fields.
Flute Force, a self-managed group, held its first concerts in 1981 and has distinguished itself as America’s foremost flute quartet. As winner of the Artists International Competition, Flute Force was presented in its Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1985.
Since then, the group has maintained a presence on the chamber music scene by offering innovative and varied programs and continuing its dedication to virtuosic performances. Its members have mined the existing original literature, created their own transcriptions, and commissioned and premiered a substantial number of new works.
Musical America has heralded Flute Force as "an extremely persuasive advocate for the flute quartet medium: four top-quality players in a perfectly balanced and expressive ensemble."
Flute Force has performed extensively in the United States and Canada. The group has collaborated in concerts with renowned flutists Julius Baker and Paula Robison. In March 2002, they performed at the Australian Flute Festival in Melbourne, Australia.
For more information on the Flute Force performance at Mercyhurst, call 814-824-2394.