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Mid to Late Twentieth Century Flute Sonata Recital

by Ellen Burr

CA

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My favorite era of sonatas is the mid to late twentieth century.  This music has influenced my personal musical voice as well as fueling my love of music. This past decade I have been focusing on developing my improvisation: developing teaching games, organizing groups and presenting clinics.  This concert is important in my career to stay in the spotlight as a performing soloist.  I have chosen three flute and piano sonatas to present by Taktakishvili, Martinu and Jolivet.

This concert is important for me as a concertizing flutist.  So often, I get busy with teaching, making my flute jewelry and playing in other groups that years can go by without having played a solo recital.  The music that I’m presenting is important to be heard, esp. the Jolivet Sonata.  Flutists tend to play music prior to 1950 or if they are interested in modern works it tends to be post 1980. During this period there was a wonderful wealth of sonatas written that are truly duets between the flutist and pianist.

I have worked with many accompanists over the years and this concert is unique in the fact that I will be playing with a different accompanist for each piece.  These are three of my favorites: Lorenzo Sanchez, Polly Schaffner, and William Schmidt.  These gifted musicians bring music to life.  When I play with them I feel like we are having a conversation and that we are presenting a musical drama.  By that I mean we are communicating emotions and interpersonal relationships with notes and timbres instead of words.

Ensemble rehearsals have already started so that we can present the concert on January 25, 2015 at 3pm in Santa Monica at Crossroads School’s performance hall.  The concert will be recorded.

I want to raise $2,500 to pay for hall rental, accompanist fees, recording and mixing fees, CD duplication fees and finally a fee for myself as a performer.

The rest will pay for the recording rights for the three pieces, performer and engineer fees to record and mix them in the studio,  hen mastering for a publicly released recording. All of my publicly released solo CD's have been of my improvisations.  This would be the first CD of written music.  That would be significant for me as a performer and the Jolivet Sonata has not been recorded very much. (I was only able to find 3 recordings of this work.)   All performers (the accompanists and myself) are not asking for much, so if I overfund, I would like to pay the accompanists more for their talents.

Thank you all for following my in my many performances over the years, and thank you in advance for helping fund this project.  Having money to produce this concert allows me more time to focus on the practicing and making of the art.

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    • April 07, 2015 Kim Vinson Community Member

      I attended the concert held on January 25th and it was glorious! A portrait filled with beauty, innovation, unique colors that continued to unfold throughout each page. Yes, this was as a novel with each page displaying another layer to the story told with various forms of artistry. One's spirit, soul, and body were involved as we listened. Beautiful!

    • April 07, 2015 Kim Vinson Community Member

      I attended the concert held on January 25th and it was glorious! A portrait filled with beauty, innovation, unique colors that continued to unfold throughout each page. Yes, this was as a novel with each page displaying another layer to the story told with various forms of artistry. One's spirit, soul, and body were involved as we listened. Beautiful!

    • January 17, 2015 Ellen Burr Artist

      Concert Date is January 25, 3pm. Crossroads School, Roth Hall. 1714 - 21st Street, Santa Monica, CA. Just south of Olympic.

    • December 24, 2014 David Avshalomov Artist

      Ellen, best of luck with this!

      • December 25, 2014 Ellen Burr Artist

        Thanks David! Rehearsals are going great and the initial request has been positive!