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Metropolitan Flute Orchestra Tours Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic 2014

The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra concert tour to Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic was a resounding success, with concerts in Budapest, Hungary; Krakow, Poland, Kromeriz and Prague in the Czech Rebuplic. With a theme of “A Bohemian Flute Rhapsody”, the ensemble performed beautiful music representing the countries we visited, including von Suppe’s Pique Dame Overture, Liszt’s ethereal Angelus! Prayer to the Guardian Angels, and the exciting Danse Slav by Chabrier. Two well known and loved classics, Dvorak’s final movement from the “New World” Symphony and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No 2, captivated audiences everywhere. In addition, audiences were treated to American music with a jazzy rendition of two spirituals, Eventide Soliloquy by director Paige Long and Cohen’s L’Esprit des Petits Enfants. Each concert venue was filled to capacity, with some concerts having standing room only.

To an enthusiastic audience of over 1,100 in the historic St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra’s opening concert was a benefit concert, raising money for a Hungarian children’s charity. To be selected to perform in such a magnificent venue, with an overflowing audience, was an incredible start to the concert tour.


Metropolitan Flute Orchestra in concert at St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary


Audience is arriving for Metropolitan Flute Orchestra concert at St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary

Next the ensemble headed to Krakow where we performed with Polish flutists in the Renaissance Room of the Polonia House, in the old city center. There is a permanent exhibition of posters, photographs and memorabilia connected with Frederic Chopin in the Polonia House. It was great fun meeting and performing with Polish flute professor Renata Guzik from the Academy of Music in Krakow.

The Palace of the Archbishop’s in Kromeriz, Czech Republic, the third concert venue, is a majestic palace steeped in history. In this palace Emperor Franz Joseph 1 took over the throne, Russian tsars and Austrian emperors held strategic conferences, and visiting dignitaries have stayed, including Pope John Paul II. The large, ornate concert hall, where the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra performed, was used in the filming of the movie Amadeus. In addition to the incredible rooms of the palace, the sculptured lawns and gardens were beautiful.


Metropolitan Flute Orchestra sound check before concert in the Palace of the Archbishop's in Kromeriz, Czech Republic


Metropolitan Flute Orchestra in one of the gardens of the Palace of the Archbishop's in Kromeriz, Czech Republic

In Prague’s Old Town Square, just steps away from the famous astronomical clock, is the beautiful St. Nicholas Church, where the ensemble played the final concert of the 2014 concert tour. With resounding standing ovations at the end of every concert, audiences keep asking to hear more music. The sound of this spontaneous applause is music to the ears of the flutists in the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra. This truly was an incredible “Bohemian Flute Rhapsody”!

Metropolitan Flute Orchestra Tours Germany, Austria, and Slovakia, 2012

In July of 2012, flutists from the select ensemble of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra presented an exciting concert tour, performing concerts in Munich, Germany; Hallstatt Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna, Austria. Musical selections included works from German, Austrian and Slovakian composers, as well as American composers. The music was a wide variety of classics such as the Scherzo from Beethoven’s Symphony No 6, the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony No 41, “Jupiter”, Brahms Hungarian Dance No 5, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No 7, as well as Coleman’s Pontchartrain, ending in New Orleans jazz and traditional American shaker tune, Simple Gifts, sung by percussionist Elizabeth MacDonald. The crowd pleasing encores were eBow’s Ride the Matterhorn and Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch Polka.

Within the ensemble on tour, there were three American composers: Jonathan Cohen in the contrabass section; Laurence Dresner in the percussion section and Paige Dashner Long as director and sub contrabass flute in G. The ensemble performed Cohen’s Notes From the Flock; Long’s award winning composition Eventide Soliloquy, as well as a new flute orchestra work by Dresner, Funk and Variations.

In Munich, the ensemble presented a joint concert with the Munchner Flotenensemble. (Munich Flute Ensemble) The ensembles performed separately, as well as joining together to perform the first movement of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Klengel’s Hymnus, Opus 57. The Mozart was arranged by the directors of the Munich Flute Ensemble Elisabeth Weinzierl and Edmund Wachter and the Klengel was arranged by Paige Long.

Next, the ensemble headed to Salzburg, Austria and the beautiful Salzkammergut district, the lakes region. The enthusiastic audience in the picturesque village of Hallstatt, Austria was one of the many highlights of the tour. Of course while in Salzburg, the MET toured the home where Mozart was born and visited the cathedral where Mozart was baptized, while enjoying the beautiful Austrian scenery.

At the Franciscan Church in the old city center of Bratislava, Slovakia, playing to a standing room only crowd, the ensemble performed a full concert, plus three encores. The audience kept asking for more.

Next the ensemble headed to the Austrian capitol of Vienna, the city known as the music capitol of the world. The final concert of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra tour was presented in the rooftop concert hall of the historic St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.** The concert hall was sold out and the concert raised over $5,000 Euro (approx $6,300) for the restoration of the cathedral. Members of the ensemble were also able to walk outside of the rooftop hall and touch the famous diamond- patterned tile roof of the cathedral. What an incredible way to end a concert tour!

** The Gothic cathedral of St. Stephen’s is an historic and cultural landmark. The young Haydn was a choir boy for St. Stephen’s and both Mozart and Haydn were married at St. Stephen’s. Beethoven realized he was totally deaf when he could not hear the famous bells peal at St. Stephen’s and Mozart’s funeral was held in this historic cathedral.

Metropolitan Flute Orchestra in concert at the Franciscan Church in the old city center of Bratislava, Slovakia, 2012.

12th ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY 
SUMMER METROPOLITAN FLUTE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

Paige Dashner Long, Director
Thursday, July 18- Sunday, July 21, 2013

New England Conservatory of Music Boston, MA

The New England Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra is a unique ensemble opportunity for students and teachers at the intermediate and advanced levels. The weekend combines large ensemble and smaller select advanced ensemble rehearsals, concluding with a final concert at New England Conservatory’s historic Jordan Hall on Sunday, July 21. Teachers are invited to participate with students in the large flute ensemble and will be featured in the advanced select ensemble. We welcome their studio participation. University flutists will also be featured for one selection during the concert.

Director Paige Dashner Long will bring her unique flute collection, including her Kingma Sub Contrabass Flute in G-one of three in the world- and her Kotato Double Contrabass Flute in C- one of four in the world.

Each year the final concert features a premiere of a new flute orchestra work. The 2011 premiere piece was Eventide Soliloquy composed by director Paige Dashner Long, in loving memory of her son Sean Callan MacDonald who died unexpectedly August 2010. Eventide Soliloquy is an original composition that features each instrument of the flute family in a soliloquy. The piece has many different moods and showcases the beautiful colors of a flute orchestra as well as each different type of flute, in a variety of musical styles.  The premieres of 2012 included an original piece composed specifically for the ensemble, Laurence Dresner's Funk and Variations and well as Paige Long's arrangement of the first movement from Mozart's Symphony No 41, "Jupiter."

The New England Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra is a wonderful blend of approximately one third students, one third highly trained community adults, and one third professional flutists and flute teachers. Drawing flutists from all over the world, previous festivals have been comprised of flutists from throughout the United States, as well as Japan, France, Venezuela and Israel.

For reasonably priced housing information, please contact Sean Hagon, Director of Summer School at New England Conservatory, at 617-585-1126.

For information about the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra and the annual New England Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Orchestra Festival, please contact director Paige Long at contraflute@gmail.com or follow the prompts for Summer School Institutes and Intensives at www.necmusic.edu

METROPOLITAN FLUTE ORCHESTRA
and
FLORIDA FLUTE ORCHESTRA

Performed during 2011 National Flute Association Convention
in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, in summer residence at New England Conservatory, performed on Saturday, August 13 during the National Flute Association (NFA) Convention in Charlotte, NC. At 7:00pm in the lobby of the Belk Theater in Charlotte, the ensemble, directed by Paige Dashner Long, presented “Goin’ Coastal from Boston to Miami” performing works by Respighi, Long and Beethoven.

During this same concert, The Florida Flute Orchestra, also directed by Long, presented Beach Music by award winning composer Catherine McMichael and then joined the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra to perform the first movement, Poco sostenuto-vivace, from Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in A Major.

Director Paige Dashner Long, coordinator of the newly formed NFA Flute Choir Composition Committee and member of the NFA Low Flutes Committee, also led a low flute technique class, Down Deep with Low Flutes, on Friday, August 12 from 9:30-10:30am in the Convention Center.

Metropolitan flutists who performed in Charlotte are:

METROPOLITAN FLUTE ORCHESTRA

In summer residence at New England Conservatory
Paige Dashner Long, director

Piccolo: Mary Ellen Kregler
Concert Flute: Sallie Brainard, Kathy Craven, Vicki High, Phyllis Howard, Elise Locker, Mariellen Sears, Gretchen Schlier, Lindsey Sherman, April Showers
Alto Flute in G: Hannah Bitterman, Debbie MacMurray, Judith Sammel, Mary Sand, Susan Schueller
Bass Flute: Jeremy Benson, Kelly Gallivan, Serge Paul Emile, Carol Peabody
Contrabass Flute: Earl Grant Lawrence, Jay V. Kast-Tuttle, Sue Blessing, Phyllis Avidan Louke, Martin Melicharek, Paul Scherr
Sub Contrabass Flute in G: Sharyn Byer, Jennifer Kramer
Double Contrabass Flute: Paige Dashner Long
Percussion: Robert McCormick

Florida flutists who performed in Charlotte are:

Florida Flute Orchestra

Paige Dashner Long, director

Piccolo: Tereasa Payne
Concert Flute: Cindy Bruce, Nora Lee Garcia Velazquez, Amanda Lyon, Kim McCormick, Tammara K. Phillips, Irene Pruzan, April Showers
Alto Flute in G: Susan Adragna, Amy Clark, Nancy Cobun Clew, Debbie MacMurray, Cathi Marro, Christine Smith
Bass Flute: Carl Adams, Jeremy Benson, Sarah B. Fouse, Lindsay Hager, Martha Oestreich, Virginia Schulze Johnson
Contrabass Flute: Jessey Howard Andris, Phyllis Avidan Louke
Sub Contrabass Flute in G: Karen McLaughlin Large
Double Contrabass Flute: Paige Dashner Long
Percussion: Robert McCormick

For information about the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra and the 11th Annual New England Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Orchestra Festival, please contact director Paige Long at contraflute@gmail.com or follow the prompts for Summer School Institutes and Intensives at www.necmusic.edu

11th ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY
SUMMER METROPOLITAN FLUTE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

Paige Dashner Long, Director
Thursday, July 19- Sunday, July 22, 2011

New England Conservatory of Music Boston, MA

The New England Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra is a unique ensemble opportunity for students and teachers at the intermediate and advanced levels. The weekend combines large ensemble and smaller select advanced ensemble rehearsals, concluding with a final concert at New England Conservatory’s historic Jordan Hall on Sunday, July 22. Teachers are invited to participate with students in the large flute ensemble and will be featured in the advanced select ensemble. We welcome their studio participation. University flutists will also be featured for one selection during the concert.

Director Paige Dashner Long will bring her unique flute collection, including her Kingma Sub Contrabass Flute in G-one of three in the world- and her Kotato Double Contrabass Flute in C- one of four in the world.

Each year the final concert features a premiere of a new flute orchestra work. The 2011 premiere piece was Eventide Soliloquy composed by director Paige Dashner Long, in loving memory of her son Sean Callan MacDonald who died unexpectedly August 2010. Eventide Soliloquy is an original composition that features each instrument of the flute family in a soliloquy. The piece has many different moods and showcases the beautiful colors of a flute orchestra as well as each different type of flute, in a variety of musical styles.

The New England Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra is a wonderful blend of approximately one third students, one third highly trained community adults, and one third professional flutists and flute teachers. Drawing flutists from all over the world, previous festivals have been comprised of flutists from throughout the United States, as well as Japan, France, Venezuela and Israel.

For reasonably priced housing information, please contact Sean Hagon, Director of Summer School at New England Conservatory, at 617-585-1126.

For more information contact Paige at contraflute@gmail.com or visit the New England Conservatory Website.

Metropolitan Flute Orchestra and Florida Flute Orchestra
2009 National Flute Association Convention
New York City

The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, in summer residence at New England Conservatory, performed on Friday, August 14 during the National Flute Association Convention in New York City.  On a flute choir showcase from 10:30-noon in the Empire Complex of New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, the ensemble, directed by Paige Dashner Long, presented works by Awano and Martin. 

On this showcase was also The Florida Flute Orchestra performing works by Mendelssohn, Molnar-Suhajda and Dvorak.  In addition, Flutes Ad Libitum, directed by Martine Charlot from The Conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau in Dijon, France performed works by Mussorgsky, Lauf and Khachaturian. 

All three ensembles performing during this showcase have a wonderful performance history together, both here in Boston and Florida, as well as in France.  The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra toured of France in July of 2001, visiting Flutes Ad Libitum in Dijon and hosted Flutes Ad Libitum in Boston in July of 1998.  The Florida Flute Orchestra toured France in March of 2005 and has also hosted Flutes Ad Libitum in Florida in April of 2006. 

While on tour in France in 2001, the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra visited the Conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau in Dijon, presenting joint concerts with Flutes Ad Libitum.  The majestic and beautiful Palais des Etats, where the States-General of Burgundy have met, was one of the concert venues while in Dijon.  The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra also presented a concert during the prestigious French Festival Musical des Grands Crus de Burgogne in the historic medieval village of Noyers-Sur-Serein.  Concerts in Paris and Roquebrune-Sur-Argens were also very well received. 

While on tour in France in 2005, the Florida Flute Orchestra stayed in the homes of French flutists in Dijon and performed with Flutes Ad Libitum at the Conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau.  In addition, the FFO presented a concert tour in Provence sponsored by AICLER France.  AICLER Provence, Association Intercommunale pour la Culture et les Loisirs en Region Provence, is an active arts organization in France.  The purpose of this particular set of concerts was to bring high quality and unusual concerts to the smaller cities and towns in Provence.  A real surprise in this series of concerts was the presence of  Jules Massenet’s great-grandson at the concert in Tourettes sur Loup. As part of our concert program, we performed Dances from the Massenet opera Manon.  Massenet’s great-grandson was delighted with our choice of programming music by his great-grandfather, and we were extremely pleased to meet him. In addition to the concert in Tourettes sur Loup, the group also performed in the Provencial towns of St. Tropez, Le Val, and Rognac.

To celebrate the friendships of these three ensembles, award winning composer Phyllis Louke composed and dedicated a piece for the ensembles to premiere during their New York convention performance.  “Oh, The Places We’ll See!”  was premiered during a combined performance of all three ensembles at the beginning of the flute choir showcase on August 14.  This light hearted work begins with “Vive La France!” continues onto “The Emerald Isle” (where the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra presented a concert tour in August 2008 touring Cork, Bantry Bay, Kinsale, Galway, Blarney Castle, Adare and Kylemore Abbey) and concludes with “A Dandy Yankee Doodle.”

The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra was selected and performed at the 2000 and the 2006 National Flute Association Conventions in Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh, PA.  In addition, the Florida Flute Orchestra performed during the 2006 NFA Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Flutists in the select ensemble of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra:

Flutists in the Florida Flute Orchestra:

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 8th ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY SUMMER METROPOLITAN FLUTE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
July, 23-26, 2009

Each year, on the last Sunday of July, The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra presents a concert on the final day of the annual New England Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Orchestra Festival.  For 2009, the 8th annual festival was held July 23-26, with a 5:00pm concert on July 26th, in New England Conservatory’s renowned Jordan Hall.  On this concert the ensemble performed works by Bach, Gounod, Offermans, Awano, Casterede, Hager, Martin and Mozart, assisted by harpist Greta Asgeirsson and percussionists Kristjan Asgeirsson and Elizabeth Kuhn.  The festival attracts flutists from New England, throughout the United States, as well as from France, Japan, Israel and Mexico.  From students to professional flutists, including composers and arrangers, the festival is a wonderful opportunity to perform fabulous flute orchestra works with flutists from many interesting places. 

In August 2009, the select ensemble from the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra headed to New York City and performed during the National Flute Association Convention on August 14.  In addition, flutists from the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra and the Florida Flute Orchestra were invited to perform live in Times Square during a FOX TV live shoot with Sir James Galway.

In late July 2008, after completing the 2008 New England Conservatory Metropolitan Flute Orchestra Festival, the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra headed to Ireland.  The MET’s Irish Tour was a huge success, with concerts in Bantry Bay, Kinsale and Kylemore Abbey.  In Kinsale, the ensemble joined together with 10 flutists in the Cork area to present the final half of their performance at the historic St. Moltose Church dating back to the 11th century.  With a wide and varied concert program, the ensemble performed Lisa LeMay’s beautiful work Innes Glas Mor.  This piece, inspired by the composer’s trip to Ireland, consists of three movements.  The second movement, entitled Kylemore Abbey, musically describes the beautiful abbey located in Ireland’s rugged Connemara region.  Kylemore Abbey is the monastic home of the Benedictine Nuns.  Several of the nuns were present for our concert, as we performed LeMay’s Kylemore Abbey in the Neo-Gothic Chapel on the grounds of Kylemore Abbey.  Performing to a standing room only audience, it was an amazing musical experience for all to perform this work with the people, chapel and country that inspired the beautiful music.

For information about the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, please contact director Paige Long at contraflute@gmail.com or follow the prompts for Summer School Institutes and Intensives at www.necmusic.edu.