Metropolitan Flute Orchestra On Tour
The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra has presented several European concert tours, including France in 2001, Ireland in 2008, Germany, Austria and Slovakia in 2012, and Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic in 2014. In addition to these European concert tours, the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra was selected and performed during the National Flute Association Conventions in 2000 (Columbus, OH), 2006 (Pittsburgh, PA), 2009 (New York City, NY) and 2011 (Charlotte, NC).
While on tour in France in 2001, the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra visited the Conservatoire National de Region in Dijon, presenting joint concerts with the exceptional French ensemble, Flutes Ad Libitum, directed by Martine Charlot. 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 in 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.
The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra Irish Tour in 2008 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.
Metropolitan Flute Orchestra in concert at the Gothic Chapel of Kylemore Abbey
New York City, 2009
The Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, in summer residence at New England Conservatory, performed with Sir James Galway for a live FOX News TV shoot in Times Square on Friday, August 14 at approximately 9:00am. FOX News interviewed Sir James right before the Galway Guinness Record Breaking attempt for the largest flute ensemble, which took place at 10:00am during the National Flute Association Convention in New York City. Three additional ensembles were also invited to perform with Sir James in Times Square: The Florida Flute Orchestra, The Columbia Flute Choir and The Stanford University Flute Choir. Read more >>
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. 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. 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 our tour. At the Franciscan Church in the old city center of Bratislava, playing to a standing room only crowd, the ensemble performed a full concert, plus three encores. The audience kept asking for more. Our final concert was in the rooftop concert hall of the historic St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. The concert hall was sold out and the concert raised over $5,000 Euro for the restoration of the cathedral. What an incredible experience to perform in such an historic venue. Members of the ensemble were also able to walk outside of the rooftop hall and touch the famous tile roof of the cathedral.
Metropolitan Flute Orchestra in concert at the Franciscan Church in the old city center of Bratislava, Slovakia, 2012.
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”!