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Thanks to Andy Woodson for the following clips!

"Happy People" by Andy Woodson, with Andy (bass) and Mark Flugge (piano) at Mark's Capital Faculty Recital, November 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UdQPVBtkAc

"February's Promise" by Mark FLugge, with Andy Woodson (bass) and me (flute) at Mark's Capital Faculty Recital, November 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnVPSwX8zWU

A few days ago I had the pleasure of accepting the invitation of the Haynes Flute Company to fly to Boston, tour their new flute factory, and try out their various flutes, all in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of this historic company.  The oldest continuously operating flute company in the world, Haynes has always been renowned for the quality of their instruments and the lyrical, silky sound they possess.  I am happy to report their new flutes build on these strengths; I found them to possess a strength and resonance of sound, terrific smoothness of keywork, and a very even scale.  Anyone considering buying a new flute should definitely check these out; from the beginning models through intermediate, Conservatory, and the fully-made professional models, these are quality instruments that a flutist of any level would be delighted to perform on!  I have my eye on a solid gold model.  ( ;

How wonderful to be done with classes and have time to reflect on the last year's performances and inspirations, and think about what would be the most fun and insipiring to perform this next year!  A couple of commissions are in the works; it's thrilling to be a part of the creation of new repertoire, though our role as performers is of course incidental to the composers.  It looks like we'll have another exciting Inspirare Duo concert (with Gail Lehto, clarinet) in September, then hopefully my faculty recital in January (looking like lots of woodwind chamber music, very cool), and then I have proposed a Festival of Le Six at Capital in March: 3 concerts of music by the famed French group of composers in Paris in the early 20th century, plus music by their influences.  It's looking like an exciting year ahead!  The Ashland Symphony has also asked me to perform Bach's Brandenburg Symphony No. 4 in March, plus the chamber version of Copland's "Appalachian Spring".  Lots of great music to look forward to.

We had a terrific time at the CD release party; thanks to everyone who came out!  If you missed the big event and would like to buy a CD, please contact me... we have a few CDs left over.

It's tempting to rest after the culmination of a year's worth of working getting the CD out and then the big release, but there's always something new to look forward to.  Performances at the Lancaster American Music Concert, Hilliard Davidson High School, and the Chamber Jazz Concert of Chick Corea's Three Quartets will be here before you know it.  We're also preparing to premiere a new woodwind sextet by Mark in QuintEssential Winds on March 14; this piece really jazzes up the concept of music for the extended woodwind quintet!

I have a new-found respect for everyone out there maintaining and updating their own websites- it's a time-consuming and frustrating process to learn how to do all this!  When we would really rather be making music... Once it's all set up, I know it will be worth it; that sustains me.  Enjoy the audio clips from my new CD, Waltz into Madness, that I have spent the last 3-4 hours posting!

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