Brahms 1 and premiere of Swanson Symphony #2, “Lipsky”, in honor of Ashland Symphony Conductor Emeritus Arie Lipsky (ticketed event)
With Capital Faculty, Gail Zugger, clarinet; Lance Witty, trumpet; and Julie Licata, percussion
Saint Saens Symphony #3 (The Organ Symphony), Higdon Cold Mountain Suite, Aguila Violin Concerto. (Ticketed event)
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
"February's Promise" by Mark FLugge, with Andy Woodson (bass) and me (flute) at Mark's Capital Faculty Recital, November 2010
Being a part of the creation of new compositions and arrangements is one of my favorite aspects of being a musician. Here is a list of pieces I've had a hand in commissioning, premiering, and inspiring. It is an honor to take part in the midwifing of these works!
May 16, 2015 "Forest Devil Waltzes, on themes of Emil Waldteufel" (2015) by Dan Welcher. Dan wrote this piece for a concert in Austin, TX, honoring my teacher Fritz Kraber's 80th birthday. I played in an ensemble of Fritz' students giving the world premiere, with Dan Welcher conducting, Fritz playing the solo flute part, and Greg Allen on piano.
May 2, 2015 "The Great Animal Orchestra" by Richard Blackford. The Central Ohio Symphony gave the western hemisphere premiere of this piece employing recorded samples of animals in the wild.
March 18, 2015 "The Borderland" by Mark Flugge, arrangement for brass quintet by Will Roesch. The Capital Faculty Brass Quintet premiered this recent arrangement on their Spring Recital. Will arranged this piece for quintet at my request.
March 8, 2015 "Dreams of the White Tiger" (2015) by Daniel Baldwin. QuintEssential Winds gave the co-premiere performance at Capital University; we were part of a group of commissioners.
March 8, 2015 Reconnecting for Drum Circle and Orchestra by Ben Goldberg. The Central Ohio Symphony gave the premiere on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus, as part of a group of commissioning orchestras.
February 16, 2015 "Around Every Corner" by Mark Flugge, arranged by Bill Dobbins as a commission for and premiered by Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra. Bill wrote an optional flute part for me to play; our track from the February 23, 2015 live performance will be on the 2-CD set Mark Flugge Remembered: Jazz Originals and Standards, released in June 2015.
February 16, 2015 "Beatrice, the Cat" by Mark Flugge, arranged by Kim Pensyl as a commission for and premiered by Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra. I gave Kim Mark's Sibelius score to work from, at his request.
February 11, 2015 Souvenirs d'un Mime for Woodwind Quintet, by Russ Nagy. QuintEssential Winds gave one of the first performances of this work, at Capital University.
February 3, 2015 "All the Things You Are" by Jerome Kern, arranged by Mark Flugge for flute and bassoon, completed by Bill Dobbins via commission from the Mark Flugge Memorial Fund. Mark wrote this arrangement for bassoonist Christopher Weait and me. Bassoonist Emily Patronik and I gave the premiere performance of this newly-completed arrangement on my Capital faculty recital; we also recorded the piece and plan to release our recording in the near future.
January 19, 2015 "Feeling, Not Words" by Mark Flugge, arranged by Bob Larson as a commission for and premiered by Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra. This was an arrangement of the second half of the final movement of Mark's Suite Bill Evans. I gave Bob the choice of three of Mark's pieces to arrange, as well as recordings and Sibelius scores/lead sheets.
November 18 and 23, 2014 "Chocolate Timbales" by Mark Flugge, arranged by Nate Anders for the Capital Jazz Percussion Ensemble; premiered on the Fall Percussion Ensembles Concert.
November 12, 2014 "Peace" by John Golland, arranged by Will Roesch for the Capital QuintEssential Winds. We premiered this arrangement on our fall recital at Capital.
June 15, 2014. "Song for Mark" by Joey Skoch. Joey originally performed this piece on his Capital Senior Recital; he dedicated it to Mark, who was his jazz piano teacher and mentor. I invited Joey to perform it again on the Mark Flugge Memorial Concert at Capital.
June 9, 2014. "Drivin' the Bus" by Mark Flugge, arranged for big band by Mark Flugge, completed for the Famous Jazz Orchestra by Vaughn Wiester. After Mark passed away in May 2014, I found his score and parts for this tune. The FJO premiered this version in their Monday night reading session this evening. Their live reading from January 19, 2015 will be included in the 2-CD set Mark Flugge Remembered: Jazz Originals and Standards, released in June 2015.
May 3, 2014 Libro d'ore (Book of Hours) for Solo Violin and Orchestra, by Marilyn Shrude. The Central Ohio Symphony both commissioned and premiered this work on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.
March 15, 2014 Pacem: Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. I performed in the premiere of this chamber orchestra arrangement by the composer of his work for choir and orchestra, with the Capital University Choral Union, directed by Lynda Hasseler.
February 9, 2014 Suite Bill Evans by Mark Flugge. We premiered this four-movement composition by Mark with bassist Doug Richeson and Jim Rupp on drums, on Mark's Chamber Jazz Series at the Columbus Museum of Art. This was Mark's only performance of the entire suite; the recording of this live performance will be included on the 2-CD set Mark Flugge Remembered: Jazz Originals and Standards, to be released in June 2015.
February 2, 2014 "February's Promise" and "Dear Bill" by Mark Flugge. We premiered "Dear Bill", the first half of the finale of Suite Bill Evans at the Mostly American Music Concert in Lancaster, Ohio.
January 30, 2014 "February's Promise" and "Reminiscence" by Mark Flugge. We premiered "Reminiescence", the second movement of Suite Bill Evans at my Capital Faculty recital.
January 22, 2014 "The Sweet and Sassy Promenade" by Matthew Cooperman. Written for and premiered by the Brillante Flute Quartet, a student quartet I coach at Capital.
November 13, 2013 "The Gentle Calliope" by Christopher Weait. My esteemed colleague, Capital Bassoon Professor Christopher Weait wrote this piece for the Capital University Flute Choir; I conducted the premiere on our Fall Flute Choir Concert at Capital.
October 16, 2013 "Forest Sounds" (2013) for flute and clarinet, by Thomas Zugger. Written for us as the Inspirare Duo, clarinetist Gail Lehto Zugger and I premiered this work on Tom's Capital Faculty Composition Recital.
October 1, 2013 Quartet for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano (2013) by Bill Douglas. Gail Lehto Zugger (clarinet), Christopher Weait (bassoon), and Barbara Sahr (piano) and I gave the co-premiere of this piece on our fall 2013 Inspirare Duo concert. We were part of the commissioning group for this jazzy piece.
May 25, 2013 Aires de mi tierra (Motherland Vignettes) (2004) by Mariano Morales. The Central Ohio Symphony gave the continental U.S. premiere on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.
March 17, 2013 Silver Fantasy for Flute and Symphonic Winds (2013) by Paul Osterfield. I formed a commissioning group of nine professional flutists; as a group, we commissioned this flute concerto from Paul Osterfield. My co-premiere performance was with the Capital University Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. Barry Kopetz.
September 26, 2012 "Duettino" for Flute and Clarinet (2012) by Richard Cioffari. Gail Lehto Zugger and I commissioned this piece from Richard, and premiered it on our Capital Fall Inspirare Duo recital.
May 15, 2012 American Poetics Revisited (2012) by Anthony Vine. I performed in an orchestra formed to premiere this new work on a concert titled "Appalachian Spring Revisited: The Copland/Vine Project", at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The performance was part of Sundays at Central, and was sponsored by the Johnstone Fund for New Music.
March 14, 2012 Chorale and Samba Fantasy for Woodwind Sextet (2011) by Mark Flugge. Mark wrote this piece for The QuintEssential Winds, along with bass clarinetist Bill Denza, which we premiered on our Spring Recital at Capital. Our recording will be included on the 2-CD set Mark Flugge Remembered: Jazz Originals and Standards, released in June 2015.
January 18, 2012 Lisa Jelle Faculty Recital and CD Release Party: Waltz into Madness. This CD celebrates the creation of exciting all-new chamber and solo works for flute; I had a part in the incarnation of each of these pieces as recorded on the CD. The recital included Flugge's "Waltz into Madness", "A Solidao Bonita", and "Action Planet", as well as his arrangements of Bill Evans' "B Minor Waltz", Duke Ellington's "Single Petal of a Rose", and Benshoof's "Timeless" with an introductory chorus of Gershwin's "Embraceable You" improvised by Mark. Richard Cioffari's "Breve Duo Latino" was also on the recital. Other pieces receiving their premiere recordings on Waltz into Madness are Cioffari's "Variations on a Theme of Grieg" for Woodwind Quintet, Flugge's Tranquillo e Inspirare forFlute, Clarinet, and Piano, and Dina Lentsner's "Love Improvisation No. 2".
November 18, 2011 "Theme and Variations from 'Sechs Quartette No. 6" by Rossini, arranged for four solo winds with band accompaniment by Christopher Weait. Chris arranged this for us to premiere with Capital's Symphonic Winds at the Annual Band Clinic Concert, with Dr. Barry Kopetz conducting. For flute, clarinet (Dr. Gail Lehto Zugger), bassoon, and horn (Professor Kimberly McCann).
November 3, 2011 "Distant Thunder with Rain for Native American flute and Woodwind Quintet" by Christopher Weait. The QuintEssential Winds with Michael Cox on Native American flute gave one of the first performances of this piece, on Capital's NOW (New Music) Festival 2011.
January 20, 2010 "Love Improvisation No. 2" by Dina Lentsnser. Lynda Hasseler and I commissioned this piece from our friend and colleague Dina; we premiered it here on my Capital Faculty Recital. The recording from this live, premiere performance appears on my 2012 CD Waltz into Madness.
September 22, 2009 Tranquillo e Inspirare for flute, clarinet, and jazz piano (2009) by Mark Flugge. Mark, Gail Lehto Zugger, and I premiered this piece Mark wrote for us on the Capital Fall Inspirare Duo concert. It is included on my 2012 CD Waltz into Madness.
March 15, 2009 "Chocolate Timbales" (2005) by Mark Flugge. We premiered Mark's arrangement of his piece (including a piccolo part for me) on the Truth Chamber Jazz Series Concert at the Columbus Museum of Art. The recording of this live performance will be included on the 2-CD set Mark Flugge Remembered: Jazz Originals and Standards, released in June 2015.
March 11, 2009 "Breve Duo Latino for Flute and Bassoon" (2009) by Richard Cioffari. Cynthia Cioffari and I premiered this work, which I commissioned with Colorado State University bassoon professor Gary Moody, on my Capital Spring Faculty Recital. Gary Moody and I recorded this for my 2012 CD Waltz into Madness.
March 28, 2007 "Variations on a Theme of Grieg" (2007) for Woodwind Quintet, by Richard Cioffari. The Capital University Faculty Woodwind Quintet commissioned, premiered, and recorded this composition; it is our signature piece and appears on my 2012 CD Waltz into Madness.
September 28, 2005 Jagged Edges for Piccolo and Piano by Paul Osterfield. Pianist Dianne Frazer Cross and I premiered this piece that Paul dedicated to me on my Capital Fall Faculty Recital. Dianne and I also recorded the piece; it appears on the 2007 Capstone release Resonant Edges.