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Thirteenth Annual Flute Festival Held at MTSU

The thirteenth annual MTSU Flute Festival, featuring guest artist Kate Lukas of the Jacobs School of Music will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. in the Wright Music Building (WMB) lobby on the MTSU campus.

   An open flute recital by guest artist, Lukas and MTSU faculty pianist, Lillian Pearson will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Hinton Hall followed by a 2:15 master class presented by Lukas.

   The day-long events include an 8:30 a.m. opening session in Hinton Music Hall of WMB where everyone gathers for a rousing Beat boxing performance by Abi Coffer to kick off the day. Events following include  Presto and Andante group sessions for flutist ranging from beginner to professional.  At 9:00 a.m. there will be flute exhibits open featuring manufacturers, flute products and flute repair.  9:30 a.m. brings a morning session with guest artist, Lukas, followed by a High School Solo Competition, a Junior Solo Competition, and an Orchestral Excerpts Competition all commencing at 10:30 a.m.  Before breaking for lunch the Festival Flute Choir featuring the festival participants will rehearse in Hinton Hall.

   An open flute recital by quest artist, Lukas, and MTSU faculty pianist, Lillian Pearson will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Hinton Hall followed by 2:15 master class presented by Lukas.

   The flute festival will conclude with a final concert featuring the day’s winners of the High School and Junior competition, the Festival Flute Choir and more!

   Guest artist, Kate Lukas, is Professor of Flute at the Jacobs School of Music.  She is a former faculty member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (awarded the distinction of a Fellow of the GSM&D) in London and of the Royal Academy of London.  She is the former principal flute of the Santa Fe Opera Company and has served as guest principal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

   As a proponent of new music, she has worked with Berio, Xenakis, Elvis Costello, Thomas Ades, Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies and many other prominent composers while a member of the Composers Ensemble and Music Theatre Wales.  Lukas has performed numerous broadcasts of solo and chamber music repertoire for the BBC, Radio France, and regional German radio stations.  She has commissioned works through the Arts Council of Great Britain and recorded for Nimbus and Wergo.  She received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1968 to study in England.

   Admission for the MTSU Flute Festival is $20 if you pre-register and $25 at the door for participating flutists.  The general public may register as a guest for one of all of the public concerts and public competitions for a one-time charge of $5.

       For more information, please access the MTSU Flute Festival link www.mtsuflute.weebly.com