In typical Carmen form, I have waited quite a few months to give an update on what’s going on flute-wise in my world. What can I say? It’s not because I’ve been lazy. Fortunately, I have been performing like a madwoman and I love it!
Perhaps you remember that back in May 2013, I won the Third/Utility Flute audition with the Santa Rosa Symphony. Having played quite a few concerts and gotten a feel for the group, I can safely say that this is a great ensemble with terrific players. The flute section (Kathleen Reynolds and Stacey Pelinka) are truly top-notch and the other wind sections kick some serious butt, too. An especially wonderful part of the job is performing in the beautiful Green Music Center at Weill Hall. If you have not been there, I highly recommend that you go. It is among the best halls I’ve ever played in.
Things down in Santa Cruz have certainly gained momentum with the arrival of our brand new conductor, Daniel Stewart. I was on the committee that hired him and I now breathe a great sigh of relief because he is FANTASTIC! He is also an assistant conductor to James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera, so you can imagine what good hands we’re in! I really can’t say enough good things about Maestro Stewart: he is extremely musical, capable, knowledgeable, friendly and, perhaps most importantly, respectful of everyone involved in the process of producing a performance. The level of the orchestra has risen significantly this season.
My woodwind group Frequency 49 played a concert in January, a program that we wanted to title “Frenchiness,” but decided against that and instead went with “À la française.” A little bit classier. It featured some killer woodwind quintet and sextet repertoire ranging from lite fare from Roussel all the way to Lalo Schifrin’s “La Nouvelle Orleans.” More concerts coming soon!
On the complete flip side of my musical life is Ensemble Mik Nawooj, a hip-hop/classical fusion ensemble consisting of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, bass, drums, piano, classical vocalist, and two rappers! Joowan Kim leads the group and composes all the music. Not only do I love the people and the music, but I also love how different it is from anything I’ve ever done. I could definitely get used to being a “rock star.” Check out the group/music/calendar at Ensemble Mik Nawooj.
In the teaching arena, I discovered how much I love coaching chamber music. I’m so honored and grateful for this position at SFCM because I’ve learned just as much from the students as they’ve learned from me. We have a ton of FUN!
I continue to teach super great kids in Hayward and Union City. Lots of progress being made all around! I’m very proud! Studio recital coming up at the end of May/early June.
Alright, folks. That’s it for now. New audio files from Frequency 49 and some solo flute repertoire coming soon, so check back! Thanks!