March 28, 1990 |
The handmade $5,000 silver flute had been stolen from the overseas mail, and music teacher Catherine Duerr believed the odds against seeing it again were "phenomenal. " Then she visited a Delaware County music store, and there it was, the same silver Sankyo Prima flute with the unusual G/A trill key, the one she had ordered from a store on a trip to West Germany. A federal grand jury in Philadelphia yesterday accused U.S. Customs Service inspector Michael Tornello of stealing the flute, worth $4,904.
October 11, 1995 |
If 1807 & Friends looks a lot like the Wister String Quartet, it is simply a comment on the determination of violinist Nancy Bean to plant chamber music in as many places as possible. It was under the rubric 1807 & Friends that the quartet played at the University of the Arts' Laurie Wagman Hall on Monday, offering conventional fare and sharing the stage with flutist-composer Leslie Burrs. Burrs played different bamboo flutes, one in a solo improvisation and one in a work with quartet, Before Sundawn.
November 24, 2000 |
Philomel Baroque and Julianne Baird - the names alone are evocative. The period-instrument ensemble and the agile-voiced soprano have performed together a dozen or so times in the last 20 years, and are paired again this weekend in a series of concerts in Wayne, Doylestown and Center City. Audiences know to expect a dynamic combination of their light and bright sounds. And the pre-Christmas program promises to be evocative, too. Baird will be soloist in sacred arias by Bach, a secular aria by Handel, and a Vivaldi motet that lies somewhere in between, with a text contrasting worldly delights (bad, even if they don't sound it)
April 26, 1996 |
Jamie Baum switched from piano to the flute for the most logical of reasons: "You just can't carry a piano around with you. I wanted an instrument I could, well, take to the beach with me. " There's probably a bit more behind the transition, but that's as good a reason as any. In any case, the native of Fairfield, Conn., who has been based in New York for the last 10 years, has been carrying her flute around in the best of company and making a name for herself as an innovative virtuoso on an instrument that is not among the most common in jazz circles these days.
August 9, 1990 |
A former U.S. Customs inspector who stole a $4,900 silver flute from the overseas mail in Philadelphia and sold it to a music store for $144 was sentenced yesterday to donate 200 hours to community service. The former inspector, Michael Tornello, 40, of Drexel Hill, Delaware County, also was fined $2,500 and placed on probation for five years by U.S. District Judge James McGirr Kelly. His defense attorney, Michael A. DeFino, acknowledged that Tornello had made a series of "stupid mistakes" that cost him his $30,000-a-year job and his reputation.
October 31, 1992 |
Flutist Eugenia Zukerman and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis could be most easily appreciated Thursday night at Bryn Mawr College when playing solo, not as a duo. The acoustics of the Great Hall in Thomas Library presented a strange set of circumstances that kept them from being heard as a cohesive ensemble - a problem probably as frustrating to them as it was to the audience. Great Hall is aptly named. The amount of space it gives sound to travel is vast, and bare stone walls create acoustical challenges different for each instrument.
April 22, 1991 |
The solo flute can sound two-dimensional and its player remote from listeners. Gary Shocker, however, has determined to make the flute vivid and himself a stage presence. The 30-year-old Easton native played with pianist Dennis Helmrich yesterday at the Haverford School in the Tri-County Concerts emerging artists series. By programming music by Martinu, Casella, Leclair, Debussy and Bach - and himself - he freed his recital from the routine. By playing a sonic range that touched a near-whisper and sometimes a steam- engine shriek, he declared the flute's ability to express something more than agility and prettiness.
February 9, 1996 |
The flute doesn't get much respect in jazz circles. It's a novelty for saxophonists, a toy to toot when they're bored with their alto or tenor. And rare is the jazz composition written with the flute in mind. So Dave Valentin's success is extraordinary. He's taken the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments, churned out 17 albums since 1979, been named top flutist six years straight by Jazziz magazine readers (although he ranked sixth in the most recent Downbeat magazine poll, whose readers tend to have more conservative tastes)
November 5, 1988 |
Flutist Carol Wincenc and harpist Nancy Allen emphasized the theatrical and the dramatic at Haverford College last night in a concert that let them show off their strengths as soloists and as a pair of musically sensitive colleagues. Virtuoso solos - Faure's Impromptu (Op. 86) for harp; Debussy's Syrinx for flute - were scattered among duets such as Bartok's Rumanian Folk Dances. Yet at the heart of the informal and feisty program was a musical and meditative piece - George Rochberg's Slow Fires of Autumn, written in memory of his son and inspired by a trip to Japan.
September 23, 1999 |
In a late Stone Age village on the floodplain of China's Yellow River Valley, someone carved a tiny flute from the wing bone of a crane. Little did that ancient artisan know that music from the flute would reach across nine millennia. "It's a sweet sound, like a little recorder," said archaeological chemist Garman Harbottle, who used carbon dating to establish the age of this flute, by far the oldest playable musical instrument ever found. The discovery not only vastly extends the history of music, but it also adds to an emerging picture of a fascinating early people - among the first to move from caves to villages.