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Flutists present a ‘fiesta’ Saturday, May 7

Members of the Davis Youth Flute Choir are, front row from left, director Maquette Kuper, Christine Chu, Emma Maul, Sean Lee, Marta Drown and Lisa Kitson. Back row, from left, are Lillian Feng, Ale Ruiz, Elizabeth Lee, Krista Titensor and Samantha Lung. The choir will perform with Sacramento's Camellia City Flute Choir in a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Proceeds will go to the music program at Emerson Junior High School. Courtesy photo

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April 30, 2011 |

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What: “Flutist’s Fiesta” featuring the Davis Youth Flute Choir and Sacramento’s Camellia City Flute Choir

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.

Tickets: $8 general and $5 for students in advance at the Art Center; $10 general and $8 for students at the door

Info: Davis Art Center, (530) 756-4100

The Davis Youth Flute Choir, under the direction of Maquette Kuper, and Sacramento’s Camellia City Flute Choir, under the direction of Martin Melicharek, will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.

The program, “Flutist’s Fiesta,” will include a concert, dessert and raffle to benefit the music program at Emerson Junior High School. The Davis Youth Flute Choir also will use some of the proceeds to fund their trip to the Sanju, South Korea, in June 2012.

Featured works on the program are an arrangement of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,” as well as a humorous work by Jonathan Cohen, “Piccolos in the Pub,” which will be performed by the Davis Youth Flute Choir; “Voices from the Deep” for alto, bass and contrabass flutes by Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, which will be performed by the Camellia City Choir; and “Fugue,” a work by Berlioz arranged by Martha Rearick, which will be performed by the combined choirs.

The choirs produce a uniquely remarkable sound, performing on piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute.

In addition to the choirs, members of the Davis flute group, Flutes! — Francie Lawyer, Carina Celesia Moore, Marjorie Phillips and Virginia Thigpen — will perform Catherine McMichael’s “Falconer Quartet.”

Both the Davis Youth Flute Choir and the Camellia City Flute Choir were awarded the honor to perform at the 37th annual National Flute Association convention last August. The convention attracts flutists from all over the world and features performances by some of the most internationally recognized flutists today, Kuper says.

The Davis Youth Flute Choir is in its 29th year under Kuper’s direction. In June 2008, it represented Davis in a tour of Japan and in the first cultural exchange with its sister city, Inuyama.

The choir specializes in both classical and jazz music. It began as an ensemble of flute players and, about 16 years ago, grew into two full choirs — one for junior high students and the other for high school students and young adults. For more information, visit http://davisyouthflutechoir.com.

The Camellia City Flute Choir was established in 1999 under Melicharek’s direction. The ensemble began with seven performers, five playing C flutes, with one alto and bass flute. A second alto and bass flute were added over the next several years. In 2003, the group acquired a contrabass flute and last year, a second contrabass flute was added. There are now 16 members performing on five different types of flutes.

Members of the flute choir come from all walks of life. Half of the group members are professional flute or music teachers. The rest are in fields such as science, business and education. Many continue to study the flute with private teachers and in master classes, and are performing members of community and professional orchestras, bands and chamber groups.

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