The CCM Philharmonia continues to pay tribute to the prolific and talented composers who were born in or immigrated to America with “American Voices XIV: Flute-tastic!” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. The concert will feature CCM’s own Brad Garner, professor of flute, and guest conductor Apo Hsu.
First on the program is The Unanswered Question by American-born composer Charles Ives. Though Ives was occupied as an insurance agent and little known during his active years during the first half of the 20th century, he has become well known as a distinctively American composer who drew much of his inspiration from American folk music. Also on the program is Suite from Walter Piston’s ballet The Incredible Flutist. The work, which in its ballet form portrayed a flutist talented at charming both snakes and women, will feature CCM’s Professor of Flute, Brad Garner. Garner will also perform John Corigliano’s 1982 Pied Piper Fantasy, a programmatic concerto based on the Pied Piper legend.
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Jack Wellbaum (1922-2011), alumnus of the College of Music of Cincinnati, flute/piccolo faculty at CCM and piccolo player with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 40 years. He was CCM’s Pied Piper.
About Brad Garner
Brad Garner has been described as one of today’s most exciting flutists and has played concerts and recitals throughout the world with great acclaim. He has frequently played with the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has been principal flutist with the Atlantic Sinfonietta, the New York Virtuosi and the Virtuosi Quintet and the 20th-Century Chamber Orchestra. He received his B.M. and M.A. degrees from West Texas State University where he studied with his father, Dr. Gary Garner and Sally Turk. He was the first flutist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Julius Baker. Garner has performed as soloist in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, with Julius Baker and Jean-Pierre Rampal and was recently the first American flutist to be invited by the Russian government to perform in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall. He is on the faculties of CCM, Queens College, New York University and the Juilliard School and has performed and given master classes in Asia, Europe and throughout North America. His students have gone on to win positions in major orchestras as well as prizes in many high-profile competitions. Garner has recorded for the Koch International, Yamaha, Capstone, EMI, Golden Crest, Newport Classics, Vienna Modern Masters and the Collins Classics labels. He is a Yamaha performing artist and clinician.
About Apo Hsu
For this program, CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra will perform under the direction of Apo Hsu, guest conductor. Hsu is a Taiwanese conductor with an impressive international career, and has been music director of the National Taiwan Normal University Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Missouri. She has also been a guest conductor for groups including the San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Previously she served as artistic director of The Women’s Philharmonic in San Francisco and earlier as music director and conductor of the Oregon Mozart Players, after completing a three-year tenure as Affiliate Artist/NEA Assistant Conductor of the Oregon Symphony. As a teacher, she has guided many talented young conductors as orchestra director at the National Taiwan Normal University, conductor-in-residence at Bard College and has taught at numerous conducting workshops internationally.
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
Tickets & Parking Information
Tickets to “American Voices XIV: Flute-tastic!” are $12 for general admission, $5 for non-UC students and free for UC students with valid ID. Parking is available in the CCM Garage (at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus.
For complete ticket and parking information, visit ccm.uc.edu or call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation