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Students to perform at National Flute Convention in New Orleans​​

Flute professor Cristina Ballatori and music professor Michael Quantz work with students during rehearsal. Flute professor Cristina Ballatori and music professor Michael Quantz work with students during rehearsal.

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS-AUGUST 1, 2013- Students in the Flute Choir and the One O’Clock Guitar Ensemble of The University of Texas at Brownsville will perform at the 41st Annual National Flute Association Convention, in New Orleans, Louisiana from Aug. 8-11.

The National Flute Association Convention is an annual gathering of thousands of flutists from around the world. The four-day event features concerts, master classes and clinics with internationally renowned flutists, teachers, and clinicians.

Directed by Dr. Cristina Ballatori, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music, the Flute Choir will be performing for the first time at the NFA Convention. The ensemble was selected after submitting an audition performance last November. 

“The musicians are coming from all over the world. They are the best of the best,” said Ballatori. “To hear these people and to meet other people from around the country who are excited about music and to perform is a tremendous opportunity for our music students.”

The students will perform in an NFA Flute Choir Showcase/Lobby Concert at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 in the Galleria Lobby at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel where the convention is taking place.  

The ensemble will also perform “Ridin’ on the City of New Orleans”, an original composition by UTB percussion student Mathew Campbell of San Benito. Campbell wrote the piece in 2012 for the UTB Flute Choir.

CAPTION GOES HERE ALSO Composer Mathew Campbell leads the flutists during practice.

“‘Ridin' on the City of New Orleans’ is a piece about a train ride that takes you from the origins of jazz all the way to present day swing, second line and even features the traditional ‘When the Saints Go Marching In,’” said Campbell . “It took two months composing this piece, and I am very excited to have this piece performed. I cannot wait to conduct this piece at the convention.”

The Flute Choir will also join with the One O’Clock Guitar Ensemble for Flautarra!, a combined flute and guitar ensemble directed by Dr. Michael Quantz, Associate Professor of Music, in a performance of “Tico-Tico No Fuba” by Zequinha Abreau. Quantz arranged the music for this collaboration.  

“Playing with the flutes is different;  it’s fun and it brings the music to life,” said Jose Villarreal, senior music education major. “We meet at least one week, lately more. We are preparing to do what we have to do.”

Flute students tune their instruments during practice. Flute students tune their instruments during practice.

While in New Orleans, the Loyola University College of Music and Fine Arts will host the UTB guitarists at a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 in Roussel Hall in the Communications Music Complex. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.

“We are the only guitar septet that has actually gone on tour in Texas,” Quantz said. “We developed such a fun and energetic set of pieces over the last few months that we simply had to take it on the road.”

The UTB Guitar Program has been featured twice on National Public Radio’s “Guitar Alive!" show hosted by Tony Morris and internationally syndicated.  They have also performed by invitation for the Guitar Foundation of America

The students leave for New Orleans by bus early Wednesday, Aug. 7.​ ​​​​​​

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