Students to perform
at National Flute Convention in New Orleans
Flute professor Cristina Ballatori and music professor Michael Quantz work with students during rehearsal.
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.
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
by Dr. Cristina
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Composer Mathew Campbell leads the flutists during practice.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
students leave for New Orleans by bus early Wednesday, Aug. 7.