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10 November 2015

Holiday Concert with Student Flute Choirs

I feel very lucky to have been invited to conduct the Peninsula Youth Orchestra‘s Flute Ensembles.  I’m enjoying seeing the lovely faces as they progress from week to week.  The Winter Chamber Recital is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at 1:30 PM  at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave, in Redwood City.  Since I do not have any children of my own, I cherish moments with my “flute babies”.  I have so many of them around the world, and now I have 17 fabulous ones right here in my backyard (the Bay Area).

I’m thrilled that the younger group was able to memorize La Rejouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks by Handel.  I firmly believe that if students learn to embrace memorization at an early age, then they don’t freeze with the prospect of playing by heart in the future.

Here is their excerpt from our last rehearsal:


The advanced group will be performing works like Dance of the Mirlitons from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, concluding with a combined ensemble performance of Typewriter by Leroy Anderson.


Here is their performance of Hallelujah by George Frideric Handel.


Leroy Anderson’s Typewriter arrangement by Wonderful Winds.


J.S. Bach’s Badinerie from Suite in B minor