I just got back from a most wonderful trip to Natchidoches, Louisiana, where I was a guest of Dr. McDermott, teaching her wonderful students and giving a solo flute recital.
The drive from Houston was beautiful, especially heading East over the border from Texas to Louisiana. Out of nowhere one arrives in this beautiful university town of Natchidoches. I was hosted my a supporter of the arts, opening his amazing house right on the river. I felt like i was at a southern grand hotel!
One does not often get asked to play a completely solo flute recital, so the project was very exciting to put together. I started with a transcription by Robert Stallman of Bach’s Allemanda from his solo keyboard partita in D major BWV 828, followed by the entire Marais’ Les Folies d’Espagne. I adore this piece and it was a delight to play it in this vibrant hall! Next, I gave the American premiere of “En un clin d’Oeil” for solo flute by wonderful American composer Jeffrey Harrington! It was very well received and many students asked me where to find Jeff’s music!
I have always loved the 30 Caprices op. 107 by Karg-Elert, so to follow Jeff’s piece I made up a little suite of my favorite seven caprices. I picked some difficult ones and it was fun to perform this combination of them in concert for the first time. I will definitely repeat this. To end the hour long concert with no intermission, a wonderful formula in my opinion, I played another small suite of four South American solo flute pieces: Solo del Pajarillo by Omar Acosta (Venezuela), Contradanza by Paquito D’Rivera (Cuba), Bom Senso by Pixinguinha (Brasil) and El Grillo, a Colombian folk tune.
The next day, I had the pleasure of teaching four of Dr. McDermott’s wonderful students. It is always so refreshing to hear new students, listen to their perspectives, opinions and interpretations.
I want to thank the entire clarinet studio as well, at NSU, for attending my concert and class in mass!!! It is a true pleasure to see such excitement form so many instrumentalists!
I hope to return in the future!