The Silver Winds Flute Choir will present a free concert, "Joyful December," on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on Market Street in downtown Warren. This program will usher in the holiday season with selections of classical and contemporary flute choir music as well as seasonal selections and traditional carols. Familiar pieces from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Handel's Messiah are programmed along with We Three Kings, Greensleeves, Good King Wenceslas, Pat a Pan and Joy to the World.
The Silver Winds Flute Choir is an ensemble of seven flutists from Warren, Russell, Youngsville and surrounding areas. This group grew from a core group of five musicians that began playing together six years ago. The group size has fluctuated over time with up to 10 members. The full complement of flutists allows the choir to perform a wide range of styles represented in the flute choir repertoire while utilizing the C flute, piccolo, alto and bass flutes.
Musicians of the choir are skilled amateurs, professionals and teachers all sharing a love of flute music. The musical experiences of the flutists include performances both past and present in the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Flute Choir of Atlanta, Atlanta Flute Ensemble, Gannon University Adult Flute Choir, City Flutes of Pittsburgh, Triumphant Swing Band, Presque Isle Flute Choir, Warren Civic Orchestra, Marietta Symphony on the Square (GA), Warren Players theater orchestra, Light Strings and Air (flute and guitar) and small ensembles in local venues at weddings and receptions.
Silver Winds Flute Choir performers, from left Nancy Scott Laura Whitten in front and Pat Murphy, Olivia Zapel, Penny Chaffee, Ann Readshaw and Becky Darbee in back.
Silver Winds Flute Choir offers two concerts annually as well as Flutes in the Garden, an outdoor summer concert in the Warren State Hospital Gazebo. Additionally, the choir has performed in the Warren Festival of the Arts, at Warren River Jam, with the Warren Civic Orchestra, and for the Unitarian Universalist Salon Series in Jamestown, N.Y. Silver Winds performs locally for residents at nursing homes, Warren State Hospital, senior centers and churches. They are scheduled to play locally for the Youngsville Hometown Christmas this season. For more information, contact Becky Darbee at 688-2054