Silver Winds Flute Choir performs Dec. 8 at First United Methodist

Photo submitted to Times Observer Silver Winds Flute Choir, from left, in front, Nancy Scott, Emily Frederick Rose, and Ellen Scalise; and, in back, Becky Darbee, Betty Fitzgerald, Laura Whitten, and Penny Chaffee.

The Silver Winds Flute Choir presents a free concert, A Patchwork of Seasons, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 Market Street, Warren.

This performance celebrates the seasons through musical selections that reflect annual changes and some associated holidays.

The Silver Winds Flute Choir, formed in 2007, has performed winter and spring concerts over the past ten plus years. The selections have included classical, Celtic, and contemporary flute choir pieces that utilize the piccolo, C flute, alto, and bass flute to provide a unique experience for the audience. This concert continues that tradition, including all four voices of the flute.

A Patchwork of Seasons is the theme that drives the selections for this performance-with pieces that are reminiscent of summer, autumn, and winter and a hint of spring to come. Silver Winds Flute Choir selections include the traditional Last Rose of Summer/Groves of Blarney, two themes from Vivaldi’s Autumn-from the Seasons, which represent our movement from summer to fall. America the Beautiful, a familiar patriotic selection reminds us of Veterans Day and the approaching winter. The beauty of the Earth Medley arranged by Ritchie incorporates songs of thanks arranged for flute choir. Many fall and winter seasonal selections are included as well including both Delius’ and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Rides (the classical Delius–Winters Night and contemporary Anderson piece), and Bizet’s Farandole (March of the Kings) from L’Arlisienne Suite No II. Additional selections for this performance include the contemporary, popular pieces Christmas Time is Here, White Christmas, and Do You Hear What I Hear?, as well as the traditional and familiar It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Still, Still, Still, Carol of the Bells, Silent Night, and Ding Dong Merrily on High.

Silver Winds Flute Choir performers include Penny Chaffee (C flute, piccolo) Becky Darbee (C flute, piccolo, alto) Betty Fitzgerald (C flute, piccolo, alto) Emily Rose (C flute, bass), Ellen Scalise (C flute, alto), Nancy Scott (C flute, piccolo, bass), and Laura Whitten (C flute).

The SWFC members come from a variety of backgrounds — amateur enthusiasts to college-trained professionals. All members share a love of flute playing and a commitment to learning together.

New members are welcomed and those interested in SWFC may contact Becky Darbee at 688-2054, or bradandrebecca2@verizon.net, for more information.


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