USA Flute Studio Recital - The French Connection - Feb. 3 at Laidlaw

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

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Flute Studio Recital - "French Connection"

Flutist Andra Bohnet, pianist Jasmin Arakawa, members of the USA Flute Studio and guest artist Timothy Hagen will present a concert of music associated with the French tradition of flute playing. The event will take place in the USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on Tuesday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. Music of Claude Debussy, Philippe Gaubert, Albert Roussel, Henri Dutilleux, Jacques Ibert, Francois Borne and Charles Tomlinson Griffes will be featured.

Admission to this Department of Music Concert is free and open to the public. Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.

About the concert and performers

The French flute style, taught at the Paris Conservatoire at the end of the Nineteenth Century, became the predominant influence in the repertoire and performance of the instrument, spreading throughout the world and forming the basis of the American style. The French teachers and performers preferred the sensuous qualities of the silver flute as opposed to the wooden instruments which were still being used in England and Germany. The silver flute was capable of a more homogenous sound throughout the range of the instrument as well as a variety of tone colors, nuance and sensibility, in many ways reflecting the cadence of the French language. The opening flute solo of Debussy’s "Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune" is a perfect example of these qualities!

Andra Bohnet and Jasmin Arakawa are faculty members in the USA Department of Music. Guest artist Timothy Hagen received his D.M.A. from the University of Texas and is the principal flutist of the Missouri Symphony. Performers from the USA Flute Studio are Brianna Smith, Nicole Carrion, Elizabeth Holmes, Bayleigh Cook, Ivan Merriweather, Rebecca Reinhardt and Alicia Daniels.

Need directions to Laidlaw? Just go to Google Maps at and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center." We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event! Call (251) 460-7116 or email Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert! (Pass Holders only please! Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.

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