Silver Winds to perform

Silver Winds Flute Choir will presents “From Sea to Shining Sea: Music from the Old World to the New” on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. This free concert will held at First United Methodist Church, 200 Market St., Warren. Selections from French, English and Irish composers to the new and uniquely American Melvin Lauf Jr. composition, “Welcome!,” present a variety of styles and eras of music. Familiar American pieces on this program will include “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Gimme Dat Ole Time Religion” and “America the Beautiful.” “The American Duet” by Franz Doppler arranged by Griesman combines American musical motifs from “The Boatman’s Dance,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Yankee Doodle” and “Hail Columbia” into a flute duet with choir accompaniment.

The Silver Winds Flute Choir is an ensemble consisting of six flutists from Warren, Russell, Youngsville and surrounding areas. This group grew from a core of five musicians that began playing together in 2007. The group size has fluctuated over time with up to ten flutists. The full complement of flutists allows the choir to perform a wide range of styles represented in the flute choir repertoire.

The choir performs a variety of music that includes classical, popular, sacred, and Celtic selections. Many of these pieces are well known songs, hymns, or compositions, originally written for orchestra or mixed ensemble, that have been transcribed for flute choir. The choir also performs selections written specifically for the unique combination of instruments that create the modern flute choir. Silver Winds performs using the C-flute, piccolo, alto and bass flute. Musicians are skilled amateurs, professionals, and teachers all sharing a love of flute music. Current members perform in the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Warren Player’s Theatre Orchestra, Presque Isle Flute Choir, music director at Mission Covenant and as individual performers at local venues. Newest member Brandi Eastman was a member of the Marine Band.

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, the State Hospital, and senior citizen centers, and churches.

Silver Winds members for the April 27 performance will be Penny Chaffee, Becky Darbee, Betty Fitzgerald, Pat Murphy, Brandi Eastman, and Olivia Zapel. For more information, contact Becky Darbee 688-2054.