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May 2022 First Tuesday - A Performance by the Rose City Flute Choir

Have questions about the alto, bass and contrabass flutes? Now is a time to get those answers! This performance will be followed with a meet and chat with some members of this established and excellent group of flutists. 

Lisa Steinkamp & bass flute (small)

Rose City Flute Choir Program

Hosted by Phyllis Louke, Music Director

  • Tico Tico by Zequinha de Abreu - promo video for Flute Fair 2010 (produced by Nancie Thompson)
  • Lion Sleeps Tonight, arr. Adrian Dee; video by Adrian Dee
  • The Planets by Gustav Holst, arr. Phyllis Avidan Louke; video by Adrian Dee (1. Mars, 2. Venus, 3. Mercury)
  • Canyon Dreams by Phyllis Avidan Louke
  • Over the Edge by Benjamin Boone
  • Mission Impossible by Lalo Schifrin
  • Secret Language of Snow by Kirk Vogel, Mvmt 3: Swirling Snow Above Ridge-tops

April 2022 First Tuesday - Learning and Performing the Bach Partita in A Minor for Solo Flute: This session featured a performance of the first movement Allemande by Alicia DiDonato Paulsen, assistant principal flute of the Oregon Symphony. The performance, originally recorded for the Oregon Symphony’s online presence, was followed with Alicia sharing some of her insights about learning and performing the Allemande. All-in-all this 45 minute session was a perfect balance of outstanding flute playing of a beautiful piece, informative, and a relaxed "meet the performer" Q&A. 

Originally from Stoneham, Massachusetts, Alicia DiDonato Paulsen is the assistant principal flute of the Oregon Symphony. Prior to moving to Portland, Alicia had a long and varied freelance career in Boston, where she was a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Opera Boston orchestras. In and around Boston, Alicia was also the principal flute for Boston Musica Viva, Radius Ensemble, the Firebird Ensemble, and frequently appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Pops.

From 1998 to 2001, following her studies at the Hartt School with John Wion, Alicia was a member of the New World Symphony. She was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow during the 1999 and 2000 summer seasons, and appeared as a New Fromm Player at Tanglewood in 2005. In 2003, she obtained her M.M. from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Fenwick Smith. She has participated in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and has performed internationally in Costa Rica, Russia, and the Netherlands.

Alicia’s chamber music collaborations include appearances with the Emerson String Quartet and the Borromeo String Quartet. Additionally, she has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Santa Fe Symphony, and the New World Symphony. She won first prize at the 2005 Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the 2003 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, and the 1999 Frank Bowen Competition. In 2006, Alicia won third prize in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.

When she’s not performing with the symphony, Alicia can be found gardening, eating chocolate, reading science fiction, yelling karaoke, and running after her two kids, Sylvie Lill and Harold Danger. She and her husband Dwane love the Oregon craft brewing scene, and make their home in NE Portland.

Premiere First Tuesday, March 1, 2022

featuring  a performance by Amelia Lukas of new works for

solo flute, alto flute and piccolo by members of Cascadia Composers

Lukas is a Powell Flutes Artist.

New Music from Oregon for Solo Flute: Join us for the premiere First Tuesday!

Featuring a performance by member Amelia Lukas , new music of healing and renewal for solo flute, alto flute and piccolo, by members of Cascadia Composers. This performance was recorded live at the Leach Botanical Garden, September 26, 2021. Composers Lisa Marsh, David Bernstein and others will join the Q&A following the performance.

Program LinkThe Albatross by Lisa Ann Marsh; Rebirth by Jan Mittelstaedt; Three Movements from Four Blossoms on a Single Stem by David Bernstein (four movements, including a movement with piccolo); The Air I Breathe by Jay Derderian; and, There Are Flowers in the Window by Mark Vigil.

Known for her pure tone, flexible technique, and passionate interpretations, flutist Amelia Lukas performs with “a fine balance of virtuosity and poetry,” (The New York Times) and “a buoyancy of spirit that comes out in the flute, a just beautiful sound.” (Boston Globe) A Powell Flutes artist and Portland resident, Lukas’ recent engagements include solo appearances with Chamber Music Northwest, Fear No Music, March Music Moderne, Portland Taiko, the Astoria Music Festival, Music in the Woods, Cascadia Composers, and for All Classical Portland’s live radio broadcasts, with additional chamber and orchestral performances for the Eugene Symphony, Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Portland Piano International, Friends of Chamber Music, 45th Parallel, Oregon Music Festival, and Bridgetown Orchestra. While in New York, Lukas’ career included membership in the American Modern Ensemble and afforded her performances at Carnegie Hall (Main Stage, Zankel Hall, and Weill Recital Hall), Lincoln Center, The Stone, Bargemusic, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and New Music New York Festival. Lauded for her skilled interpretation of new music, Ms. Lukas is a member of Fear No Music and “excels at bringing drama and fire to hyper-modernist works with challenging extended techniques.” (Oregon ArtsWatch) She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music (London) where she received three prizes for musical excellence. Her greatest mentors include John Heiss, Trevor Wye, and Tara Helen O’Connor. Amelia is a Board Member for Chamber Music Northwest and is the Principal and Founder of Aligned Artistry.

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