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As the great physician brings healing to mankind and the poet captures the beauty of life in his golden words which seem to stop time, so the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra seeks to bring healing and beauty to a suffering world and finds itself in complete accord with JS Bach: “I am blessed to put a few notes in the proper place but God makes the music.” Frederick Staff, Founder

Theobold Boehm invented the modern flute in 1847. He preferred playing the alto flute on his own time, would have hailed the day of the C Bass Flute, the F and C Contra-bass Flutes and the F and C Double Contrabass Flutes! Song of the Angels contains the current instrumentation: 9 C Concert Flutes, 1 Piccolo, 5 Alto Flutes, 3 Bass Flutes, 2 Contrabass Flutes and 1 Double Contrabass Flute.

NEW!  Eugenia Zukerman’s Review of “Live at St. James!”
“This is a sensational CD!  With brilliant arrangements for this fine orchestra of flutes, the music takes on vibrant new colors, textures and effects. Samuel Barber’s iconic “Adagio for Strings” is even more powerful played by SOA. Somehow the resonance of the flutes’ sonorities brings out the poignance and visceral pain of loss one senses listening to this great work. The performances of all the works are terrific –wonderful solo playing by Maria Ramey, and David Shostac, but first rate playing by every member of this exciting orchestra.

“Live” is an exquisite and astonishing recording!”   – Eugenia Zukerman (Classical Music Correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning.) 

“I had the leave to conduct Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra Sunday night February 5, 2012. I immediately felt close to this ensemble because they are totally dedicated to the music like me and are always trying to improve! Besides, Frederick Staff was able to carry the group with his positive aura… Song of the Angels and I understood each other immediately and I will never forget them! This is the link I always need to make a great performance!!! I was amazed at the quality of pitch and beauty of sound of Song of the Angels.” – Jean Ferrandis, world reknowned French flutist, Feb. 7, 2012.

“Samson where did you get such an enormous sound?”- James Galway, in a masterclass, to Frederick Staff

“Three things in life keep me going: The big flutes, James Galway and the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra!” - Eva Kingma, Holland flutist, maker of “the big flutes” and inventor of the patented Kingma System.

“Hearing the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra is an exceptionally rare experience. This group is unique because of it’s wide range of flutes from the piccolo’s highs to the double contrabass’ ultra lows. The name of this orchestra is apropos for the angelic sounds each song exudes. You will be enthralled by the quality of music produced by this most talented group of dedicated musicians.”- Jesse Teiko – String Bass, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and NY Philharmonic.

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All Souls’ Day Concert | Nov. 2nd 2014

The next Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra concert in Los Angeles, ALL SOULS’ DAY, will be held on Sunday, November 2nd at 4:00 p.m. at St. James’ Church in the City. The Church is located at 3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90010.  (Check www.saintjamesla.org for directions/parking under “Come Join Us.”)  In her review of the orchestra’s Live at St. James in the City CD, Eugenia Zukerman, Classical Music Correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, wrote “The ensemble is beautifully balanced and plays with elegance and beauty. Concertmaster Frederick Staff’s tone is rich and warm as he leads this group of superb players…Samuel Barber’s iconic ‘Adagio for Strings’ is even more powerful played by Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra. Somehow the resonance of the flutes’ sonorities brings out the poignance and visceral pain of loss one senses listening to this great work.”

Conductor Charles Fernandez will lead the group in a variety of works including J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #4,  Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Greensleeves,  Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre and Ernst Bloch’s Prayer from a Jewish Life with David Shostac performing solo flute. Mr. Fernandez is a well-known and established composer and orchestrator for film, television and the concert hall, including Disney, MGM and Artisan films plus several Disney television series. Mr. Fernandez will also be conducting his original work, Elegy for Oboe. It is the 2nd movement of Mr. Fernandez¹s Oboe Concerto, dedicated to the memory of his father with solo performance by Lisa Febre, oboist and member of the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra.  Lisa is a graduate of Ithaca College and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance.  She has played on several movie and television scores, in particular, the hit TV series “Smallville.” The concert will conclude with Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain.

David Shostac, Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will perform as solo flutist in his own arrangements of both the Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and the Godard Waltz, accompanied on both pieces by the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra.  An alumnus of Juilliard and Tanglewood and recipient of two Rockefeller performance grants, David is also a relative of the great Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich. A former member of the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, Shostac also performed with the Boston Symphony (Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf and Eugene Ormandy), LA Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta) and took part in the Ojai, Mostly Mozart, Aspen and Oregon Bach festivals.  In reviewing his recent Vivaldi CD, Eugenia Zukerman wrote “Shostac’s range of colors, his embellishments and his gorgeous tone are simply astonishing.”

Free-will donations for the concert are gratefully accepted.  Video excerpts of Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra concerts can be viewed at www.soafluteorchestra.com/videos/. For details on the concert, please contact Frederick Staff, Founder and Artistic Director of the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra at 323.823.1078.

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