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Ernst Bloch, “Prayer from a Jewish Life” arr. by Francine Pancost (David Shostac, soloist)

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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Spring Sensations | San Diego Flute Guild Spring Festival

The next Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra concert, SPRING SENSATION, is at the San Diego Spring Flute Festival, April 19th at 11 a.m. at San Diego State University School of Music and Dance, located at 5550 Campanile Dr., San Diego 92182. Please click here for parking information.

Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra Conductor Charles 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. He will lead the group in a variety of works including Parry’s Lady Radnor’s Suite, his original work, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, and Ernst Bloch’s Prayer from a Jewish Life with Frederick Staff, Founder of the SOA Flute Orchestra, performing solo flute. James Galway, in his masterclass exclaimed to Frederick Staff, “Samson, where did you get such an enormous sound?”

The concert will also feature Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits with Special Flute Soloist, Jean Ferrandis, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and close with J. S. Bach’s Air on a G String as the Finale open to all Festival flutists. French flute soloist and conductor Jean Ferrandis enjoys an international career that takes him throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Leonard Bernstein was so impressed by his 1987 performance of the adagio from Mozart’s D major concerto that he remarked “It is Pan himself!” and subsequently composed a cadenza for Mr. Ferrandis. He has presented recitals, performed chamber music, and appeared as soloist with orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls in the world under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Tibor Varga, Laurent Petitgirard, and Yoram David. His appearances at the 2006 National Flute Association convention in Pittsburgh, an event attended by three thousand flutists, included a gala headliner concert in Heinz Hall and a master class. Jean Ferrandis unanimously received his first prize from the Lyon Conservatoire, where he studied with Maxence Larrieu. A prize winner at such as international competitions as Munich, Barcelona, and The Young Concert Artists in New York, he was awarded the grand prize at the 1986 Prague Spring Festival International Flute Competition.

Admission to the concert is $20/person for SDFG members and $30/person for non-members. Parking is $3 for SDFG guests, and must be purchased by April 1st or the rate is $15 at the door. To view excerpts from previous Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra concerts, go to www.soafluteorchestra.com/videos/. For details on the concert, contact Frederick Staff, Founder and Artistic Director of the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra at 323.823.1078.

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