Spring Flowers Concert | April 13, 2014 Rancho Palos Verdes

Marymount California University presents the debut performance of the Flauti Virtuosi di Los Angeles on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 4:30 p.m., in a combined program with Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra at the Marymount California University Chapel, 30800 Palos Verdes Drive E. in Ranchos Palos Verdes, 90275. (Check http://www.marymountcalifornia.edu for directions/parking under “Maps and Transportation.”) This Spring Flowers combined concert will also mark the debut appearance of Charles Fernandez, recently appointed conductor of the orchestra. 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.

Flauti Virtuosi will perform the Bozza Jour d’ete a la Montagne and the Ravel String Quartet in F major arranged for four flutes by David Shostac. The new group is led by Mr. Shostac, Artist in Residence at the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra, with Frederick Staff, Founder and Artistic Director of both organizations, Alto Flute, Francine Pancost, Bass Flute and Gordon Halligan, Contrabass Flute.

David Shostac, Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will perform as featured flutist in his own arrangement of both the Ravel String Quartet in F major and the Saint Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor. 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.”

The Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra will be performing Mozart’s Symphony #25, Allegro, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Saint Saens’ Introduction, Rondo and Capriccioso. In her review of the orchestra’s Live at St. James in the City CD, Ms. Zukerman 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.”

Admission is FREE although all donations are gratefully received! These will help fund a double contrabass flute ($8,000) for the orchestra! To view excerpts from previous Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra concerts go to 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 323.687.8747.