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.