Inspired by Nature: An Evening of Music and Art

In a rare performance outside of California, the Song of Angels (SOA) Flute Orchestra presents a concert complementing original paintings by world-renowned wildlife artist Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen (his “Hippopotamus & Nile Softshells” is pictured). Los Angeles-based SOA is the only flute ensemble in the world with a low flute section that includes a double contrabass flute, one of only four in existence. As the lowest pitched metal flute in the world, this instrument has the ability to bring a soft lilting, as well as more powerful tones.

Under the baton of Charles Fernandez, the concert features soloists Michelle Brest van Kempen on flute and tenor Egan C. Carroll. Along with audience favorites, the program features two world premieres: “Forest Stories” by Charles Fernandez and “Land of the Arctic Fire” by Jonathan Cohen.

Exploring the rich variety of nature, Brest van Kempen’s paintings offer visual storytelling. “I deeply appreciate the amazing detail of wildlife Carel exhibits in his work,” Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International, says. “I had to look twice at several of his works to be sure they were not photographs.”

A tranquil finale to a summer day, minus the sizzling heat, this special combo of music and art is a chance to get lost in the many moods of the flute while immersed in nature. “As the poet captures the beauty of life in his golden words which seem to stop time,” SOA founder Frederick Staff says, “Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra seeks to bring healing and beauty to a suffering world.” (Colette A. Finney)

Inspired by Nature: An Evening of Music and Art @ Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.

Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen

Santa Monica “Star” News

On Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 7:00pm, the celebrated Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra concert will perform a concert at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica (https://www.mosstheater/com/visit). For concert details or directions please contact Lisa Norton at (206) 218-6007.

Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra was founded by flautist and educator Frederick Staff in 2005. Song of the Angels is a Los Angeles-based ensemble comprised flutes of all sizes, including piccolos, C flutes, Alto and Bass flutes, Contra-bass flutes, and a Double-contra bass flute — one of only four double-contras in the world!  Song of the Angeles plays 6-10 concerts a year in the LA area and also performs each February in San Diego. Our concerts include classical music, jazz, and international pieces, and we are often joined by well-known soloists such as Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s David Shostac, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson, harpist Naomi Alter among others. As part of our outreach to developing artists, we invite audience flutists to join us in playing an encore piece at the end of each concert. Please follow us on Facebook for notifications about upcoming concerts as well as video bites of our rehearsals. If you would like to be added to our email list for concert details, please send us a message!

The April 14th concert, under the baton of music director Charles Fernandez, will include works by Massenet, Cimarosa, Gershwin, Strauss, Piazzola among others.  The Cimarosa Concerto will be performed by flautists David Shostac and Susan Greenberg.

General Admission: $20/Adult, $15/ Seniors and $5/Children under 18.  Concert is free to New Roads school families and staff. Tickets are available at  To hear excerpts from previous Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra concerts, go to

Song of the Angeles Flute Orchestra is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.  Contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law.

FREE Concert at Emmanuel Lutheran in N. Hollywood

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
6020 Radford Ave
N. Hollywood, CA 91606

On the Program:
Bach Prelude in G
Handel Harp Concerto in Bb Major (Mvmt 1)
Barber Adagio for Strings
Debussy Afternoon of a Faun
Due Due Dong
Jungle Fantasy

Featuring soloists David Shostac, Flute and Autumn Ramey, Harp

Flyer PDF available here: Song of the Angels at Emmanuel Lutheran June 9, 2013