There are plenty of music festivals that come through Indianapolis each year, celebrating different cultural traditions, genres, and even instruments. The most famous and popular of these is probably the Indy Jazz Fest, but there’s also the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the prestigious International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and, on a slightly harder note, X Fest in nearby Noblesville, Indiana. One of the new entries in this roster of musically inclined Indianapolis festivals is the Indy Flute Fest, run by the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club. Entering its third year, the 2011 iteration of the Indy Flute Fest promises to be great fun, not just for professional and aspiring flautists, but also for your everyday Indianapolis music lover. This year, the 2011 Indy Flute Fest will feature accomplished musician and educator Marianne Gedigian, “flute yoga,” the young Daniel Velasco, plenty of vendors, panel discussions, and much more at Hilbert Circle Theatre in Monument Circle on Saturday, February 12, 2011.
|Video of Marianne Gedigian performing “Carnival of Venice” as the solo flutist at the Western International Band Clinic; Gedigian will be performing at the 2011 Indy Flute Fest in Indianapolis|
The guest of honor at the 2011 Indy Flute Fest will be Marianne Gedigian, a Professor of Flute and a professor of music with the Butler University School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Gedigian has certainly paid her dues in the music world; she played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa for many years, and has performed as a soloist all over the United States and the world, from England and Armenia (with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra) to Japan and Australia. Over the course of her long career, Marianne Gedigian has been the recipient of the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition (the same contest that Daniel Velasco, another performer at the 2011 Indy Flute Festival, won in 2008) and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. As an educator, Gedigian has taught at the Brevard Music Center, the Round Top International Institute, the Boston Conservatory, the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, and the Tanglewood Music Center, in addition to being a representative of Butler University in Texas.
|Video of Marianne Gedigian (flute) performing a Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp with the Walden Chamber Players; Gedigian will be performing at the 2011 Indy Flute Fest in Indianapolis|
Also performing at the 2011 Indy Flute Fest will be rising flute star Daniel Velasco. Velasco was the winner of the 2008 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, a victory that earned him $5,000 and a lot of prestige. Velasco was born in Ecuador and displayed an interest in music from an early age. He began playing flute at age 9 and met his current teacher and mentor, Angeleita Floyd, when both were participating in an international music competition in Ecuador. The young flautist was brought to the University of Northern Iowa, where he quickly improved his skills and distinguished himself as an extremely competent musician, earning top spot at the 2007 Instrumental Concerto Competition from the University of Northern Iowa School of Music, a Presser Scholarship, and another first place finish at the 2008 Spotlight Series Competition. The gifted musician also recently won the Claude Monteux Young Artist Competition. Velasco will be performing at 10:15 during the 2011 Indy Flute Fest.
There’s more than just recitals and performances going on during the 2011 Indy Flute Fest. While the recitals are great fun for all Indianapolis people, the true beauty of the festival comes from the benefits to aspiring Indianapolis musicians. The 2011 Indy Flute Fest begins with a “yoga for flutists” class at 8:45. All levels of musician are invited to participate in the Flute Choir from 9:30 to 10:10, after which Daniel Velasco will give his performance. At 11:30 there will be a panel discussion on The French Flute School, and at 1:00 special guest speaker Marianne Gedigian will be presenting her masterclass. There will be another panel discussion at 3:10, this time concerning the flute repertoire of the Indiana State School Music Association. And at 4:00, Marianne Gedigian will give a flute recital that’s absolutely free for everybody interested, an excellent Indianapolis thing to do on a Saturday afternoon. Vendors from Indianapolis businesses will be on hand throughout the day for you to peruse.
Whether you’re an avid Indianapolis music fan, a flautist yourself, or simply a casual observer, you’ll enjoy the 2011 Indy Flute Fest, the third iteration of this increasingly popular Indianapolis event. Taking place on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis, the 2011 Indy Flute Fest will feature vendors, a masterclass with renowned flutist Marianne Gedigian, performances, panel discussions, and more. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Registering at the door will cost $20 for members of the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club and $30 for non-members. Advanced registration is $15 for GIFC members, $10 for their guests, and $30 for non-members. Yet another festival celebrating the rich musical tradition of the Circle City, the 2011 Indy Flute Fest is sure to be an excellent day for everyone.
2011 Indy Flute Fest
Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30/adult, $20/GIFC member, $15/GIFC advance registration, $10/GIFC guest
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