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Flutists head to Flute Fair on Saturday

Aloha High hosts Greater Portland Flute Society event


Flutists from Oregon and Southwest Washington will gather Saturday for the annual Flute Fair presented by the Greater Portland Flute Society.

The one-day event, held at Aloha High School, offers workshops, performances and master classes for flutists of all levels and ages — from students to professionals and adult amateurs.

Additionally, vendors from throughout the United States will showcase a variety of flutes, from bass flutes to piccolos, as well as sheet music, books, accessories and other flute-related merchandise.

Flute Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The school is at the corner of Southwest 185th Avenue and Kinnaman Road in Aloha.

General admission is $5 per person; and $3 for students and senior citizens. One parent accompanying a flute student receives free admission. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Guest artist Ian Clarke of London will hold open master classes for pre-selected students in the afternoon.

Clarke, a leading composer of flute music, is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and an international Miyazawa Flute artist.

He has performed worldwide in genres ranging from classical opera to rock and roll, including a guest performance with Jethro Tull.

Clarke will lead a morning workshop on extended techniques. “Walk Like This” is a fun, multi-level practical workshop that includes singing and playing, note bending, jet whistles, percussive articulations and blues scale.

Clarke leads a second workshop at noon with insight into his approaches on aspects of basic finger work and tone.

Other workshops are “Clarity, Variety and Musicality in Flute Articulation” with Jerry Pritchard, instructor of flute at Marylhurst University and professor emeritus of music at California State University, San Bernardino; and “Piccolo Tricks Q&A” with Zackaris Galatis, solo piccoloist with the Oregon Symphony. Flutists attending workshops should bring their instruments.

For more details about Flute Fair workshops, performances and other programs, visit gpfs.org.

London flutist performs

The Greater Portland Flute Society will present a recital and reception Friday featuring renowned flutist Ian Clarke.

Clarke, a leading composer of flute music, is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

The program includes a performance of Paul Taffanel’s Fantaisie sur “Der Freischütz,” opéra de C. M. von Weber, with piano accompaniment by Portland pianist Cary Lewis.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave, downtown Portland. The recital is open to the public. General admission is $15. Discounted group tickets are available in advance. Contact Phyllis Louke, 503-579-6987, for group information.

A reception sponsored by the flute society immediately follows Clarke’s performance, giving patrons the opportunity to meet and talk with this world-renowned flutist.



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