Works for voice and flute performed Feb. 16

Article Published: Feb. 11, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Works for voice and flute performed Feb. 16

From left, pianist Bair Shagdaron, flutist Kay Borkowski and soprano Linda Larson will perform Feb. 16 at Appalachian.

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Works for voice and flute performed Feb. 16

Soprano Linda Larson joins flutist Kay Borkowski in a Feb. 16 recital at Appalachian State University. They will be accompanied by pianist Bair Shagdaron. The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center's Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Kay and Bair," Larson said. "The program will include some pieces for voice and flute alone, and some for all three of us."

The program includes "Rossignols Amoureux" by Jean Philippe Rameau, "Deux poemes de Ronsard, op. 26, no. 1" by Albert Roussel, "Seven Haiku, op. 3" by Katherine Hoover, "Une flute invisible" by Camille Saint-Saens and "La flute enchantee" by Maurice Ravel.

"We also are performing the fabulous piece by Andre Previn 'The Giraffes Go to Hamburg' with a text from Isak Dinesen's 'Out of Africa,' Larson said. "It's an incredibly moving piece about giraffes captured for display, about their nobility and the degradation that awaits them. This piece uses the alto flute, and the color of that instrument makes it especially haunting."

Larson's operatic experiences bring a dramatic element to all of her performances. She has sung leading operatic roles throughout the United States with companies including New York City Opera National Company, Opera Illinois, Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and Opera Memphis.

She has been featured in concert at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, the Chautauqua Institute, with many New York new music ensembles, and with symphonies and festivals from Maine's Bowdoin International to Oregon' Chintimini Chamber Music.
Larson received her bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan, and her masters and DMA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught at Cornell, New York University, and Ithaca College.

She is married to Bill Pelto, new dean of the Hayes School of Music
Borkowski has been principal flutist with the Augusta Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

She also has been a flute soloist with the Indiana Chamber Orchestra, Tampa Bay Chamber Orchestra and the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Hayes School of Music Advisory Board.

She has been a guest soloist with the Wake Forest University Orchestra and the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. She also has made guest appearances with the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble during An Appalachian Summer Festival.

Borkowski has taught at West Virginia University, Ohio University, Indiana University at Fort Wayne, Columbia College, Augusta College, University of South Florida and Appalachian.
She received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University and master's degree from the Ohio State University.

Shagdaron holds degrees from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He has performed throughout the United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Mongolia. An accomplished soloist, Shagdaron took fourth prize at the 1980 International J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany and third prize at the 1992 International Competition for Piano and Orchestra in Mazara del Vallo, Italy. Also in 1992, he was awarded the honorary title of "The People's Artist of Buryat Republic" (Russia).

He taught at Ottawa University in Kansas before joining the music faculty at Appalachian He performed the world premiere of Edward Bullock's "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra." He has been guest artist for An Appalachian Summer Festival, and soloist with the Western Piedmont Symphony.

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