SPCO and Claire Chase invite 150 flutists to perform in world premiere

Posted on: December 22, 2016

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and flutist Claire Chase are inviting 150 flutists to join them in a performance of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Il Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni (Cutting the Circle of Sounds) on February 1, 2017 at the Ordway Concert Hall in downtown Saint Paul. The SPCO is seeking adult amateurs and flute students ages 10 and older, of all skill levels, from local universities, community colleges, and middle school and high school programs to fill the ranks of the flute chorus. For the concert, participating flutists will join Chase plus SPCO flutists Julia Bogorad-Kogan and Alicia McQuerrey and University of Minnesota Associate Flute Professor Immanuel Davis. The Sciarrino piece, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s spiraling architecture, places flute soloists in a circle surrounding the audience, with processions of 150 migrating flutists. Flute choir members will be asked to attend rehearsals led by Chase in the week before the performance, and are also invited to participate in flute workshops led by Bogorad-Kogan and McQuerrey. For more information visit thespco.org/flutes.