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Ensemble Concept/21: Celebrating the Feminine Creative Force

Louise E. Addicott & Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, IN

Performing music by Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, Thea Musgrave, and more.

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Ensemble Concept/21

Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph, MI

Rebecca Hovan, flute

Chris French, clarinet

Jennifer Muniz, piano

I would be the first to admit that I am not a big fan of holiday CDs, but every now and then I am very pleasantly surprised.  This is one such occasion.  Rebecca Hovan's CD contains well-known and popular carols, each performed with a new twist that keeps the music fresh.  The opening jazz rendition of 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' is well put together and convincingly played.  Other tracks have similar variety, heard in Hovan's own arrangements for different instrumental combinations, such as multiple flute versions of 'Away in a Manger' and 'Carol of the Bells' and the hypnotic 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel.'  The 'Old St. Nick Rag' adds a wonderfully humorous element to the proceedings, while the jazz version of 'Silent Night' is smooth and atmospheric.  With a CD of such variety, it is quite likely that listeners will have some favorite tracks and some with which they are less taken, but the arrangements are handled well and performed with style.” - Carla Rees

— The Flutist Quarterly

So how many weddings have you played?  And how many different arrangements of favorite pieces have you tried?  And how many are either embarrassingly simple or, let's face it, just plain boring? Finally, we have a really nice collection [Wedding Collection for Flute and Violin] of the most asked-for wedding pieces in arrangements that don't insult and are a pleasure to play.  Although the collection is for flute and violin, the violin parts (edited by Candace Thomas) are easily played by a second flute.  The two parts are beautifully arranged in ways that share melody lines:  for example, in the lovely Arioso (J.S. Bach), the melody line passes from violin to flute and back to violin.  Other examples with similar sharing include Air on a [sic] G String (J.S. Bach), Chopin's Nocturne in Eb Major and Prelude in A Major, and others.  The arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon really is in D major (not all are), and is the most beautiful one I've ever seen, with, again, a sharing that sparkles throughout.  Wagner's Bridal Chorus, Mouret's Rondeau, and Clarke's Prince of Denmark March all locate the melody line primarily with either flute or violin, but all are nicely arranged. The collection includes separate parts for violin and flute and a complete score.  Highly recommended:  this is a very welcome addition to our working repertoire.” - Cynthia Stevens

— The Flutist Quarterly