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Flute Choir Invited to Perform at NFA convention

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The Penn State Flute Choir has been invited to perform on a special featured concert at the 43rd annual National Flute Association (NFA) convention, to be held in Washington, D.C. August 13-16th, 2015. With a record breaking 49 proposed choirs this year, Penn State is one of only 22 accepted to perform.

Inspired by the flutists in groups such as Project Trio and The Fourth Wall, the Penn State Flute Choir has designed an engaging and interdisciplinary program, entitled "Sound in Motion”. This thirty-minute program celebrates the diverse span of music heard throughout the world and is paired with choreographed dancers and flutists. In collaboration with the Penn State School of Dance their program features elements of dance and motion, allowing the performers to break down the “behind the stand” barrier and engage more directly with their audience.

Performed entirely by memory, the program will open with a performance of "Japanese Folk Suite" in which the flutists evoke the sounds of the Japanese Shakuhaci flutes. This piece is followed by"Malaguena", a thrilling rendition of Ernesto Lecuona's famous tune. The flute choir will then perform a collection of pieces from Ireland and play the beautiful and moving rendition of "A Gaelic Offering". Switching gears into modern times, they will follow the Irish tunes with the first movement of the beat-boxing quartet "Loops." The concert will conclude with "Bumble Boogie,” a jazzy version of the famous flute melody from "Flight of the Bumble Bee."

The Penn State Flute Choir is comprised of 15 members: thirteen undergraduates and two graduate students.