Woodbridge, VA (October 31, 2017) – The Woodbridge Flute Choir (WFC), directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, will present its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00PM at Greenwich Presbyterian Church in Nokesville, VA.
The concert will benefit Farthest Corners, a non-profit organization focused on educational and humanitarian mission in Burma. For more than eleven years the Nokesville-based foundation, under the leadership of Nokesville native Austin House and a team of Asian workers, has provided relief following typhoons and rice famine in Burma, operated a home and school for orphans and other children displaced by war and tribal conflict in Burma and provided educational and spiritual support in villages and refugee camps along the Thailand/Burma border. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to support the extensive work Farthest Corners is doing in Burma and Thailand.
Guest vocalists Judy Raze, Karen Savia, and 11-year-old Callie Smith from Greenwich Presbyterian Church will join the flute choir for three pieces. Judy and Karen will sing two beautiful contemporary Christian classics, Mary Did You Know? and Breath of Heaven arranged for flute choir by Phyllis Louke. Callie will sing Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from the popular children’s move “Frozen.”
The flute choir will also perform arrangements of three favorite Christmas carols O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and Silent Night (both arranged by Ann Cameron Pearce), and Away in A Manger by Steve Sample plus a lovely arrangement of the choral piece There Is No Rose by Z. Randall Stroope, arranged by Phyllis Louke. They will also perform Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda’s original work for flute choir, Kyriale. Also included will be a jazzy arrangement of Rise Up Shepherd and Follow by Ann Cameron Pearce and two fun arrangements of the holiday classics Jingle Bells by Valerie Coleman and The Twelve Days of Christmas by Amy Rice-Young.
About the Woodbridge Flute Choir:
The Woodbridge Flute Choir, directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, has 25 members who play flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute. Since its inception in 1996, the WFC has presented a regular concert series in Northern Virginia and has performed at charitable and gala events, Flute Society of Washington events, and flute choir festivals. The Choir has performed at the Kennedy Center and the White House, and most recently was invited to perform at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 National Flute Association Conventions. As part of its mission to educate its members and the Washington area flute community, the Choir has sponsored masterclasses and performed with internationally acclaimed flutists such as Per Oien, John Barcellona, Tadeu Coelho, Chris Potter, Alexa Still, Thomas Robertello, Aaron Goldman, and piccolo soloist Nan Raphael. In recognition of the need for new music written specifically for flute choir, the WFC has commissioned and presented world premieres of original works by Gretchen Morse, Nancy Wood, Lee Larsen, Mel Lauf, Jonathan Cohen, Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, Russell Nadel, and Greg Lutz. The group has produced four commercial CDs – Butterfly, Woodbridge Suite, Passages and A Silver Christmas. All are available for download either on CD Baby, iTunes, or through amazon.com. For more information about the choir, its upcoming concerts and its recordings, please visit www.woodbridgeflutechoir.org.
Debbie Gilbert, the artistic director, resides in Broad Run, Virginia near Warrenton and holds a B.M.E. from Louisiana State University. She has taught private flute lessons to youth and adults for over 25 years. She is the principal flutist with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and a nine-time winner in the National Flute Association’s annual Professional Flute Choir Competition. Currently she serves as president of the board of directors of the Flute Society of Washington.
More information about the Woodbridge Flute Choir and its 2017-2018 season may be found at www.woodbridgeflutechoir.org.
This concert is generously sponsored by Heritage Financial.
This concert is also generously supported in part by funding from NOVEC, and
Prince William County