Recordings

~ February 8, 2011 - 8:00 PM - George Mason University - Concert Hall - Pre-Carnegie Hall Concert ~


This concert is in preparation for Flutopia’s upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York on Saturday, February 20, 2011 at 8:30 PM.  The group was invited to perform through the Distinguished Concerts International New York series this past September.   Flutopia wishes to dedicate their performance of this concert to the life and memory of Judith Lapple, an extraordinary musician, teacher and friend.  Judy challenged herself and others to achieve at the highest level.  She was that rare human being that impacts everyone within her environment.   Her legacy will be carried on in the many lives she touched.  “Eyes Wide Open”

 

 Eyes Wide Open (2010) by Eric Jackson was composed for Judith Ann Lapple, founder of Flutopia.   Eric writes, “I wrote Eyes Wide Open to thank Judy for her warm support during hard times. The piece changes from major to minor, which represents what I learned from knowing Judy - there are will always be troubling times amidst good ones; however, the piece does in fact end in the major, which is in homage to Judy - no matter how hard your day or week may have been, her lessons always made everything better.  Thank you Judy for being such an inspiration to all.”  Eric is a senior in high school at Georgetown Day School in McLean, VA. He will be attending Stanford University in the fall.  He has been a member of Flutopia under the direction of Judy since 2004.  This version of Eyes Wide Open was composed by Eric for full ensemble. 

Narration for Eyes Wide Open


Performance of Eyes Wide Open


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October (2000) by Eric Whitacre speaks to the composer’s love for the month of October: “Something about the crisp autumn air and the subtle change in light always make me a little sentimental, and as I started to sketch I felt that same quiet beauty in the writing.”  Whitacre turned to the inspiration of such composers as Ralph Vaughn Williams and Edward Elgar to create a sense of romanticism in the simple, pastoral melodies that unfold throughout the work.  An accomplished composer, conductor and clinician, Eric Whitacre (b. 1970), has already achieved substantial critical and popular acclaim, with works such as Godzilla Eats Las Vegas and Ghost Train are among his many compositions performed around the world.  Whitacre resides in Los Angeles where he serves as composer-in-residence for the 160 voice Pacific Chorale and works as a full time composer. 



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Flutopia would like to dedicate Steven Reineke’s Heaven’s Light (2004) to the life and memory of Judy Lapple who was the inspiration and life force behind Flutopia.  She was a musical visionary who crafted a group of diversified students into a unified and committed whole.  She breathed passion into their hearts and minds and has begun a musical legacy that will continue to thrive in her honor.  Heaven’s Light is based on the following poem, which was frequently quoted by Judy herself.  Today, she is honored through this piece and this poem. 

Some people come into our lives and quickly go

Some people move our souls to dance

They awaken us to new understanding

With the passing whisper of their wisdom

Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon

They stay in our lives for awhile,

Leave footprints on our hearts,

And we are never, ever the same…….

May your life interpret your dreams. (Unknown)

Dedicated to Judith Ann Lapple, Founder of Flutopia (October 23, 1953 – August 10, 2010)

 



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Fate of the Gods (2001) by Steven Reineke is a programmatic work for symphonic band, and was inspired by tales of Nordic mythology.  It tells the story of the incredible war between forces of good and evil, bringing about the end of the cosmos.  After the destruction, a new and idyllic world will arise and this new earth will be filled only with joy and abundance.  Born in 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Reineke is a conductor, composer, and arranger.  He is the newly appointed Music Director of the New York Pops and currently resides in New York City.  As a composer, Reineke is known for several of his programmatic works, such as The Witch and the Saint, Symphony No. 1: New Day Rising, River of Life and Rise of the Firebird.  His compositions are performed by concert bands around the world.  




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         ~ December 7, 2010 – 8:00 PM – George Mason   
                        University – Concert Hall ~


The melody of “Greensleeves” can be traced back to about 1360, and is considered to be one of the oldest pieces of secular music in our Western culture.  While the actual title is not known, the story of Greensleeves is a common tale, and is portrayed in Reed’s lyrical melodies in his arrangement of Greensleeves (1993).  In the latter 14th Century, English ladies wore gowns with great billowing sleeves, and the lyrics speak of a lover’s lament over his lady’s cruel treatment of him.  Needless to say, she was clad in a dress with green sleeves!

 

 

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 Flutopia would like to dedicate Steven Reineke’s Heaven’s Light (2004) to the life and memory of Judy Lapple who was the inspiration and life force behind Flutopia.  She was a musical visionary who crafted a group of diversified students into a unified and committed whole.  She breathed passion into their hearts and minds and has begun a musical legacy that will continue to thrive in her honor.  Heaven’s Light is based on the following poem, which was frequently quoted by Judy herself.  Today, she is honored through this piece and this poem. 

Footprints
Some people come into our lives and quickly go

Some people move our souls to dance

They awaken us to new understanding

With the passing whisper of their wisdom

Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon

They stay in our lives for awhile,

Leave footprints on our hearts,

And we are never, ever the same…….

May your life interpret your dreams.

-Unknown
Dedicated to Judith Ann Lapple
(October 23, 1953 – August 10, 2010)




 

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Fate of the Gods (2001) by Steven Reineke is a programmatic work for symphonic band, and was inspired by tales of Nordic mythology.  It tells the story of the incredible war between forces of good and evil, bringing about the end of the cosmos.  After the destruction, a new and idyllic world will arise and this new earth will be filled only with joy and abundance.  Born in 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Reineke is a conductor, composer, and arranger.  He is the newly appointed Music Director of the New York Pops and currently resides in New York City.  As a composer, Reineke is known for several of his programmatic works, such as The Witch and the Saint, Symphony No. 1: New Day Rising, River of Life and Rise of the Firebird.  His compositions are performed by concert bands around the world. 



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Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride (1948) is one of the most famous holiday tunes for concert band.  It captures the essence of holiday joy through its lively rhythms, jazzy interlude, and entertaining sound effects! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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