The Festival Flutes, a nine-flute ensemble featuring genre-defying selections from Brahms to the Beach Boys, will perform a free concert, rain or shine, Monday at 7 p.m., at Wahbe Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave., north of Nine Mile. at St. Clair Shores.
Attendees are advised to bring lawn chairs to the event, which features beloved classical pieces (Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite” and “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted”), works from the late 19th century. 19th and early 20th century (“Golliwog’s Cakewalk” by Debussy and “The Cascades” by Scott Joplin), and more recent pop culture touchstones such as “The Mexican Hat Dance” and a mix of Beach hits Boys which includes favorites such as “Good Vibrations”, “I Get Around” and “Surfin ‘USA”
“The Festival Flutes have performed together every week for almost 30 years,” said director Laurie Strachan. “We often play background music for special events such as weddings and parties, and we play sacred music in local churches. … Our members have performed with the Warren Concert Band, the Grosse Pointe Community Band and the Orchester symphonique de Grosse Pointe. “
Under the direction of conductor Ralph Miller, the group continued to perform regularly in the area, particularly during the Christmas period and during weekly training sessions at the retirement homes in the communities of Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores – something the group is hoping to pick up after the COVID-19 threat is completely over.
“If you know of a flautist, high school to adult who would like to join our Thursday night rehearsals,” said Strachan, “please contact me at [email protected]”
Following the Flutes Festival, the St. Clair Shores Monday night chamber music concert series continues through the end of August with the following lineup, each at 7:00 p.m.
- 7/26 Jeff Cavataio
- 8/2 Belgium American Assoc. Bandaged
- 8/9 music sounds
- String trio Montague 8/16
- 8/23 M / O Saxophone Quartet
- 8/30 Swing Shift Orchestra