The contrabass flute, a recent addition to the flute family, stands over 6 feet tall, is made of 18.1 feet of tubing and must be played while standing. It has a low and mellow sound, sounds two octaves below the concert flute, and is now an essential member of the flute choir.
Based in Florida where she plays with the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra, Long has performed throughout the world as a low flute specialist. She is also conductor of the Boston area Metropolitan Flute Orchestra and plays with the International Flute Orchestra, which will be touring in Turkey this summer.
During her MSU concert, Long will be accompanied by the MSU Flute Choir as well as "Flutes and Friends," a professional touring ensemble that is part of the Bozeman Symphony's Outreach program. The program will include Handel's "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba," Bach's "Badinerie," and "Pavane" by Gabriel Faure. Contemporary works include Eastman's "Blues for Basso," as well as several works by local composer Alan Leech. The concert will conclude with a performance by the massed flute choir playing Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," with the famous piccolo solo performed by Long on the contrabass flute.
Long's residency is sponsored jointly by the MSU Department of Music, the Bozeman Symphony and Altus Flutes.
Reynolds Recital Hall is located in Howard Hall, across 11th Ave. from the MSU Duck Pond. Admission is $10 for general and $5 for students.
Karen Leech (406) 994-5761 firstname.lastname@example.org