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By C. Scott Hagler
Special to The PREVIEW
Next up on the St. Mark’s 2012-2013 Recital Series is James Pellerite performing on the native flute on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. 3rd Ave. in Durango.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children, and are available at DurangoRecitals.com, by calling (800) 838-3006 and at the door prior to the performance.
As a champion of new music for the native flute and a strong proponent for collaborations, Indiana flutist James Pellerite has commissioned new compositions for native flute and other instruments. For his recital, he’ll be performing with his former student Rochelle Mann on flute, percussionist Jonathan Latta, cellist Katherine Jetter, soprano Linda Mack Berven and organist C. Scott Hagler.
At the recital Pellerite will premiere three new works: “Legends for Solo Flute” by Colorado composer John Heins (johnheins.com); “Oh, That I Had Wings Like a Dove,” for native flute and organ, by David Patterson; and “Canopache” for native flute and drone by Carson Cooman.
Latta and Hagler will premiere Hagler’s “Chant,” for vibraphone and piano.
Since leaving academia, Pellerite has pursued a new career — performing contemporary music on the Native American flute. His publishing company, JP-Publications, well established as a leader in the field of contemporary flute literature, has commissioned works by American composers for the native flute. Beautiful compositions have been created by an impressive roster of outstanding musicians. They feature the native flute in solo, chamber and orchestral settings.
As a performer on the modern flute, Pellerite is well known as an orchestral musician. He succeeded his renowned teacher, William Kincaid, as solo flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also held the position of principal flute with the symphony orchestras of Detroit and Indianapolis and performed with orchestras of Chautauqua (N.Y.), Radio City Music Hall, L’Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. His performances have included those under such eminent conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pablo Casals, Neville Mariner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky and Bruno Walter.
For many years, he served as professor of flute at Indiana University, and many of his students now hold prominent university and symphony positions. During much of his career as a classical flutist and artist teacher, he has appeared throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and abroad. Numerous residencies have included tours to Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and People’s Republic of China. For a return invitation by the National Youth Orchestra of Hong Kong he offered classes and woodwind seminars.