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  • Writer's pictureRachel Blumenthal

Flute Studio Recital!

Thanks so much to all of the students who submitted videos for our virtual studio recital. This is the best birthday present I could have received from all of you!

An informal program, if you'd like a preview of what's in store:

Emily Xu, age 7, plays Polly Wolly Doodle and Bransle Duet. For the duet, Emily is playing along with a recording I made of the second flute part.

Haewon Won, age 10, plays her F Major scale exercise.

Gregory Corr, age 10, plays Beethoven's Ode to Joy.

Jemilah Ha, age 10, plays Kirby's Dream Song from Nintendo. (Special credit goes to Gregory for requesting that I transcribe this!)

Ainsley Padgett, age 12, plays the main theme from Star Wars. Ainsley wins the award for being extremely savvy at iMovie and for performing in costume...the Force is strong with this one.

Alex Xu is a first year student at the University of Chicago and made the transition from piano to flute less than one year ago. He is performing Handel's Siciliana and Giga.

Pan Fayang works at Google, is pursuing a master's degree at the University of Chicago's part-time program, and still finds time to practice his flute diligently. Here, he performs the first flute part to Henry Altés' Etude No. 11. You'll see a familiar face playing the second part...Pan did a great job lining up our videos so that it sounds like we're playing "together!"

At the end, I included two short videos of my own. The first is a beautiful movement from Vincent Persichetti's Serenede No. 10 for Flute and Harp with my dear friend Emily Klein on harp. Emily lives all the way in Houston, but we used an app to play "together!"

The second video is an arrangement of the Parks and Recreation theme song for flute and french horn. My friend Renée Vogen came up with the idea, and it gave me a nice excuse to play the piccolo!

(If you haven't watched Parks and Recreation, put away your sourdough starter, stop working on that Tik Tok video, and watch it. Leslie Knope is the hero we all need right now.)

I'm so incredibly proud of the resilience, discipline, and perseverance I've seen from all of you over the past few months. These circumstances have tested every one of us, and I've been so inspired by the unbreakable spirit in all of you.

A special note of thanks goes to the parents: thank you for the support and encouragement you give your children every day! You are all heroes to me.

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