Flutist Thomas J. Wible is an Artist Diploma student at Boston University where he studies with Geralyn Coticone. NEC hosts his recital as winner of the 33rd James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, held earlier this year.
Celebrating Fenwick Smith
The Pappoutsakis Prize, first presented in 1980, was established in 1979 in memory of James Pappoutsakis, flutist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nearly four decades and beloved teacher of generations of fine musicians now performing throughout the world. Finalists in the annual competition are chosen (in a blind preliminary round) from among students at New England Conservatory, Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, The Longy School of Music, and Berklee College of Music.
This year's prizewinner concert also honors another former BSO flutist and influential teacher/performer, Fenwick Smith, who jointed the faculty at NEC in 1982, four years after he joined the BSO. For more than 30 years, Fenwick gave an annual recital in early September—during the BSO's vacation weeks—that marked the informal launch of Boston's musical season. The flutist aimed high in planning his programs, exploring new corners of the repertory, collaborating with accomplished guest artists, and vowing to never repeat works (for the most part he succeeded in this). His lifetime of artistic achievement will be celebrated with remarks and performances by musical friends and colleagues as a prelude to the winner's recital.
Among the works to be performed by Wible will be John Heiss's Serenade for Flute and Harp, dedicated to the composer's late wife, Arlene. It's one of several works that Fenwick Smith commissioned and performed himself and which will be featured on an upcoming recording of Heiss's flute music, Serenade: Fenwick Smith Performs Music of John Heiss. Also, with colleagues Franziska Huhn, harp, and Ayako Yoda, piano, Wible will play:
Leclair: Sonata in E minor Op.9 No. 2
Widor: Suite for Flute and Piano, Opus 34
Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Sinfonische Canzone
Peter Child: Dialogue for Solo Flute (commissioned for the Pappoutsakis Competition).
Prior to the concert, there will be masterclasses for each of the three different high school districts covered by the Pappoutsakis organization.
The Competition is supported in part by: Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Burkart Flutes, Flute FX, Flutristry Boston, Galdieri Flute Repair, Keefe Piccolo Company, Landell Flutes, Levit Flute Co., Mancke Flutes, Music Espresso, Nagahara Flutes/NNI, Suffolk Dental Group, Verne Q Powell Flutes, Wm. S. Haynes Company, Williams Flutes, Yesterday Service, and Your Flute Works.
Thomas J. Wible, Biography
Thomas J. Wible has been a concerto soloist throughout the USA and Europe, including appearances at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany; Dvorak Hall in Prague, Czech Republic; Franz Liszt Hall in Budapest, Hungary; Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA; and the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall in Miami, FL. He gave his Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut in October of 2011.
Recent awards include First Prize Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, First Prize Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, Second Prize New York Flute Club Competition, Second Prize NFA Piccolo Young Artist Competition, and Semi-Finalist in the Concert Artist Guild International Competition. In the summer of 2011 he was a guest artist at the International Festival of Music in Santa Fiora, Italy. Thomas performs regularly with the Boston Harp Trio and is currently Principal Flutist of the Haffner Sinfonietta chamber orchestra.