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Pappoutsakis Winner's Recital

Thomas J. Wible performs. Concert also honors Fenwick Smith on lifetime achievements.

James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition Presents 33rd Annual Winner’s Recital, September 8, 2013 in NEC’s Jordan Hall

Competition Winner Thomas J. Wible, Flute, Appears with Ayako Yoda, Piano and Franziska Huhn, Harp

Concert Features Special Tribute to Fenwick Smith, Former Second Flute of Boston Symphony Orchestra and NEC Faculty, Whose Annual Recitals Traditionally Opened Boston Concert Season

The James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition will present flutist Thomas J. Wible, winner of the 33rd annual contest, in a recital on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. The competition, 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.

This year’s Winner’s Recital also honors another former BSO flutist and influential teacher/performer, Fenwick Smith, who performed with the BSO from 1978 to 2006 and served on the NEC faculty from 1982 until 2012.  For 35 years Fenwick gave an annual recital in early September that marked the informal launch of Boston's musical season. His lifetime of artistic achievement will be celebrated with remarks and performances by musical friends and colleagues as a prelude to the September 8 concert. Among those paying tribute will be flutist Leone Buyse, long-time colleague of Fenwick Smith, co-founder with him of the Greater Boston Flute Association, and herself a former BSO member and NEC faculty member.

Mr. Wible’s program will include Serenade for Flute and Harp by John Heiss (commissioned by Fenwick Smith and written in memory of Heiss’ late wife Arlene), Sonata in E minor Op.9 No. 2 by Jean Marie Leclair, Suite for Flute and Piano, Opus 34 by Charles Marie-Widor, Sinfonische Canzone by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, and Dialogue for Solo Flute by Peter Child (commissioned for the Pappoutsakis Competition).

The September 8 concert marks a new collaboration between New England Conservatory (NEC) and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Fund and Competition, as the two organizations are jointly hosting the Pappoutsakis Winner’s Recital, for the first time, in Jordan Hall, one of the world’s premier concert venues.

Bios and Further Details:

Thomas James Wible, First Prize winner of the 33rd Annual James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, holds a fellowship in the Artist Diploma Program at Boston University's College of Fine Arts as a student of Geralyn Coticone. He has been a concerto soloist in the United States and Europe, performing at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig; Dvorak Hall in Prague; Franz Liszt Hall in Budapest; Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh; and the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall in Miami. 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 National Flute Association 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. Mr. Wible performs regularly with the Boston Harp Trio and is Principal Flutist of the Haffner Sinfonietta chamber orchestra.

Fenwick Smith joined the Boston Symphony as second flutist in 1978 and played his final concert as a member of the Orchestra on August 27, 2006.  During that time, he spent five years as acting assistant principal flute of the BSO and first flute of the Boston Pops Orchestra.  After his retirement from the BSO, Smith expanded his teaching commitment at NEC, serving there until his retirement in 2012, marking three decades on the NEC faculty. Smith was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society from 1984 to 2011; performed on baroque flute with leading early-music ensembles; and for 13 years was a member of the contemporary-music ensemble Boston Musica Viva.   His annual Jordan Hall recitals, performed for 35 years, became a prominent feature of Boston’s concert calendar.   As a concerto soloist, Smith introduced Boston audiences to works by Lukas Foss, John Harbison and Christopher Rouse.  His discography includes premiere recordings of works by Copland, Foote, Gaubert, Ginastera, Koechlin, Dahl, Schulhoff, Schoenberg, Harbison, Cage, Pinkham, Rorem, and Reinecke.  He has recorded for Nonesuch, Hyperion, Koch, and Naxos.  A 2001 recipient of NEC’s Laurence Lesser Award for Excellence in Teaching, Smith taught master classes in China, Japan, Europe, and across the United States.

Peter Child is Professor of Music, MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT and composer-in-residence with the New England Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2005 to 2008, he was Meet the Composer-American Symphony Orchestra League "Music Alive" composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.  Child’s composition teachers include William Albright, Bernard Barrell, Arthur Berger, Martin Boykan, Jacob Druckman and Seymour Shifrin. He has received awards and commissions from The Jebediah Foundation, Bank of America Celebrity Series, New England Conservatory, Fromm Foundation, Tanglewood, MIT Council for the Arts, Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities and others, as well as fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the Watson Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and the Composers' Conference at Wellesley College.  His music has been recorded on New World, Lorelt (UK), CRI, Neuma, Centaur, and Rivoalto (Italy).

Leone Buyse is the Joseph and Ida Kirkland Mullen Professor of Flute at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She has performed widely as a soloist and with orchestras and ensembles in North America, Europe and Japan.   Dr. Buyse performed for many years with the BSO and the Boston Pops and served on the faculty of NEC.  A long-time colleague of Fenwick Smith, she was co-founder with him of the Greater Boston Flute Association.

The James Pappoutsakis Memorial Fund and Competition, first presented in 1980, was established in 1979 in memory of James Pappoutsakis, flutist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops 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, Longy School of Music Bard College and The Berklee College of Music.  The competition is supported in part by:  Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Burkart Flutes, Flute FX, Flutristry Boston, Galdieri Flute Repair, Keefe Piccolo Company, Landell Flutes, Mancke Flutes, Music Espresso, Nagahara Flutes/NNI, Noteworthy Sheet Music, Suffolk Dental Group, Verne Q Powell Flutes, Wm. S. Haynes Company, Williams Flutes, Yesterday Service, and Your Flute Works. For more information, click here.

A cultural icon approaching its 150th anniversary in 2017, New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized worldwide as a leader among music schools. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, on the Avenue of the Arts in the Fenway Cultural District, NEC offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC-trained musicians and faculty.

NEC is the oldest independent school of music in the United States. Founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee, an American music educator, choral conductor and organist, its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, NEC features training in classical, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. Graduate and post-graduate programs supplement these core disciplines with orchestral conducting and professional chamber music training. Additional programs, such as the Sistema Fellows, a professional training program for top postgraduate musicians and music educators that creates careers connected to music, youth, and social change, and Entrepreneurial Musicianship, a cutting-edge program integrating professional and personal skills development into the musical training of students to better develop the skills and knowledge needed to create one’s own musical opportunities, also enhance the NEC experience.

Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, the Conservatory provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, and adults. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. Currently more than 750 young artists from 46 states and 39 foreign countries attend NEC on the college level; 1,400 young students attend on the Preparatory level; and 325 adults participate in the Continuing Education program.

The only conservatory in the United States designated a National Historic Landmark, NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year. Many of these take place in Jordan Hall (which shares National Historic Landmark status with the school), world-renowned for its superb acoustics and beautifully restored interior. In addition to Jordan Hall, more than a dozen performance spaces of various sizes and configurations are utilized to meet the requirements of the unique range of music performed at NEC, from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to big band jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, and opera scenes. Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Center in Boston, and a semi-staged performance in Jordan Hall. This past 2012-2013 season, the operas produced were Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Rossini’s La Gazzetta.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

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