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Guest flutist Wendy Rolfe performs April 3 at Appalachian

BOONE—Flutist Wendy Rolfe will present a guest recital April 3 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall. Admission is free. Rolfe will be joined by harpsichordist Michael Bell and flutist Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham from the Hayes School of Music.

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Rolfe is one of the United States’ leading performers on historical and modern flutes. She is a professor of flute at the Berklee College of Music. She has recorded for Decca, Telarc, CRI, Analekta, and Neuma. She was guest artist on “Odette,” which was chosen as CD of the year in 2005 by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture Radio. She has also recorded for Disney and for Ken Burns.

The program includes two movements from Micel Blavet’s “Sonata, Op. 2. No. 3 in E minor and two movements from J.S. Bach’s “Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039,” both performed on an 18th century traverse, “The Hermit of Killarney” by Charles Nicholson and “Yankee Doodle” performed on the eight-key classical flute and five-key classical piccolo.

Also on the program are “Souvenir du Para” by Mathieu-André Reichert performed on a 19th century Rudall-Carte cocuswood flute, traditional folk tunes performed on a Brazilian folk flute and Harvey Sollberger’s “Riding the Wind II” and Goffredo Petrassi’s “Dialogo Angelico” performed on contemporary Brannen-Cooper flutes.

Rolfe performs, records and tours with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, New York’s Concert Royal, New York Collegium, Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Houston’s Mercury orchestra and holds the piccolo chair in the Cape Symphony Orchestra. She was a Tanglewood Fellow, and has also performed at the Waterloo, Monadnock, and Buzzards Bay Festivals, and the Boston Early Music and Connecticut Early Music Festivals.

She performed and taught at the International Summer Festival in Brasilia, the International Flute Festival in Lima, Peru, and the International Flute Festival hosted by the Conservatorio de Musica in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In August 2014 she performed at the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland. This year, she will return to the International Flute Festival in Quito, and the “Perla del Pacifico Festival” in Ecuador.

In 2013, with pianist Deborah DeWolf Emery, Rolfe released “Images of Eve,” featuring music written by women from across the globe.

Rolfe serves on the National Flute Association’s Historical Flutes Committee with Schneeloch-Bingham, was chair of the NFA’s Cultural Outreach Committee and also served on its Board of Directors.

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