FSPA faculty concert series continues



FLINT — Flint School of Performing Arts faculty member Liz Spector Callahan, oboe, will perform at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20 in the MacArthur Recital Hall at the Flint Institute of Music, 1025 E. Kearsley St.

Callahan will be joined onstage by fellow faculty member, Brandon Cota, cello, throughout the concert. Michael Callahan, harpsichord, will accompany on the first selection of music.

“The music I have chosen spans nearly four centuries from Antonio Vivaldi, born in 1678, to Alan Hohvaness, who passed away in 2000. It also ranges in style from Baroque to Ragtime to Hohvaness’ lyrical, modern music,” said Callahan.

“I truly love to perform chamber music and choose to program pieces that involve others, rather than solo oboe and English horn repertoire. The first half will feature oboe, cello, and harpsichord, and the second half will include a beautiful combination — one of my favorites — English horn and cello.”

Callahan has been the English horn player and associate principal oboist in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra since October, 2006, and plays oboe and English horn with the Southwest Michigan Symphony, Midland Symphony and Battle Creek Symphony. She frequently performs on oboe and English horn with the symphonies of Ann Arbor, Flint, Adrian, and Saginaw Bay. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, CityMusic Cleveland, the Rochester City Ballet, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Mercury Opera, and the Imani Winds.

She is a founding member of the awardwinning Arabesque Winds, a woodwind quintet that has garnered numerous awards and honors. In 2008 and 2009, Arabesque won Grand Prize at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, the Coleman-Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds and Brass at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Harvard Musical Association’s 2009 Arthur W. Foote Prize, and Second Prize at the Henri Tomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition in Marseilles, France.

Callahan has participated in summer festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy in Lucerne, Switzerland under the direction of Pierre Boulez, the Atlantic Music Festival, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado, the International Festival-Institute at Roundtop, Texas, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and the West Branch International Music Festival and Institute. — G.G.


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