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The Emory University Symphony Orchestra performs the Emory premiere of Richard Prior’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with renowned flutist Jonathan Keeble, Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra is the third work Prior has created for long-time friend and colleague Jonathan Keeble. This piece follows icarus, premiered at the National Flute Association’s national convention in 2000, and call of the sirens for flute and harp, premiered at the 42nd national conference of the American Harp Society earlier this year.
Prior dedicates this work to his father. “While it is not unusual for my works to carry an element of personal meaning, it would be fair to say that this particular dedication is, at the very least, special,” Prior explains. Both his father and grandfather were professional flutists, and Prior finds a deep resonance with the rich qualities and characterizations offered by the instrument as both a composer and a conductor.
The evening’s program also includes the overture to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and a suite from Stravinsky’s The Firebird. The concert is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. Additional information as well as the full calendar of Arts at Emory events can be found online at arts.emory.edu.
Jonathan Keeble, flute
As the flute professor at University of Illinois, Jonathan Keeble is known for his rich tone, effervescent personality, and nuanced musicality. In high demand as a performing artist and masterclass clinician, Keeble has been described as having an “infinitely flexible sound, with many subtle colors,” and is among the leader performer/pedagogues of his generation. Keeble is the flutist for the award-winning Prairie Winds and Aletheia Duo, and principle flute of the Sinfonia da Camera.
Richard Prior, conductor and composer
Award-winning conductor and composer Richard Prior holds the Edward Goodwin Scruggs Chair at Emory University. As director of orchestral studies and chair of the composition area, he conducts the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra in addition to being the senior lecturer in composition. Prior’s own music has been performed, recorded, and broadcast widely in Europe and North America.
Emory University Symphony Orchestra
The Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) experience provides a musical environment of the highest caliber, nurturing individual artistic excellence and ensemble performance. The ninety-member orchestra draws its membership from all disciplines across the campus and from all divisions of the University.