Renowned Concert Flutist to Perform at Dalton State
January 23, 2014
The sweet, melodic tones of the flute have charmed people for centuries. Whether played solo or accompanied by other instruments, this member of the woodwind family is unmistakable for its bright, distinctive sound. In a concert celebrating the flute’s beautiful acoustics and its place in musical history, John Davis will perform a guest recital sponsored by Dalton State’s Fine Arts and Lecture Series in Goodroe Auditorium at Dalton State College on Monday, January 27.
“The program will feature a wonderful mixture of music written over the flute’s entire history as a concert instrument, roughly 1700-2012,” says Dr. Ellie Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Music at Dalton State.
Dr. John Davis is Professor of Music and flute instructor at Berry College in Rome where he has served as professor of flute and saxophone since 1995. He has been under the tutelage of prominent musicians such as Yaada Weber of the Oakland Symphony, Paul Renzi, who served for over 60 years as principal flute of the San Francisco Symphony, and Jean-Louis Kashy, principal flute of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
With an extensive and varied performance background, Dr. Davis has performed as a flutist with companies such as the Redwood Symphony Orchestra, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and as a saxophonist with the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet and the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra.
His gift as a multi-instrumentalist is joined by his talent as an arranger and composer of music for woodwind ensembles. Dr. Davis’s 30-plus published works have been performed worldwide, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Bonn, Germany. Additionally, he is a nine-time recipient of the ASCAP Standard Award.
For the concert, Dr. Davis will be joined by Dr. Ellie Jenkins on the horn and Dr. Kris Carlisle on the piano. “The names Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Schubert are probably familiar to most, but we’re particularly excited about the trio for flute, horn, and piano composed by Lydia Busler-Blais,” says Dr. Jenkins. “She’s a very active composer today who writes beautiful, lyrical music from her home in Vermont.”
Dr. John Davis and company will perform on Monday, January 27, at 7:30 pm in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall at Dalton State College. The concert is free and open to the public, and seating is first-come, first-served.