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Rhonda Larson Flute Concert and Masterclass 4.29.11-4.30.11

When: Flute Concert
Friday, April 29, 2011 at 7:30pm
*General Public Welcome!

Flute Masterclass
Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 9:45am
*Flutists of All Ages and Abilities Welcome! Bring Your Flutes and a Readiness to
Try Something New! Dress Comfortably For Body Stretching/Workout!

Where: Mayflower Community Congregational Church
106 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419

Directions: Go to for directions or call at 952-924-4141
*Please do not call the church directly!

Cost: Concert: $15.00 if purchased by February 28, 2011, $20.00 if purchased between March 1-April 28, 2011 and $25.00 at the door.
Masterclass: $15.00 if purchased by February 28, 2011, $20.00 if purchased between March 1-April 28, 2011 and $25.00 at the door.

Registration: (Three Ways To Register)
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Call us at 952-924-4141 and register over the phone using your credit card!

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**We need 6 Master-class Performers, so indicate on registration form if you are interested & we will contact you

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About the Concert: (Friday, April 29th, 2011)

Rhonda Larson (Grammy Award Winner and Pearl Flute Artist) performs an intimate, multi-faceted “solo” flute show entitled “One Woman, a World of Music”, with her “Virtual Band” on CD. The recorded instruments include piano, acoustic guitar, synth, bass and percussion in a variety of ensemble configurations, while others are for flute alone. Rhonda not only performs on the familiar western European flute (including alto), but plays an assortment of ethnic flutes from around the world. Her music merges the most soulful elements of sacred, classical, folk, Celtic and ethnic music. The program consists chiefly of Ms. Larson’s own original compositions, and is accessible to all audiences, classical and non-classical alike.

About the Masterclass: (Saturday, April 30th, 2011)
Rhonda (Grammy Award Winner and Pearl Flute Artist) offers a masterclass in addition to her performance. It begins in a refreshingly untraditional way with Rhythmic Rubrics with Rhonda. This is a group participation with an engaging percussion background leading, as participants focus on feeling the rhythm in their bodies with various physical activities, and call-and-response phrase inventing. Liberated from the written page, everyone plays by ear and expresses themselves with more character and style as inspired by this rhythmic convergence.

Next resumes the standard-format masterclass: Performers who wish to play repertoire in front of the class, receiving instruction and suggestions from Rhonda. Particular focus is given to the Art of Performance and Stage Presence. Please, no avant-garde music, as it does not lend itself well to teaching in a group class format.

Masterclass “group” participation lasts about 1 hour. Traditional portion of the masterclass will last 2-3 hours with 20-30 minutes per performer.

Rhonda Larson Biography
(Grammy Award Winner and Pearl Flute Artist)

Flutist, composer, and bandleader Rhonda Larson entered the national music scene from her native Montana by winning first prize in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition in 1985, including a Carnegie Hall debut. Shortly thereafter, Rhonda joined forces with the Paul Winter Consort, initiating her journey of combining diverse musical styles in addition to her classical training. Rhonda won a Grammy Award during her last year with the Consort, departing the group at that time to embark on her individual cross-cultural/multi-genre music path.
Rhonda's diversity, combined with her musical and technical wizardry, has begun a new generation for the flute as a leading voice in the music world. Composing much of her own repertoire, Larson continues to be recognized as a visionary force creating a refreshing hybrid music for the flute, including her versatility on an array of ethnic flutes from around the world. Larson journeyed to South Africa as a musical ambassador for the United States to perform for the Parliament of the World's Religions, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. In addition to South Africa, Rhonda has toured in Russia, Japan, Europe, Central America and throughout North America. She has recently performed in Ireland, Italy, and Spain. In Spain she recorded with the Celtic Galician group "Milladoiro" from the Santiago de Compostela region, and performed as a guest soloist with this stellar bunch along with guest soloist Eileen Ivers, famed celtic fiddle player of the original "Riverdance" troupe.
Rhonda has a discography of over 19 commercial recordings from label/distributors such as Windham Hill and American Gramaphone, among others. She has recorded a variety of flute music for the CBS television series, "Survivor" and "The Restaurant", and performed on the Live CBS finale episode of "Survivor" from Madison Square Gardens, seen by over 40 million viewers.
Rhonda has two solo recordings, Free as a Bird, and her newly released second solo CD, Distant Mirrors. The latter is an eclectic musical reflection on world cultures and ancient traditions, and was listed in the top ten of the "25 Essential CD's for 2003" nationally syndicated Public Radio program, Echoes. Rhonda is featured in the 2003 "Flute Stories--101 Inspirational Stories from the World's Best Flute Players", Windplayers publication. Ms. Larson has served on the Board of Directors for the National Flute Association.
From October 2006 through June 2007 Rhonda lived in Ramallah, Palestine (West Bank), where she taught flute at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.
Rhonda and her husband Lee deLisle live in Southwestern Michigan, where Rhonda continues her creative work and practice of the flute in her studio which is an historical 1878 one-room schoolhouse located on their property, alongside a replica of a 1630's Williamsburg cabin. They also live part-time at their second home in the Lazio region of Italy.

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