Illinois Flute Society 2011 Fall Flute Fest with Guest Artist Gary Schocker

Gary SchockerThe Southern Illinois Flute Society is proud to host the 2011 Illinois Flute Society Flute Fest, featuring guest artist Gary Schocker.

Flutist-composer-pianist Gary Schocker is an accomplished musician of  outstanding versatility. At age 15, he made his professional debut when he performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has won numerous competitions including the Young Concert Artists, the National Flute Association, the NY Flute Club and the East-West Artists. Often, he concertizes in duo with guitarist Jason Vieaux. Internationally, he has toured and taught in Colombia, Panama, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, France and Italy.

Schocker has composed sonatas and chamber music for most instruments of the orchestra. He also has written several musicals, including Far From the Madding Crowd and The Awakening, which can be heard on Original Cast Recordings. Both shows were winners of the Global Search for New Musicals in the UK and were performed in Cardiff and at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as in New Zealand. In New York, they were winners of the ASCAP music theatre awards.

Schocker has won the International Clarinet Association’s annual composition competition twice and the National Flute Association’s annual Newly Published Music Award numerous times. Among artists who have played his compositions, James Galway gave the American premier of Green Places with the New Jersey Symphony.

Visit Gary’s website to learn more about him and to view his performance schedule.

The pre-Flute Fest activities begin Saturday, October 22nd at 5 p.m. with a coaching session for the Southern Illinois Flute Choir.   On Sunday, October 23, the Flute Fest opens at 8:30 a.m. with registration.  The first sessions are at 9 a.m.  The Masterclass with Gary Schocker follows from 10 – noon.   Following lunch, the second sessions begin at 1 p.m.  These series of events require registration.

At 2 p.m., Gary will perform a free concert in Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.  The general public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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