Eastman School of Music flutist presents recital Oct. 18

October 13, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eastman School of Music faculty member Bonita Boyd will perform a flute recital at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18  in Esber Recital Hall. Appearing as part of the third annual Penn State Flute Day, Boyd's headlining performance will include works by Francis Poulenc, Béla Bartók, and transcriptions of three "Caprices" by Niccolò Paganini. She will be joined by collaborative pianist Ann Deighton. Admission to the performance is free.

Flute Day brings together flutists of all ages for performances, masterclasses, workshops and a young performer's competition. Penn State Flute Day is hosted by Penn State faculty member Naomi Seidman and is generously supported by the Duncan Fund, Windworks Studio, Powell Flutes and the Penn State School of Music.


-- "Come into My Garden," 1978, by John LaMontaine

-- Sonata for Flute and Piano, 1957, by Francis Poulenc

-- Caprice for Solo Violin, Nos. 17, 21 and 24, by Niccolò Paganini

-- Suite Paysanne Hongroise by Béla Bartók, transcribed by Paul Arma

Born in Pittsburgh, Boyd grew up in Long Beach, Calif. Her teachers included Maurice Sharp of the Cleveland Orchestra, Joseph Mariano, principal flute of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and legendary pedagogue at the Eastman School, and Roger Stevens. Boyd succeeded Mariano in both posts – becoming the youngest woman to hold major academic and orchestral appointments, as noted by Glamour magazine in its “Outstanding Career Women” feature.

In 1983, Boyd made her critically acclaimed Los Angeles debut, and also made her first solo tours of Europe and the far east. Following tours of Latin America, she performed with orchestras and as recitalist throughout the world, including the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington, D.C., National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, California Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Pusan Symphony (Korea), Western Australia Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Polish Radio Orchestra, Vilnius Chamber Orchestra, as well as numerous performances on National Public Radio, PBS television specials and radio recordings in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Oslo, Amsterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Poland and Lithuania.

Boyd has premiered numerous works, including Samuel Adler’s "Concerto," 1977, Warren Benson’s "Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan" and "Concertino for Flute, Strings, and Percussion," Miklos Rozsa's "Solo Sonata," and "Eclipse Musings" by Augusta Read Thomas, 1998.

Her 1980 Alice Tully/Lincoln Center concert was highly praised, especially for her astonishing technical "tour de force" — Paganini violin Caprices transcribed for solo flute — later captured on her popular recording. Boyd's recording, "Flute Music of Les Six", was honored by "Stereo Review" in its 1983 Record of the Year awards, and cited by "High Fidelity" magazine in its “Critics Choice” column. She has also recorded on Spectrum, Vox, Stolat, Gasparo, Philips, Albany, Pantheon and Fleur de Son. Her most recent recordings include Bernstein’s "Halil" and a new release of the Paganini "Caprices." She tours regularly with guitarist Nicholas Goluses and the pair has recorded and released a CD titled "Chronicles of Discovery."

Boyd served as principal flute with the Rochester Philharmonic from 1971 to 1984, Chautauqua Symphony from 1971 to 1977, and Filarmonica de las Americas, Mexico City in 1977. She was a faculty member of the Johannesen International School of the Arts from 1987 to 1996. An Eastman faculty member since 1977, Boyd is also currently a member of the artist faculty of the Aspen Music and the Aria International festivals, and is co-principal flutist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra.


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    Bonita Boyd, flute

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Last Updated October 14, 2014