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MTSU’s Feb. 16 Flute Festival features guest artis...

MTSU’s Feb. 16 Flute Festival features guest artist Gratton, workshops, more

2019 Flute Festival promo featuring the MTSU School of Music logo and guest flutist Érik Gratton of the Nashville Symphony

The 2019 MTSU Flute Festival, conducted by the MTSU School of Music and featuring prize-winning international guest artist Érik Gratton of the Nashville Symphony, is set for this Saturday, Feb. 16, in the university’s Tom Jackson Building.

Registration for the festival, now in its 19th year, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 16. Cost is $20 per person through Feb. 15 or $25 at the door. The Jackson Building is located at 638 Alma Mater Drive; a campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTParkingMap.

Participants can enjoy flute exhibits, workshops, opportunities to play solos for critiquing, a flute choir reading session and more events.

Érik Gratton, principal flutist of the Nashville Symphony, acting principal flute of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, and special guest performer at the 2019 MTSU Flute Festival Saturday, Feb. 16.

Érik Gratton

Gratton, who is currently in his 18th season as principal flutist of the Nashville Symphony, will present a free recital at 2 p.m. in Hinton Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building, 1439 Faulkinberry Drive. It’s open to the public as well as festival participants.

Gratton will follow his performance with a 3:15 p.m. master class.

The MTSU festival guest, who also serves as acting principal flute of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, has performed as a soloist and appeared with many orchestras and at festivals across the United States and his native Canada. He’s been part of more than 20 Nashville Symphony recordings and is an active recording industry session player.

For more information on this year’s event, including the full festival schedule and a registration link, please visit http://www.mtsu.edu/flute and click on the “2019 Flute Festival” tab.

For details on other School of Music events, call 615-898-2493 or visit the  “Concert Calendar” link.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)


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