Felix Skowronek Memorial Event
Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 7:00pm
Seattle Good Shepherd Center Chapel
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
THIS IS A FREE EVENT
Suggested Donation $10
The 2022 Felix Skowronek Memorial Event is sponsored in part by FluteWorks Seattle
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The Felix Skowronek Memorial Event is an annual event to in honor the Seattle Flute Society's founder, Felix Skowronek. The event traditionally features local artists and/or wooden flute specialists. Past events have featured performances by Demarre McGill, Jeffrey Barker, Janet See, and Cathy Ransom Karoly, among others. In the online 2020-2021 Season, the Felix Skowronek Memorial Event was expanded into a series of presentations, workshops, and performances by local flutists, teachers, and artisans. The event in its original design returned for the 2021-2022 Season onwards.
The 2022 Felix Skowronek Memorial Event features the principal flutist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Evan Pengra Sult. He will be joined by pianist Lisa Bergman to present a recital highlighting lesser-known late Romantic and early modern works from Mitteleuropa. Then, he will lead an orchestral excerpt masterclass for student flutists.
Directions to finding the Good Shepherd Center Chapel: The Main Entrance to the Good Shepherd Center is off of Sunnyside Avenue North; parking is available onsite and on surrounding surface streets. After entering the building, turn right and walk past the first staircase (with red doors) through to the second staircase (with gray doors). Take these stairs up one one level to access the chapel. You may also follow wall signs (white with red lettering) for "Chapel" or "Chapel Stairs." The elevator is currently being repaired and will likely not be available for use.
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Evan Pengra Sult, flute | Lisa Bergman, piano
Fantasie, op. 55 (1929)
Sonate, op. 78 (1924)
Langsam, doch nicht schleppend
Straff, jedoch nicht zu schnell
- Pause -
First Sonata (1945)
Allegro poco moderato
Evan has performed with the Seattle Symphony and Opera, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Auburn and Lake Washington Symphony Orchestras. He was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, currently plays as the flutist of the Agermos Chamber Music Project and is a teaching artist with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra. He has also been a featured guest on 98.1 Classical KING FM’s popular program “Northwest Focus Live!” and has performed live on television in Houston, TX. He serves on the board of the Seattle Flute Society.
Also a writer, Evan is an obituarist and critic for The Flutist Quarterly and was a fellow at the 2018 Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. In his spare time, he is an omnivorous reader, crossword puzzler, politics junkie, and Anglophile.
Principal flutist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Evan Pengra Sult has been praised for his “standout” performances and “elegant solos” (The Gazette, Colorado Springs). He holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M. ’19) and the Eastman School of Music (B.M./P.C. ’17); his primary teachers are Tim Day, Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Zart Dombourian-Eby, and Bonnie Blanchard. He has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Colorado College Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Texas Music Festival, among others.
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Pianist Lisa Bergman has collaborated in performances with many of today's most esteemed artists such as Julius Baker, Marni Nixon, Rolf Björling and Ransom Wilson. She made her highly successful joint recital debut in Carnegie Recital Hall. With more than 60 engagements per season, she has appeared in concerts, festivals and conventions throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. As 1996 American Artistic Ambassadors, Bergman and violinist Ann Christensen were selected by the United States Information Agency to represent the U.S. on a seven-week tour of New Zealand, Nepal, Korea, Taiwan, Mongolia and China.
Bergman is a graduate of the Juilliard School, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Washington, cum laude, where she served as an Artist in Residence and member of the University of Washington Music Faculty (1989-1999), teaching in the fields of accompanying and opera coaching. As a recording artist, her discography includes six chamber music CDs and one solo CD featuring piano works of Kenneth Benshoof.
A passionate promoter of classical music, she is a national Gracie Award-winning radio announcer on Classic KING-FM, appearing daily, streaming worldwide on the internet. Bergman is founder and Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series presented at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle as well as Executive Director of NOISE (Northwest Opera in Schools, Etcetera). She is the Adult Piano Retreat Director at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, Washington where she served for seven years as the Executive Director. She was Artistic Director of the Methow Chamber Music Festival from 2003-2006.
Bergman has served as official studio accompanist for organizations such as the Metropolitan Regional Opera Auditions, the International Clarinet Society and for cellists Leonard Rose and Bernard Greenhouse. Much in demand as a lecturer and adjudicator, she frequently presents workshops on the art of accompanying for universities and teachers' organizations. Bergman was recently selected as a member of the Hall of Fame for the Washington State Music Teachers Association for “extraordinary service, outstanding musicianship, dedication and leadership which have significantly contributed to the development and growth of music education in the State of Washington.”
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Leonore Overture No. 3
Symphony No. 8
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sylvia Ewart, flute
Entr'acte from Carmen
Peter and the Wolf
Peyton Welsch, flute
Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Manami Chiba, flute
Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Daphnis et Chloé
Rachel Reyes, flute
Felix Skowronek (1935-2006) earned a B.M. from the Curtis Institute, where he was a student of William Kincaid. Skowronek was a founding member of the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet and played as principal flute of the U.S. Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle, St. Louis, and Puerto Rico Symphonies. He also played principal for the Seattle Opera's summer series of Wagner's Ring cycle. He served as professor of flute at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and the University of Washington. He was the founding president of the Seattle Flute Society and served as president of the National Flute Association from 1985-86. He was twice the music director of Belle Arte Concerts, from 1983-1992 and 1999-2004.
Skowronek acted as a consultant to the Verne Q. Powell Company. An authority on the use of foreign and domestic hardwood species for flute and woodwind instrument manufactures, he documented the tonal qualities of numerous hardwood species carved into wood flutes and wood flute head joints. His research, performances and lectures throughout the 1980s and 1990s contributed significantly to the return of the wood flute and the option of using a wood head joint to create specific tonal effects relevant to the specific genre of music to be performed.
Highlights from the 2019 event
featuring Leonard Garrison
Highlights from the 2018 event
featuring Janet See