The week before Thanksgiving, Southern Virginia’s Flute Choir — directed by Professor Launa Whitehead — performed their “Toot Suite” for an audience composed of faculty, staff and students. The night featured works by Mozart, Bizet and Shearing.
The Flute Choir kicked off the night with Keith Amo’s “Royal Kew Suite,” which evoked images of one of Britain’s most famous Gardens. Then, the audience was treated to Phyllis Louke’s “A Song of Winter — Snowmen & Icicles,” which acted as a tribute to the upcoming chill of winter. Smooth passages summoning images of snowmen contrasted heavily with staccato passages exploring the jaggedness of icicles.
Musical giant Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart was also featured as the choir performed a section from one of his late masterpieces, “Requiem.” The accompaniment by William Taylor supplemented the work as the piano “weeped” alongside the flautists and echoed though the passageways of Main Hall.
Several other works were showcased throughout the night, including a hit jazz classic, “Lullaby of Birdland,” by George Shearing.
It was a wonderful night as the Southern Virginia community gathered together to listen and enjoy the hard work of the choir and to usher in the holiday season.
(Post by Erin Seage ’16. Photos by Lindsey Morgan ’13.)