Ashe County Arts Council welcomes the Raleigh Flute Choir to the Gallery of the Ashe Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday March, 23. The concert will include selections “Simple Gifts,” “Appalachian Suite,” “Memories of East Tennessee” and more.

Founded in 1986, the Raleigh Flute Choir is a chamber ensemble of professional flutists from central North Carolina. Utilizing the full complement of flutes from the tiny piccolo to the eight-foot-long contrabass, six octaves of notes with a variety of timbres combine to create rich harmonies and lush musical colors. The choir includes Irene Burke, Kim Bridgers, Amy Holt, Kim Kittner, Andrea McKerlie Luke, Thomas Mease, Lauren Robbins-Pollack and Rosene Rohrer.

The choir has performed at venues such as The White House, National Flute Association conventions, Duke University Chapel, the Biltmore House, Colonial Williamsburg and Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, S.C., and the group has established itself as one of the nation’s leading flute choirs.

With four CDs to their credit, the most recent recording, Kaleidoscope, is a vibrant collection of music by North American composers, including well-known tunes such as Litte Brown Jug and the St. Louis Blues.

The Raleigh Flute Choir is also a major sponsor of the Raleigh Area Flute Association, a non-profit organization of more than 300 student, amateur and professional flutists from North Carolina and beyond.

Tickets are $16 adults, $5 students and may be purchased at the Ashe Arts Center or by phone at (336) 846-2787.

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