Soaring music for flute and soprano

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ONE of the newer faces at this year’s CAPO awards was composer Thea Zimpel. 

Previous National Capital Orchestra performance or work by Zimpel
A music teacher at St Francis Xavier College whose qualifications included an Honours year with Larry Sitsky at the ANU and degrees in Education and theology, Zimpel has also composed a ballet for the National Capital Orchestra and Canberra Dance Theatre back in 2004.

She’s about to stage a concert featuring some of her original works.

Since 2007 Zimpel been putting together a large work for flute, composed in many different locations, including Launceston, Sydney, Melbourne, London, St Goar (Germany) and Florence. It started out, she says, as a solo flute work, but then extended itself to a flute sonata, then to a full flute concerto, but has now reduced it for flute piano.

The work has been composed for teacher-flautist Sarah Hewat, another graduate from the ANU School of Music.

In the same program her  2002 composition, the “Pituri” Song Cycle will be performed by English soprano Patricia Parkin.

Other soloists on the night, include John Burgess on the electric double bass. Burgess was one of the few soloists in the world selected to perform in the YouTube symphony orchestra in Mason Bates’ work “Mothership” during which his image was projected onto the Sydney Opera House.

The Flute Concerto for Sarah Hewat and The Pituri Song Cycle, at All Saints Anglican Church, Cowper Street Dickson, 8pm, December 8, tickets at door, $10 Adult, $5 concession.

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