POCATELLO — Pocatello-based flute choir Suite 212 is presenting its 2019 holiday concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th Ave. in Pocatello. The concert is free and open to all ages.
The choir will perform a wide variety of flute choir pieces well suited to the holiday season. The concert opens with a 16th century round, “Rose, Rose” followed by Jean-Joseph Mouret’s “Rondeau from Symphonies and Fanfares for a King’s Supper” or, as it is more popularly known, the theme song from “Masterpiece Theater.” Next is Catherine McMichael’s “Rose Cottage,” which is the first movement from “A Gaelic Offering” and is described by the composer as “achingly personal.”
New to the choir is Vicente Greco’s composition, “El Flete.” Greco was an Argentinian composer of music for the tango, a romantic dance. Greco had a significant role in the spread of tango music from the suburbs into the cities, where it became very popular in the early 1900s. Another piece new to Suite 212 is “Expresso” by James-Michael Sellers. The song’s title is meant to be a play on the words “espresso” and “express.”
Like a fast cup of strong coffee, this quick, brief piece is exhilarating for both the musicians and audience.
Arcangelo Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8,” is the piece Suite 212’s director Sarah Jackson says she “most looks forward to sharing with the audience.” Opus 6 (published in 1714) consists of 12 “concerti grossi,” which means “grand concerts” in English. Of these, the eighth concerti (also known as the “Christmas Concerto”) is perhaps the best known.
The Concerto Grosso is characterized by the use of a small group of solo instruments (concertino) in opposition to the entire orchestra (ripieno), a practice which has been maintained in this transcription for flute choir by Kenley Inglefield.
Suite 212 will also perform a collection of holiday songs that include “Pat A Pan” and “Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella,” both arranged by Catherine McMichael; “Simple Gifts” arranged by Frank Halferty; “O’ Come Emmanuel” arranged by Ken Kreuzer; and a few of Phyllis Avidan Louke’s holiday arrangements.
“Please join us Monday as we musically celebrate the holidays in Pocatello,” Jackson said.
The members of Suite 212 are Kathy Albano, Elizabeth Bolinger, Kristina Cochrane, Ruth Harten, Sarah Jackson, Jill Kirkham, Kathy Kirkham, Terry Lewis, and Charity Staggs.
Suite 212 includes piccolo, C flutes, alto flutes, and bass flute and was started by former Pocatellan and nationally known flutist and teacher Patricia George in 2001.