Caldwell University Music department faculty member Rebecca Vega and her group UpTown Flutes performed with composer Valerie Coleman at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on August 12. Coleman is the founder, flutist and resident composer of the Grammy nominated Imani Winds.
On August 13, UpTown Flutes premiered a new work with internationally known flutist Alexa Still at the keynote concert at the National Flute Convention. Vega, a Verona resident, says it was a thrill to work with these outstanding musicians. “Both performances were well received and we look forward to working with these amazing flutists in the near future.”
UpTown Flutes is a dynamic ensemble presenting original works and arrangements composed for the entire family of flutes: piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes. Performer and educator Virginia Schulze-Johnson is founding director of UpTown Flutes; Karen Demsey and Rebecca Vega are co-directors. UpTown Flutes actively commissions and is dedicated to bringing new music to a wider audience. UpTown Flutes’ third CD, “21st Century Gems,” reflects the group’s innovative programming. Their fourth CD “Streaming Green” was released in August 2014. Please visit their website: www.uptownflutes.com.