The String Orchestra of the Rockies’ concert this Sunday boasts a Scottish flute virtuoso, a collaboration with up-and-coming student musicians, and a tribute to Ukraine.
Lorna McGhee, originally from Scotland, is the principal flutist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and is in frequent demand, performing around the world with major ensembles.
“She gets a sound on the flute that I had never heard before,” said Maria Larionoff, the artistic director of the ensemble, a professional, conductorless group that draws its members from around the state and region.
In addition to McGhee’s technical abilities, they wanted to provide some variety by spotlighting a non-string player this season. (McGhee was originally scheduled for a prior visit that was postponed due to the pandemic.)
McGhee will perform on the Concerto in D Minor for flute, strings and orchestra by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, also known as C.P.E. Bach, whose father was Johann Sebastian Bach.
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He was a Classical composer but the work may sound Baroque to listeners, Larionoff said, colored by showy, fast, technical runs. One portion is given over to flute, cello and harpsichord. The latter is making