International Flutist Wincenc To Perform At Chautauqua Today

Carol Wincenc, an internationally renowned, award-winning flutist, will perform at Chautauqua Institution’s Lenna Hall today at 7 p.m. Submitted photo

CHAUTAUQUA — Area residents looking to take in a weekday concert can do so today at Chautauqua Institution’s Lenna Hall.

The National Society of Arts and Letters will present a special concert, “Masters of the Music,” at 7 p.m. — featuring internationally renowned flutist Carol Wincenc — which offers guests free admission to the concert and Chautauqua Institution grounds and parking lots.

In addition to Wincenc, the concert will also feature appearances by the National Society of Arts and Letters’ 2018 Woodwinds Competition judges: William Ludwig on bassoon; Charles Neidich on clarinet; and Mark Ostoich on oboe. The group will also be joined by pianists Colette Valentine and Patti Wolf.

The “Masters of the Music” program will highlight a number of compositions by French composer-pianist Francis Poulenc, whose works included “melodies,” solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets and orchestral concert music. Tonight’s concert will include performances of “Sonata for Flute and Piano,” “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano,” “Improvisation No. 13 in C-sharp Minor for Solo Piano” and “Sonata for Clarinet.”

Hailed “Queen of the Flute” by New York Magazine at the outset of her now 48-year career, Wincenc is a native of Buffalo and was raised in a deeply active, musical family, along with her two older sisters, and under the mentorship of her violinist father and symphony conductor, Dr. Joseph Wincenc, and pianist mother, Margaret Wincenc. Having concertized on five continents, Wincenc loves nothing more than “giving back” with her music-making to communities world wide.

Her accolades and awards are many. She was first-prize winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the National Flute Association, the National Society of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music and Distinguished Alumni Awards from Manhattan School of Music and the Brevard Music Center.

During the past two seasons she performed, recorded and gave masterclasses as an exclusive Burkart Flutes Artist in Beijing, Shenyang, Seoul, Warsaw, Prague, Venice, Nice and Thessoloniki. In North America she performed as soloist and chamber musician from coast to coast, including Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, Edmonton, Banff, Iowa City, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Tucson, Palm Beach, Sarasota, Philadelphia, Boston and her home city New York.