November 19, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Department of Music will host a Flute Forum Saturday, Nov. 23. All events in the forum, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Weis Music Building.

The schedule of events includes:

3 p.m.: Ethan Lin from Burkhart Flutes will give an informative presentation from the flute maker's perspective, with topics ranging from how to diagnose and fix a problem on a flute  to the mysteries of the piccolo. There will be handouts for the students and a hands-on portion. Prior to and immediately following Lin's presentation, attendees may play a selection of flutes; demonstrations begin at 2:30 p.m.

4:15 p.m.: an Alexander Technique workshop with Kay Hooper in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. During the workshop, specific students will be chosen for individual work in a master class setting. Alexander Technique is excellent for improving body positioning and identifying points of inefficiency and stress.

5:30 p.m.: a demonstration of ethnic flutes with John Oglesby in the Rooke Recital Hall.

6:30 p.m.: dinner break (not provided, Bucknell students will help direct visitors to options for food.)

Leslie CullenThe forum's events close with a flute recital with Leslie Cullen at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall. Joining Cullen are Marcos Kreiger, harpsichord; Gary Boerckel, piano; Bucknell senior Kathryn Nicolich, flute, and Bucknell junior Sarah Baker, flute.

An artist affiliate at Bucknell and a lecturer in flute at Lycoming College, Cullen has performed throughout the United States, including concerts at The Kennedy Center, Ravinia, The Kimmel Center, Avery Fischer Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Aspen Music Festival.

Her performance focus is on small ensembles and chamber orchestras, working with a variety of groups such as the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, and numerous trios, quartets, and quintets.

A native of Oklahoma, she has also served as an Artist-In-Residence for the Oklahoma State Arts Council. She holds degrees in flute performance from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music