Irish Chamber Orchestra Welcomes Flute Virtuoso Sir James Galway at UConn Today
Legendary flute virtuoso Sir James Galway will celebrate the 35th anniversary of his U.S. debut with a tour stop at Jorgensen with the Irish Chamber Orchestra today, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. On this 14-city tour, Galway will appear with acclaimed ICO conductor JoAnn Falletta, and his wife and frequent duet partner, Lady Jeanne Galway, also an accomplished flutist. Alain Frogley, professor of music history at UConn, will give insights about the program at the 2:15 p.m. Concert Talk before the Oct. 27 program.
The program will include Mozart's Flute Concerto in D Major, with Galway as soloist, and, in the second half, Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3, Op. 56, A Minor ("Scottish"). Sir James and Lady Jeanne will perform Belfast composer Philip Hammond's Carolan Variations, to be heard on this tour in its U.S. premiere, a work inspired by two tunes by Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan.
When he first toured the United States, Galway appeared with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. The fall tour is also a special reunion for Lady Galway and JoAnn Falletta, who were students together at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where they often played flute and guitar duets. Lady Jeanne served as Falletta's principal flute at the Queens Philharmonic.
Sir James Galway has performed throughout the world with the leading orchestras and conductors.
He held the coveted position of solo flutist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan, launching his career as a soloist in 1975. Known as "The Man with the Golden Flute," his recordings have sold more than 30 million copies. Just this month, the Belfast-born Galway received a lifetime achievement award at the National Concert Hall in Dublin for his contribution to classical music worldwide.
Galway was recently selected, along with violinist Nadja Solerno-Sonneberg and double bassist Edgar Meyer, to headline for the 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival next summer in Winona. And this fall he is poised to kick off "First Flute," his online series of comprehensive flute lessons.