Flutist Inna Leoni Opens Music at Noon for Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

InnaLeoni_Vertical_photobyPattyMarchesiNoon • Tuesday, October 10th 2017
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • Troy NY

Since 1988, on the second Tuesday of each month, The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s free Music at Noon concert series has highlighted the work of exceptional regional musicians with a diverse mix of musical styles. Tuesday’s season opening performance is by Russian-American flutist Inna Leoni with collaborative pianist Cheryl Tennant Humes opens the 2017-18 Music at Noon series at the Music Hall.

The flute, one of the oldest-known musical instruments in the world, has been a means for human artistic expression since prehistoric times. Capable of producing sounds that mesmerize snakes, birds, other animals as well as humans, the flute in Greek mythology has played a major role. To the ancient Greeks, music manifested the rightness of the cosmos and was connected in pursuit of truth and beauty as well as providing a conduit for healing and purifying the body and mind and changing the hearts of people. Throughout the history of Western music, especially in the Romantic period followed by the Impressionism, one of the most growing inspirations was ancient Greece and its culture. In Tuesday’s program Greek Gods and other mythological creatures are present in the compositions.

The works on the program include:

  • Albert RousselJoueurs de Flûte, Op. 27
  • Christoph Gluck — “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” from Orphéce et Euridice, Wq. 30
  • Carl Reinecke  — Sonata “Undine,” Op. 167
  • Claude DebussyPrélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, L. 86
  • André JolivetChant de Linos (1944)

Remember for the Music at Noon concerts, The Music Hall opens at 11:00 a.m.. So, bring your lunch and come listen to some great music!

PlayerIf you click the image above, you can take a listen to WMHT’s Rob Brown talking with Inna Leoni and Chery Tennant Humes about the Music at Noon program and the Russian flute repertoire that is Inna Leoni’s specialty.

If you’re not available for Tuesday’s concert, you might be interested in a lecture/ performance that Inna Leoni will be doing for students at The College of Saint Rose and area flutists on late Monday afternoon It may peak your interest if you have wondered about the Russian Romantic flute repertoire as the event is to focus on the works of Vladimir Tsybin (1877-1949), the highly revered Russian composer of music for flute.

 Although rarely performed in the United States, Vladimir Tsybin’s works are a staple of the flute repertoire for Russian conservatory students and frequently featured in competitions and recitals. Considered to be the founder of Russian flute playing, Tsybin served as professor of flute at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory for nearly half a century influencing generations of flutists. Inna Leoni has a direct lineage to the composer through her teacher Alexander Korneyev. In this lecture/performance, Ms. Leoni presents several works for one to consider incorporating into your studies and performances or for your listening pleasure. This lecture/performance is being held at 4:00 pm (Monday, October 9th) in Room 306 of the Massry Center at The College of Saint Rose. There is no admission charge, and the general public is welcome to attend.

Hope you can catch Inna Leoni in performance at one of these events. Happy musicking this week!

note: Liz Friedman, author of this post, works with Inna Leoni in a professional capacity.

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