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Renowned flutist Ransom Wilson will perform Friday evening, Dec. 6, at UD.

Dec. 6: Flutist Ransom Wilson

Renowned flutist Ransom Wilson to perform at Roselle Center for the Arts


12:59 p.m., Nov. 26, 2013--The University of Delaware Department of Music will present the renowned flutist Ransom Wilson in concert at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, in the Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts.

The program will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030; Franz Josef Haydn’s Sonata in C Major, Op. 87; Claude Debussy’s Syrinx; Jean Rivier’s Oiseaux Tendres; André Jolivet’s Ascèses 1; and Gabriel Fauré’s Sonata in A Major Op. 13.

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Tickets cost $15 for adults; $10 for UD faculty and staff and senior adults; and $5 for students. Advance tickets are available by calling the Roselle Center for the Arts box office at 302.831.2204. If available, tickets will be sold at the door by cash or check only.

Wilson also will present a master class from 2-4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, in the Gore Recital Hall. The master class is free and open to the public. 

Wilson plays a hand-made flute from the William F. Haynes Company of Boston, and his appearance is sponsored by the Haynes Flute Company and the Flute Pro Shop of Wilmington, Del. 

Wilson has long been recognized internationally as one of the greatest flutists of his generation. After graduation from the Juilliard School in 1973, he spent a year in Paris as a private student of Jean-Pierre Rampal. In 1976 he gave his official debut concert in New York City, with Rampal as his guest artist. An exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI followed soon thereafter, along with extensive performances all over the world.

As flute soloist, he has appeared in concert with some of the world’s greatest orchestras and artists, including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony, Frederica von Stade, Jessye Norman, Thomas Hampson, Susan Graham, Dolora Zajick, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Hilary Hahn, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sir James Galway, Barry Douglas, Peter Frankl, Robin Sutherland, and many others.

Wilson is turning increasingly to a career in orchestral and operatic conducting, and has recently been named conductor and teacher of conducting at the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase Conservatory of Music. He founded Solisti New York orchestra in 1981, with which he appeared as conductor in hundreds of concerts and recordings. More recently he has conducted two productions at the New York City Opera. Since 2006 he has been a member of the musical staff at the Metropolitan Opera. 

Additionally, he is artistic director and conductor of a new ensemble, Le Train Blue, which recently received rave reviews for its debut performance at New York City's innovative Galapagos Art Space.

He has appeared as guest conductor with England’s London Symphony Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra, the Hermitage State Orchestra in Russia, the Cracow Philharmonic (Poland), KBS Symphony (South Korea), the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Denver Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (with Sir James Galway), San Francisco Chamber Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, New Jersey Symphony, Budapest Strings, Hartford Symphony and Berkeley Symphony. 

Wilson hails from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, professor of flute at Yale University, conductor at SUNY Purchase, assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, artistic director of Le Train Bleu ensemble and music director of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.

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