William Bennett, affectionately referred to by friends and students as “WIBB” has been one of the most inspiring performers and teachers of the last 40 years. A student of Jean-Pierre Rampal, Marcel Moyse, and Geoffrey Gilbert, he has embodied the best of these three great masters thereby continuing their legacy with his inspiring masterclasses and approach to coaching flutists towards a greater musicality. To date, he has recorded at least 300 separate musical works from the solo flute repertoire, chamber music, including selections from his vast collection of personal transcriptions for flute – not including the numerous orchestral recordings he has participated in throughout his career. His orchestral career has been prolific with his numerous performances with the London Symphony, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the English Chamber Orchestra. His years of recordings and international performances as a soloist and Principal Flutist have, along with his gift of an unique imaginative teaching style, have earned him the recognition of the Queen of England in 1995 with the OBE Award for his services in music. He is most known amongst flutists for his musical integrity, beautiful tone, and unique sense of artistry, not to mention his sense of humor. He was honored with the NFA Lifetime Achievement Award in August 2002, Washington D.C. – NFA Convention for his contributions and achievements.
Mr. Bennett will be participating in a number of panels, lectures, and performances at this year’s NFA Convention. Wish him a happy 80th birthday on Saturday August 12th!
9:45 –10:10 a.m.
|Exhibitor Showcase: Altus Flutes|
|Altus presents William Bennett in a discussion with other Altus artists about his illustrious career.
9:30 –11 a.m.
|The Legacy of Marcel Moyse through The 24 Melodic Studies with William Bennett|
|William Bennett (WIBB) presents a lecture about Marcel Moyse’s legacy as flutist and teacher and will play and discuss selected melodies from The 24 Little Melodic Etudes. Introduction by The Marcel Moyse Society.|
2:30 –4 p.m.
|Wibb! Celebration of William Bennett’s 80th Birthday|
|Join us for this concert honoring the legendary William Bennett. Denis Bouriakov, Alena Lugovkina, and Joel Tse will join their famous teacher in works by Mozart, Dvorak, Elgar, Brahms, Chopin, Dohnanyi, and the Carmen Fantasy by Franz Waxman.|
4 –6 p.m.
|Gala Closing Concert and Ceremonies|
|Bring flutes of all sizes to the Gala Closing Concert and Ceremonies, concluding with the traditional mass performance of J.S. Bach’s “Air.” Leading up to that are delightful flute hors-d’oeuvres performed by Erika Boysen, Tadeu Coelho, Marco Granados, Melissa Keeling, Zara Lawler, the Professional Flute Choir, Sarah Jackson, William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, and the Fourth Wall Ensemble, tributes to Robert Cole and Phil Dikeman, and important announcements and appreciations from the NFA.|