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Romantic Exotica

Date and Time

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm


Meydenbauer Theatre
11100 NE 6th ST
Bellevue, WA 98004


Egyptian MarchJohann Strauss, Jr.
Fantaisie Pastorale HongroiseFranz Doppler
Bacchanale from Samson and DelilahCamille Saint-Saëns
ScheherazadeNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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Four composers evoke lands and eras other than their own in this colorful and alluring program. Johann Strauss, Jr. demonstrates his flair for writing music in something other than 3/4 time in his Egyptian March. Camille Saint-Saëns' gifts for beguiling melodies and rich orchestration are amply displayed in the Bacchanale from his opera Samson and Delilah. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work, the grand symphonic poem Scheherazade, caps this musical voyage to distant realms and times. Flutist Sandra Saathoff is the stylish soloist in Franz Doppler's Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise.


Sandra Saathoff, flute

Photograph of Sandra SaathoffSandra Saathoff teaches flute and conducts the flute ensemble at Seattle Pacific University, and has served on the executive boards for the National Flute Association, Seattle Flute Society, and Flutewise USA. She enjoys performing with local orchestral, chamber and folk ensembles, directing the flute program of the Bellevue Youth Symphony, and is currently principal flute with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. She has developed a thriving private flute studio, is a highly sought-after clinician, and has made recent guest artist appearances at Delta State University, the University of West Virginia, and the Flutewise summer course in Croatia. She has taken the stage with such flutists as Sir James Galway, Trevor Wye, Ian Clarke, and Ian Anderson and enjoys planning a variety of large scale flute events, including the 2012 NFA Convention (assistant Program Chair), and the 2013 NFA Convention (Convention Director). Recently, she served on the Long-range Strategic Planning Committee for the NFA, and is currently pursuing DMA studies at the University of Nebraska with Dr. John Bailey. Sandra received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Washington (focusing on flute performance/instrumental conducting) and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University. Her teachers include Zart Dombourian-Eby, Rae Terpenning, and Kim Pineda (baroque flute). Her latest interest in Irish flute includes lessons with Conal O’Grada (Ireland) and Leo Mac Namara (Seattle). In 2016, she helped launched a non-profit foundation for flutists, Silver Flight Ensembles, which presented its first series of workshops and community performances last summer.

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