Flutist Laurel Maurer performs January 9

I’ve been a huge fan of Laurel Ann Maurer’s artistry for years. She is an extraordinary flutist with an impressive technical mastery of her instrument as well as breathtaking musicality. Nothing is beyond her means and she brings eloquence to anything she plays. I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that she could even make an ordinary C major scale sound good.

A former resident of Utah who now makes her home in Vermont, Maurer is back in town this week and will take part in a concert this coming Sunday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. in Dumke Recital Hall, located in David Gardner Hall on the University of Utah campus.

The concert is sponsored by the Park City Chamber Music Society and the Contemporary Music Consortium and also features clarinetist Russell Harlow; violinists Alex Woods and Rebecca Moench; violist Leslie Harlow; cellist Julie Bevan; and pianist Bryan Stanley.

They’ll be playing a wonderfully diverse program of music by Honegger, Tchaikovsky and Glazunov, as well as a trio for flute, clarinet and piano by the contemporary American composer David Gunn. To the best of my knowledge, the trio will mark Gunn’s Utah debut.

I’m looking forward to the concert. I really can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than in the company of these talented musicians.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for senior citizens and students and will be available at the door.

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