Skyline Flutes, Southern Arizona’s only professional flute quartet, will return to the Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (June 26) with a program entitled “Music of the Americas.”
This year they’re offering a wide range of selections—from jazz to dance tunes to an imaginative takeoff on Mozart—inspired by Western Hemisphere composers and traditions from Canada to South America. Each number will be introduced with comments about its origin and/or composer.
Flute quartets generally come in multiple distinct arrangements, and Skyline Flutes members play piccolo, C flute, alto flute, and bass flute.
This will be the group’s ninth appearance at ASA since it began performing in 2009. “We always find the Arizona Senior Academy audiences to be both attentive and appreciative, and we love the questions they ask us,” said Jerry Erwin, the quartet’s founder
Ervin began learning flute at age 9, attended Tucson schools and the University of Arizona, where he played in the Band and with the Tucson Pops Orchestra. After retiring as professor of Russian at Ohio State, he returned to Tucson and founded Skyline Flutes.
Christine Harper also took up flute at age 9, followed by music degrees from Indiana University and UA. She plays with several local organizations, including the Southern Arizona Symphony.
A Philadelphia native, Fran Moskovitz earned her master’s in music at Stony Brook University. She is principal flute with the Tucson Civic Orchestra and co-principal with the Arizona Symphony.
Jeneanne Rabon earned her degree in music from Arizona State University. She plays with the Arizona Symphonic Winds and is a piccoloist with the Sierra Vista Orchestra.
Submitted by Stan Davis, Academy Village Volunteer