The Skyline Flutes–Jerry Ervin, Christine Harper, Fran Moskovitz and Jeneanne Rabon–will return to the Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (June 20), with a program titled “Opera in the Air.”
This will be the popular group’s eighth ASA appearance since 2009, and they will be playing an all-new repertoire of overtures and choruses from an array of operas. Between selections, they will talk about each opera, its composer, and the composition itself. The founding member of Skyline Flutes, Jerry Ervin, says about the program: “We think it’ll present interest both for those who know and like opera–as well as for those that think they don’t.”
The four-member group formed in 2009. They play flute, piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute. Ervin began playing flute at age 9, attended Tucson schools and the University of Arizona, where he played in the UA Band and with the Tucson Pops Orchestra. After retiring as professor of Russian at Ohio State University, 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.Â She plays with several local organizations, including the Southern Arizona Symphony.
A Philadelphia native, Fran Moskovitz earned her master of music from Stony Brook University. She is principal flute with the Tucson Civic Orchestra and co-principal with the Arizona Symphony.
The newest member of the group, Jeneanne Rabon, earned a 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 Max Fredric “Fred” Volkmann, Academy Village Volunteer