GRAFTON, Mass. — Venezuelan flutist, conductor and composer Nicolas Real will perform a concert on Grafton Common in an Apple Tree Arts production on Sept. 15.
The "Venezuelan Inspiration" concert showcases the original compositions of Real, along with a newly commissioned piece written for the event performed by Apple Tree Arts Flute Choir in collaboration with guest artists from several of New England's finest flute choirs. The new composition was funded by a grant from the Brannen-Cooper Fund.
"It's unusual to experience this great genre of music that's not often played in the United States," said Linda Bento-Rei, organizer and co-sponsor of the event. Bento-Rei is an accomplished flutist, a longtime member of Apple Tree Arts faculty and has a master's degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music.
"Most of Nicolas Real's compositions are folk tunes written for flute orchestras," she added. "He hears in his mind a jazz ensemble or symphony orchestra and adapts it to the flute orchestra. He has developed an extended technique that's an ingenious way to reproduce sounds of a big orchestra and transcribe it to the flute. The technique creates sounds like a high-hat cymbal or percussion."
The concert is set to start at 4 p.m. on Grafton Common. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Congregational Church of Grafton, 30 Grafton Common. Admission is free and the public is welcome. A reception will follow at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common.
The public is invited to attend an open rehearsal at Apple Tree Arts from noon to 3 p.m. that day to meet the composer/conductor and the musicians.
Real has had a long and varied career as a flutist, conductor, composer and teacher. He has been a member of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and several other musical chamber groups. He has been a guest conductor for symphony and chamber groups in Venezuela and the United States. His compositions for flute chamber instruments have been performed by chamber ensembles in both countries. Currently, he is finishing his doctorate degree in musical art from Temple University.