by Jarrett Hoffman
“The first thing I do is find music that I love, that I’m emotionally connected to, and that I believe the listener will enjoy,” flutist Demarre McGill said by telephone last week, explaining how he put together his upcoming program for the Kent Blossom Music Festival.
In addition to that, the identity of the composers played an important role. “You don’t need to be a female, gay, or Black musician to program female, gay, or Black composers,” he said. “This is my way of creating something that is truly representative of American classical music — this beautiful diversity. That’s intentional.”
On Wednesday, July 21 at 7:30 pm, Kent Blossom will continue its Faculty Concert Series by presenting another pair of Kulas Visiting Artists: McGill and pianist Rodolfo Leone. Their program includes Valerie Coleman’s Fanmi Imén, flute sonatas by Lowell Liebermann and Yuko Uebayashi, and William Grant Still’s Songs for Flute and Piano. Attend in person at Ludwig Recital Hall (tickets here), or catch the free livestream.