Marianne Gedigian, Associate Professor of Flute at The University of Texas at Austin, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Guest Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Guest Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has been heard on dozens of recordings and Evening at Pops television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She has also been heard on several John Williams' movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List. In the 2000 - 2001 season, Ms. Gedigian was invited by Mariss Jansons to perform as Acting Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her around the world, including concerts in Japan, Australia, and Armenia and has appeared as concerto soloist numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Armenian Philharmonic performing her own transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto. She was featured with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame in a performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
This disc contains transcriptions for woodwinds and piano of some of Mozart's best chamber music. The two late works for mechanical organ closely capture what Mozart must have imagined, while the Sonata for Two Pianos transcribed for two flutes and piano, brings out a virtuosic display. The G major string quartet was transcribed at the suggestion of Jean-Pierre Rampal, who premiered it with his former student, Karl Kraber. Kraber is joined on this CD by flutist Marianne Gedigian, clarinetist Stephen Girko, principal, bassoon player Kristin Wolfe Jensen, and pianist Gregory Allen. The Chamber Soloists of Austin have performed a concert series in Austin, Texas, for twenty-five years, and The Washington Post wrote about them, "If the connection between chamber music and Texas is perhaps not automatic, these strong players.make a fine case for a thriving musical scene there...an exceptional program."
Wind Ensemble Music - BRYANT, S. / PUCKETT, J. / MACKEY, J. (Shadow of Sirius) (Gedigian, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Junkin) (Blu-ray Audio) Since its international début in 1991, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble has built a reputation for innovative programming. They perform three highly virtuosic and expressive works conceived to give the listener a surround sound experience in the concert hall, recreated on this recording in stunning 5.1. Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble places three groups of players around the audience while Joel Puckett’s Shadow of Sirius envelops the audience with a spatial arrangement of flutists. In the second movement of John Mackey’s Kingfishers Catch Fire antiphonal trumpets are staged behind the audience to conjure up this magnificent bird flying triumphantly into the sunlight. Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Note: This Blu-ray Audio Disc is only playable on Blu-ray Disc players and not compatible with standard CD or DVD players.