Farah Zolghadr WIU MUSIC ALUM PERFORMS ON JAZZ ROOTS: AN EVENING WITH DAVE GRUSIN

Farah Zolghadr, right, pictured with Andrea Redcay Graves, associate music professor and director of the Western Illinois University Flute Studio, 2006

Farah Zolghadr, right, pictured with Andrea Redcay Graves, associate music professor and director of the Western Illinois University Flute Studio, 2006

Farah Zolghadr, BA Applied Music, 2007, Principal Flute of the Mancini Institute Orchestra, University of Miami, participated in the recording and the filming of “An Evening With Dave Grusin” December 4, 2009 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

The CD, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, is scheduled for an April 26, 2011 release on the Heads Up-Concord Music Group label. The concert will also be the first such recording to be released on an iPad app with new technology from Roba Interactive which allows the viewer to be truly integrated with the concert experience.

The concert, led by Academy Award-winning composer Dave Grusin, featured such musical luminaries as Patti Austin, Jon Secada, Monica Mancini, Gregg Field, Gary Burton, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres and Sammy Figueroa in a rare live performance of Grusin’s arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and a selection of Grusin’s Hollywood film scores. The artists were backed by the Frost School of Music, Mancini Institute Orchestra.
Zolghadr, a second-year Doctor of Musical Arts student, is a Henry Mancini fellow and serves as a teaching assistant for Trudy Kane, Professor of Flute and former principal flutist of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Farah graduated from WIU summa cum laude with majors in Applied Music and Political Science and was named a Foundation Honors recipient, College of Fine Arts Scholar, Department of Music Scholar, Western’s Lincoln Academy of Illinois Lincoln Laureate and Phi Kappa Phi National Fellow. Her flute instructor was former WIU Assistant Professor of Flute Andrea Redcay Graves.

She completed her Masters of Music at University of Nevada - Las Vegas under Dr. Jennifer Grim where she was named Outstanding College of Fine Arts Student and winner of the annual concerto competition for her performance of the Liebermann Piccolo Concerto. She also served as president of the Las Vegas Flute Club.

Recently she has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra as principal for Ravel’s Bolero and served as piccolist for the Florida Grand Opera’s production of Turandot. Farah also completed a two-week service with Maestro and pianist Phillippe Entremont at the 2011 Santo Domingo Music Festival, Dominican Republic.

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