Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Grammy Winning Flutist
Rhonda Larson and Ventus present Winds of the World
Grammy-winning flutist Rhonda Larson first came into recognition by winning first prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition in 1985, resulting in a debut in Carnegie’s Recital Hall prior to her senior year of university. She was subsequently invited by Paul Winter to become a member of his renowned Paul Winter Consort, and spent many collaborative years together recording, producing, and performing world-wide. The association culminated in winning a Grammy Award for her work with that group.
Shortly after her tenure with the Consort, Rhonda formed her five-member band Ventus. Ventus is Latin for “wind”, and like that wind, their music soars beyond industry labels and parameters, and merges the most soulful elements of sacred, Celtic, classical, folk, jazz and ethnic music derived from ancient folk sources, as well as original compositions by Rhonda Larson.
In addition to the familiar western European flute, Larson performs on an array of ethnic flutes and is joined by keyboards, acoustic guitar, bass, and a variety of hand percussion from around the world. Rhonda Larson & Ventus’ music has the precision and virtuosity of their individual classical training, and the accessible charisma of world music rhythms and melodies.