Sunday, April 6, 2025 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Idle Twittering: A Flock of Flutes

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and the Wadsworth Public Library continue Live at the Library with Idle Twittering: A Flock of Flutes on Sunday, May 4, 2025, at 2 pm at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, OH 44281. 

French Flutist Louis Fleury (1878–1926) referred to music of the 19th century as “idle twittering.”  What’s the antidote?  A flock of flutes from Northeastern Ohio joins forces for a tuneful and tootful performance on flutes of all shapes and sizes with Jane Berkner, George Pope, Kyra Kester, and Linda White. 

The combined resumes of these flutists include performing with the Cleveland, Detroit, Akron, Canton, and Blue Water Orchestras. The quartet has performed for Cain Park, Heights Arts, Urban Troubadour and other regional venues, and they have also been invited to perform for both the National Flute Association and the International Low Flute Festival. 

This program is free. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 419-853-6016.

About the Musicians

Jane Berkner has been on the music faculties of the University of Akron, Ashland University, and The Cleveland Music Settlement.  She has performed with the Akron, Ashland, Canton and Youngstown Symphonies, the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, O’Neil Chamber Players, the Chamber Music Society of Ohio, and for touring shows at Playhouse Square in Cleveland and EJ Thomas Hall in Akron. She is Director of the Flute Choir Camp at Interlochen College of Creative Arts.  As Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Troubadour she creates concert events all around the Akron area, and is also currently working as Artistic and Operational Director for ORMACO. 

George Pope is Professor Emeritus of Flute at The University of Akron, and a former Professor at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. He was Principal Flute of the Akron Symphony from 1978-2002, and has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Orchestra and Blossom Festival Band, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony, the Canton Symphony, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Toledo Symphony, the Monteux Festival Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and at the Spoleto Festival.  He is a founding member of the Solaris Wind Quintet and the Chamber Music Society of Ohio. He is a Past President of The National Flute Association, and current President of the Board of Akron’s Tuesday Musical Association.

 Kyra Kester is Second Flutist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. She held a one-year Piccolo position with the Cleveland Orchestra during their 2007-2008 Season and has performed with the Detroit Symphony as Guest Second Flutist.  She has played with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the Pittsburgh Opera, as well as for pit orchestras at Playhouse Square. She has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department. 

Linda White regularly performs with classical guitarist Robert Gruca as part of the Gruca White Ensemble.  Comfortable with both written and improvised forms, this duo stretches the boundaries of the standard classical concert with their improvisations and arrangements of rock, funk and Latin tunes. She regularly collaborates with the composers of The Cleveland Composers Guild and has performed for the new music festival SHE SCORES since 2022. Linda is a founding member of the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, and has also performed with The Cleveland Pops, The Cleveland Opera Orchestra, The Akron Symphony, The Canton Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and The New World Symphony.  An engaging teacher, Linda teaches at The Music Settlement, where she has students of all ages and abilities.

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