CARBONDALE — Mark Sparks, the principal flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will visit the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus next week.
Sparks, whose visit is sponsored by the Southern Illinois Flute Society and Carbondale Community Arts, will teach a masterclass and play a free public concert during his visit.
The masterclass begins at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, in Altgeld Hall. To register, call 618-559-8154 or obtain a form from www.sifs.info. Class fees are $10 for students and $20 for students, payable at the door.
The free concert follows, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. Sparks will play works for solo flute, flute and piano accompanied by Paul Transue, two flutes accompanied by Douglas Worthen and flute orchestra accompanied by the Southern Illinois Flute Choir.
Recognized for his colorful tone, spirited phrasing and charismatic style, Sparks is a dynamic artists, soloist, chamber musician and teacher and has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, alongside top caliber orchestras and symphonies.
— Adam Testa