CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois Flute Society, in cooperation with Car-bondale Com-munity Arts, is bringing Mark Sparks, the principal flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, to the SIU campus to facilitate a flute master class and play a free public concert on Monday, Jan. 24. The master class will begin at 5 p.m. in Altgeld Hall. To register call 618-559-8154 or obtain a form at www.
Class fees are $10 for students and $20 for adults, payable at the door.
A free concert for the general public will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. Sparks will play works for solo flute, flute and piano accompanied by Dr. Paul Transue, two flutes accompanied by Dr. Douglas Worthen, and flute orchestra accompanied by Southern Illinois Flute Choir.
Sparks was appointed principal flutist of
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra by the late Hans Vonk after an extensive international search.
Recognized for his colorful tone, spirited phrasing and charismatic style, he is a dynamic orchestral artist, soloist, chamber musician and teacher, and has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues.
He has made guest appearances with numerous top ensembles including the New York Phil-harmonic, Chicago, Pitts-burgh, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Bergen (Norway) symphony orchestras, and was a member of the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman. Sparks is an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he is co-principal flutist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony.
He can be heard with various orchestras on the Sony, Telarc, Nonesuch and Decca labels, and has recorded a solo album for Summit Records. This Fall, he released his most recent solo album,” Fantasie,” with AAM Records, and has recorded a third CD to be released later this year.
Sparks appears with distinguished colleagues in the book “Flute Stories: 101 Stories of the World’s Best Flute Players,” has been featured in articles and interviews for numerous publications, including Time magazine and The Flutist Quarterly, and has written performance guides for Flute Talk magazine.