The University of South Dakota Dept of Music presents guest artist Linda Chatterton in a flute recital and master class to the public at no charge, Thursday, Sept. 17, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of South Dakota Department of Music, Colton Recital Hall, College of Fine Arts, Vermillion.
The concert features Linda Chatterton with pianist Dr. Susan Gray. Linda Chatterton is a recipient of a South Dakota Arts Council Touring Artists grant.
Flutist Linda Chatterton "ushers listeners into a dreamy world buoyed by smooth melody line and radiant timbre," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ms. Chatterton is one of those rare musicians who melds technical prowess with a wondrous musical and communicative gift. A flutist with an equal flair for the dramatic, lyrical, powerful, or playful, her range of repertoire perfectly reflects the varied facets of her solo, chamber music, or concerto performances.
A Yamaha Performing Artist, Ms. Chatterton has toured throughout much of the country as well as in Germany and the United Kingdom. She has performed in New York at Carnegie and Alice Tully Hall, was a featured recitalist on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, and has been heard throughout the U.S. on National Public Radio.
Ms. Chatterton has performed with numerous groups including the Minnesota Orchestra and the Dale Warland Singers, and she tours regularly as a duo performer with both harp and piano. As a concerto soloist, highlights include many performances of the Lukas Foss Renaissance Concerto. Ms. Chatterton has commissioned, recorded and premiered many new works, including music by Edie Hill, Lu Pei, Abbie Betinis and Adrienne Albert.
Upcoming performances include a 20-city concert tour. The first flutist to win a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Ms. Chatterton received a second McKnight grant in the spring of 2008. She also has garnered prizes and awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the American Composers Forum.
In addition to her concert schedule, Ms. Chatterton retains an active studio where she teaches a wide range of students including those who request professional coaching. She also is highly regarded for her insightful master classes, and she serves as a mentor to music students at the Universityof Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts. In a related realm, Ms. Chatterton often can be heard giving her motivational presentation "It Sounded Better at Home!" based on her extensive work on the psychology of optimum performance.
"It Sounded Better at Home!" will be released as a book in 2010. Ms. Chatterton received her master of music degree from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a scholarship student of Bonita Boyd. She has recorded on the CBS Masterworks, Innova, and Gothic labels, and has also independently released five compact disc recordings.
Of her latest CD, "Diverse Voices – American Music for Flute," critic David Vernier of Classics Today writes that she is "engaging our ears and musical sensibilities with a mellifluous tone and articulation that captures the most agreeable aspects of the instrumen's voice, showing its capacity for assertive power as well as its "softer" side — caressing, subtle, tender, warm. Her technique and mastery of the most difficult challenges of speed, breath control, and, yes, intonation, are pretty impressive."