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Acclaimed flautist William Bennett returns to APSU for Summer Flute Academy, June 24 performance

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Every summer, one of Britain’s greatest flautists leaves overcast England to spend a week in the humid air hovering around Clarksville. That’s because William Bennett, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished services to music, has once again chosen Austin Peay State University as the site of his Summer Flute Academy—his only master class offered in the U.S.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Every summer, one of Britain’s greatest flautists leaves overcast England to spend a week in the humid air hovering around Clarksville. That’s because William Bennett, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished services to music, has once again chosen Austin Peay State University as the site of his Summer Flute Academy—his only master class offered in the U.S.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, the Clarksville community will get the rare chance to hear this level of performer when Bennett presents an intimate concert in the University’s Mabry Concert Hall.

As a part of the evening’s event, Bennett will perform his own arrangement of the “Violin Sonata, Op. 4” by Felix Mendelssohn. Dr. Lisa Wolynec, APSU professor of music and herself a gifted flutist, will join Bennett that evening for a performance of “Trio Sonata in E Major” by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, as well as “Rigoletto Fantasie” by Franz Doppler.

Wolynec will also perform Rhonda Larson’s “Sweet Simplicity” and “Odelette” by Camille Saint- Saëns. Larson is familiar to APSU, having served as a Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in 2015.

The program will also feature some of Bennett’s favorite pieces, other faculty associated with the Flute Academy and a flute choir comprised of attendees of the class.

The concert is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10, but audience members will get to sit on stage with the performers for a more casual, relaxed experience.

Bennett studied the flute under the legendary flutist Marcel Moise at the Paris Conservatory, and he will share his extensive knowledge of the instrument with attendees of his summer academy. Students sent in audition recordings from all over the country for the chance to play for him in the master class. Individuals interested in simply auditing the class can pay a daily fee of $175 to attend.

For more information on the concerts or the master class, contact Wolynec at wolynecl@apsu.edu.