House Concert October 20, 2018
Adam Eccleston - flute & Kira Whiting - piano
Musical influences across the Americas
This recital focuses on historical figures and periods of history that have been influenced by American music such as jazz and the influences of the African diaspora including Latin and Caribbean music. These influences span over decades and have influenced western classical music as well. The program consists of French born composer, Claude Bolling, Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio. Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes, Four Cuban Dances (originally from 21 Cuban Dances for solo piano). English born composer, Mike Mower, Sonata Latino. Venezuelan composer, Miguel Astor, Seis Flautero. Spanish born composer, Xavier Montsalvage, Cinco Canciones Negras (originally for soprano and piano) and Haitian-American composer, Julio Racine, Tangente au Yanvalou.
Originally from New York City, Adam Eccleston moved to Germany with his family at the
age of nine. There he studied with Eric Lamb, former co-principal flutist of The International
Contemporary Ensemble and Thaddeus Watson, piccolo player of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Orchestra at the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. While in Europe,
he worked with Sir James Galway in Switzerland, William Bennett in England and went on to
receive a Masters in Music from the New England Conservatory with Paula Robison. Mr. Eccleston
has also studied with Dr. Tara Helen O'Connor and worked with Marco Granados, Amy Porter, Le
Leone Buyse and Jim Walker. As a soloist, he has appeared with several orchestras around the
United States and Europe. He has also been awarded top prizes in various competitions, one of
which is the New York Flute Club Competition. Currently, Mr. Eccleston is the program director
for BRAVO Youth Orchestras in Portland Oregon, an El Sistema inspired music program to urban
youth. Mr. Eccleston plays on a 14k white gold Powell flute.
Currently based in Portland, Oregon, collaborative pianist Kira Whiting graduated from Manhattan School of Music in May 2014 with a Master's in Classical Accompanying with a Vocal Emphasis. Ms. Whiting has participated in master's classes with Thomas Quasthoff, Martin Katz, Thomas Hampson, Craig Rutenberg, and Roger Vignoles. She has performed several art song recitals in Scandinavia, a program of American art songs with Norwegian soprano Margrethe Fredheim for a balcony concert at the Oslo Opera House, and made her debut at Wigmore Hall in London, UK in 2015. Pianist of the Bodhi Trio, she and her trio held an artist's residency at Pacific University Spring 2018. She frequently collaborates with two time Grammy winner Bass-Baritone Dashon Burton, as well as members of the Portland Opera Chorus, Resonance Ensemble, and Oregon Symphony.