Flutist to Present Native American Flute Program

James Pellerite, hailed solo flutist, will bring his Native American flute program to Oklahoma Baptist University for the third concert in the university's fall concert series, Tuesday, Oct. 3. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium and admission is free.

OBU faculty members performing with Pellerite in the concert include Rhetta Hudson, associate professor of music, vocalist; Sandra Meyer, associate professor of music, harpsichordist; Dr. Ron Lewis, professor of music, pianist; and Joni Rice, instructor of music, percussionist. OBU student Thresa Swadley will serve as cellist for the performance.

The program includes newly composed works written specifically for the Native American flute.

Pellerite studied flute at the Juilliard School, played first chair with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and taught flute for more than 30 years at Indiana University's School of Music.

When he retired to Albuquerque in 1993, Pellerite became interested in Native American flute music and took up the wooden instrument himself after hearing a concert by a musician at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Pellerite is well known as an orchestral musician throughout the United States. In addition to his position as principal flute with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he also was first-chair flute for the Detroit Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Chautauqua Symphony of New York, and L'Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico under the direction of Pablo Casals. He also has performed with the San Francisco, Dallas and Minnesota symphonies.

His performances have included those under such eminent conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Neville Mariner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski, and Igor Stravinsky.

His numerous residencies have included tours to Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and the People's Republic of China.

As a music instructor, Pellerite wrote a number of reference works for flute, including the Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute, widely used by music educators, artist-teachers and students.