Organized in Partnership with Shenandoah Conservatory, Flute Concert Features Jonathan Snowden and Includes Wine & Cheese Reception
Winchester, VA 8/26/15…Music from internationally acclaimed flautist Jonathan Snowden, a wine-and-cheese reception, and special evening access to the Glen Burnie House and Gardens will highlight the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s Glen Burnie Salon Series concert from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 3. [Register here.]
Organized by the MSV in partnership with Shenandoah University, the concert is part of a new monthly series featuring professional musicians and faculty members from Shenandoah University Conservatory.
For the September concert, the Glen Burnie House and its surrounding six acres of gardens will open at 5 p.m. Wine and cheese will be served on the drawing room terrace, informal talks highlighting Glen Burnie’s history and architecture will be offered in the house, and attendees may explore the gardens at their leisure. The concert will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the drawing room of the Glen Burnie House.
One of Britain’s premier solo flautists, Jonathan Snowden is the artist-in-residence at the Levine School of Music, Washington, DC, and professor of flute, Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester. For his Glen Burnie performance, Snowden will treat concert-goers to a musical journey that will range from baroque to contemporary and include a discussion detailing the development of the flute through various countries and eras. The evening’s program will include a total of 12 works by German, French, American, British, and Russian composers. For all but two flute solos scheduled for his MSV performance, Snowden will be accompanied by his wife, pianist Susan Snowden. [Register here.]
Jonathan Snowden has been Principal Flute of the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and Philharmonia Orchestras of London. Termed by The Guardian as “one of the most brilliant flautists of his generation,” Snowden has performed concert tours in Europe, the United States, and Japan, and he has performed upon invitation with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestras. He has performed as soloist with some of the most distinguished orchestras in this country and abroad, including, to name a few, The Royal and London Philharmonic Orchestras, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Along with teaching master classes at The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, DIT Conservatory of Music (Dublin), the London College of Music, and the Royal Academy of Music, Snowden has adjudicated, performed, and taught for the British Flute Society, the National Flute Association, and the Flute Society of Washington, DC. In demand as a session musician, Snowden has recorded film scores for such films as Shrek–Forever After, The Dark Knight, The Da Vinci Code, The King’s Speech, and Mr. Holland’s Opus, and he has recorded and performed with popular artists as diverse as Bjork, Sting, Sir Cliff Richard, and Elvis Costello.
Tickets to the salon performance, which include the entertainment and wine-and-cheese reception, are $30 per person for MSV Members and SU faculty and students. For all others, tickets are $35. Seating is limited; those interested in attending must purchase tickets by August 31. Tickets may be purchased here or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240.
Following September’s concert, the season’s final Glen Burnie Salon Series concert will take place on October 8 with saxophonist Timothy Roberts.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV complex—which includes the Museum (not open during the salon concerts), the Glen Burnie House, and the gardens—is open Tuesday through Sunday. Additional information is available by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235, or referring to www.theMSV.org. – END –
About the Glen Burnie House and Gardens:
The Glen Burnie House sits on land that Winchester-founder James Wood settled in 1735. Wood’s son Robert built the oldest portions of the house in 1793 and 1794. Descendant Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910–1992) became the house’s sole owner in the 1950s; with partner R. Lee Taylor (1924–2000), he transformed the Glen Burnie House into a country retreat surrounded by six acres of formal gardens featuring fountains, sculptures, and intimate garden rooms. After Glass’s death, the house and gardens opened to the public in 1997. The house underwent an extensive, three-year preservation and renovation project from 2011 to 2014 and reopened with a new visitor experience. Interpretive panels in the house show visitors archival images of people who have lived in Glen Burnie over the generations and a fully furnished miniature model of the Glen Burnie House provides visitors with an exacting look at how Glass and Taylor furnished the house as their private residence. Added to Glen Burnie in 1959, the drawing room features three crystal chandeliers and provides the perfect setting for the Glen Burnie Salon Series.