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Wed, May 22, 2024
Sundays at Three
(Fine Arts)

Sundays at Three is pleased to host Saint Louis Symphony principal flutist, Mark Sparks in collaboration with pianist, Peter Henderson and cellist Valentina Takova, in a recital celebrating the release of his most recent CD

MARK SPARKS is Solo Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.  Recognized for his colorful tone, spirited phrasing, and charismatic style (described by the Denver Post as "mesmerizing"), he is a dynamic orchestral artist, soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, and has performed in many of the world's most prestigious venues.  He has made guest appearances with numerous top ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Pittsburgh  Symphony Orchestras, and was a member of the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman.
He can be heard as solo recording artist on the Summit label, with various orchestras on Sony, Telarc, Nonesuch, and Decca, and has recently released his second  solo album with AAM Records. A third solo cd will be released next year.  Upcoming activities this Fall include recitals in St. Louis, and an appearance with the Singapore Symphony performing the Rouse Flute Concerto.
A dedicated teacher, he has presented master classes in South America, Japan, and Norway, and for numerous U.S. Institutions, including the Manhattan School of Music, Yale, and the New World Symphony.  Mr. Sparks is a former full-time faculty member of Baltimore's Peabody Institute, and presents an annual Flute Seminar at Innsbrook Institute in Missouri.  Mr. Sparks' is also an artist-faculty member of the  Aspen Music Festival and School, where he is co-Principal flutist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony.
Mr. Sparks appears with distinguished colleagues in the book "Flute Stories: 101 Stories of the World's Best Flute Players".    
Born in the U.S. in 1960,  Mr. Sparks graduated with honors from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Robert Willoughby.  He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Society, and the National Flute Association.  As a student, he also trained at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Location: Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Recital Hall
Price: Ticket prices vary
Sponsor: Department of Music
Contact: River Campus Box Office
(573) 651-2265
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