UNO Professor of Flute, Dr. Christine Beard and Artist-Faculty of Piano, Stacie Haneline served as guest artists at the Festival Internacional de Flauta y Percusion de Honduras in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from June 18-21, 2018. The duo performed a recital of music for flute, piccolo and piano by composers American Keith Gates and Dana Wilson, along with works by Canadian composer Derek Charke, Australian composer Barry McKimm, and UK composer Andy Scott. Ms. Haneline also served as accompanist for renowned Canadian flutist, Christopher Lee, who shared the recital hour with Beard. At the conclusion of the program, Beard, Haneline and Lee took the stage together in a choreographed encore performance of “Oblivion” by Astor Piazzolla which brought many members of the audience to tears.
In addition to the solo recital, Beard taught a flute masterclass and led a morning warmup session during the festival, and also performed on the finale concert with guitarist Luis Godoy and percussionist Cristobal Pienda, both natives of Honduras. The finale concert also included a collaborative performance featuring all four of the guest flute artists alongside the Chilean percussion quartet, Dakel percussion.
This year marked the bi-annual festival’s 12th event, which featured four flute guests from the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and Brazil, and five guest percussionists from Chile and the USA alongside host artist-teachers Jessie Godoy and Christobal Pienda of Honduras. The festival drew approximately 100 student participants from Honduras and San Salvador. For ore information, visit the festival’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Festival-Internacional-De-Flauta-y-Percusi%C3%B3n-Honduras-723279467730625/.