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The première performance of Three Dances for Flute by contemporary composer Stella Sung was a real discovery! Ms Sung is an active composer and teacher in the Orlando, Florida area. The opening Andante and the Adagio, quasi improvisatory, tempo rubato that follows show the lyrical influence of Samuel Barber. Yet this shimmering music is the work of a composer with an original, personal voice. The final Allegretto is a light French pastry (à la Poulenc and Milhaud with spicier harmonic seasoning) that delights the listener. Sung's music embraces the past but could only have been composed in the 21st century! The audience gave this atmospheric score an ovation. Nield essayed the daunting, high lying solo flute line with brilliance and a lustrous tonal palette. A splendid work in a spectacular performance!

Stella Sung's marvelous score symbolized this fascinating concert's thematic purpose. Chameleon Musicians introduced the work of a brilliant creative artist and revived intoxicating scores by path breaking female composers. The outstanding, dedicated performances of the Chameleon group were a labor of love. A wonderful celebration of women in music and Women's History Month! Bravo Chameleon!

Copyright © 23 March 2004 Lawrence Budmen, Miami Beach, USA

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CHAMELEON MUSICIANS

FANNY MENDELSSOHN HENSEL

AMY MARCY BEACH

STELLA SUNG

ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH

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