Southeast Michigan Flute Association

SEMFA Spring Guest Artist

Amy Porter in Recital with David Gilliland and David Buck masterclass

On Saturday, March 7 Amy Porter, Professor of Flute, University of Michigan School of Music, performed in recital with David Gilliland, Piano for SEMFA’s Spring Artist Event! The program featured the Sonata for flute and piano by Francis Poulenc. Sonatine for Flute and Piano by Henri Dutilleux, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune by Claude Debussy/arr. G. Samazeuilh, and Duo for flute and piano by Aaron Copland. It was a spectacular day for SEMFA.  Our membership and guests enjoyed this brilliant program performed as only Amy Porter, whom the New York Times has praised as: “technically robust and musically forceful”, the American Record Guide has recommended:  “if you have not heard her playing, you should” and the Houston Chronicle has lauded:  “she has succeeded in avoiding all the overdone playing styles of the most famous flutsts today”.  Brava, Ms. Porter!  

The recital was followed by an inspiring, engaging and educational masterclass with David Buck, Principal Flutist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Performers for the masterclass, selected from over a dozen applicants, were Anna Thompson, Maria Vallejo, Francesca Leo and Ayana Terauchi.  This outstanding opportunity presented performers and auditors with the unique insights of Mr. Buck, who has been praised for his “supple tone, rhythmic dynamism, and technical agility.” (The Oregonian).  A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Buck was appointed Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony in 2012 by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. David Buck is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he earned both his Bachelor’s degree and Graduate Diploma. His principal teachers were Robert Langevin, Jeffrey Khaner, David Cramer and Jeanne Baxtresser. 
The SEMFA board would like to thank Ms. Porter and Mr. Buck for stepping in at the last minute when our  Guest Artist Robert Langevin, Principal Flutist of the New York Philharmonic, was forced to cancel his planned appearance due to New York area inclement weather flight cancellations.