February 22, 2012

Lucerne Festival Strings flutist to teach, perform

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The principal flutist of the Lucerne Festival Strings in Switzerland joins the Southern Illinois University Carbondale community for a masterclass and concert this month.

Christian Delafontaine will present a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.  Tickets are $12 for general admission, $6 for students, and there is no charge for those who attend the Delafontaine masterclass.

SIU Carbondale music faculty members Eric Lenz on cello and Douglas Worthen, flute, will join Delafontaine for the concert.

The masterclass is at 5 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Altgeld Hall.  The fee is $10 for students, $20 for community members.

Delafontaine is recognized as a flutist, pianist and composer.  He is artistic director and conductor of the City Orchestra of Yverdon in Switzerland.  His teaching experience includes the Conservatory of Neuchatel.  His current performance credits include the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich Camerata and the Lucerne Festival Strings.

The Brannen-Cooper Fund of the Brothers Flutemakers, Inc., and the Southern Illinois Flute Society sponsor Delafontaine’s visit to SIU Carbondale.