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19-20 Opening Night
Soloists Linda Nielsen Korducki and Alison Attar
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Saturday, September 21, 2019 (7:30 pm)

Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp

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Program Notes

Linda Nielsen Korducki was appointed principal flutist of The Fox Valley Symphony in 1999 and currently also performs as a member of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra from 1996-2015 and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, Pamiro Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theater, Bel Canto, Racine, Kenosha, Rockford, Chicago Pops and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestras. This is her third appearance as a soloist with the Fox Valley Symphony, and she has also given solo performances with the Green Bay Civic Symphony and Concord Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to her active performing career, Linda maintains a private teaching studio and is a faculty member at both Cardinal Stritch University and Alverno College where she teaches flute, chamber music and music history. She served on the faculty of the International Music Camp from 1991-2005 and has taught as a guest instructor at the University of Minnesota, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Whitewater, UW-Parkside, and at various flute festivals and summer music clinics.

Nielsen completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and UW-Milwaukee, and completed Trevor Wye's prestigious "Flute Studio", a one-year residential course in Kent, England. She is honored to have also studied with Sandra Pahl, Robert Goodberg, Judith Ormond, Jeani Foster, Walfrid Kujala, Julia Bogorad and Keith Underwood.

A native of Green Bay, Linda currently resides in the Milwaukee area with her husband and son. In addition to musical pursuits, they enjoy biking, downhill skiing and following the Green Bay Packers.

Concert harpist Dr. Alison Attar specialized in contemporary and Baroque performance for over 25 years. A champion of new music, Attar has performed with numerous new music groups, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, Fulcrum Point and Contempo (formerly Contemporary Chamber Players). Attar has especially enjoyed working and collaborating with living composers, including George Crumb, Osvaldo Golijov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Marta Ptasznska, Bernard Rands, Laura Schwendinger, Augusta Reed Thomas, Param Vir, and the late Gunther Schuller, among others. She was a founding member of the quartet Pinotage (flute, harp, viola and mezzo-soprano) and the Marinos Trio (guitar, harp and mandolin).

Attar's interest in historical harps, specifically multi-row instruments, has led to performances with Boston Baroque, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society (including a US tour and performances at the 1996 Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the late Christopher Hogwood conducting, Mark Morris choreography), Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago Opera Theater, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and Canada’s premiere Baroque orchestra, Tafelmusik. Attar also performed and recorded with San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Opera Lafayette in Washington D.C.

Additional highlights of Attar’s career include a 2017 tour of Cuba as guest harpist with the Chicago Harp Quartet, the Chicago Symphony’s 2014 Beyond the Score project “A Pierre Dream,” and two full cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has also performed with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet, Skylight Music Theatre, Midsummer’s Music Festival (WI) and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (FL). Attar toured Taiwan with Chicago’s Symphonic Pops Orchestra and served as Principal Harpist for Arnold Roth’s Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, where she performed with a myriad of popular singers. She has played The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, and Classic Quadrophenia, featuring Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder, Billy Idol and Alfie Boe.

Attar is highly regarded by her colleagues for her professionalism, leadership, versatility, vibrant and expressive sound and her uncanny rhythm. Dr. Alison Attar holds a B.M., M.M., and D.M. in harp performance and a B.A. in Italian culture, all from Northwestern University. Her primary teachers include Elizabeth Cifani, retired Principal Harpist of the Lyric Opera, and Elizabeth Borsodi-Wolkstein of Madison, Wisconsin. She can be heard on over 20 recordings under the Albany, Cedille, Hungaraton and Mayapple labels, among others, featuring music ranging from pop and jazz to Baroque opera and contemporary chamber music. Attar resides in a unique conservation community outside of Chicago with her husband, their two teenage boys and a menagerie of rescued pets.

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