The Fairmont State University Department of Music is proud to present our Music on the Hill Guest Artist, flutist, Kelly Sulick. The show titled, “American Women: Our Stories, Our Voices” celebrates the journey American women have faced throughout history, contextualizing their challenges and celebrating their triumphs. The event takes place on April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Wallman Hall room 229 on the campus of Fairmont State. The event is free and open to the public.
Audience members can expect to take a musical journey through the challenges and triumphs American woman faced throughout history. Eve Beglarian’s, “Can I have it without begging?” tackles the objectification of the desired, while Laura Kaminsky’s “202-456-1111” addresses diminishing democracy in America. Jennifer Higdon’s “Rapid Fire” embodies a desperate response to violence, while Valerie Coleman’s “WISH Sonatine”, inspired by Fred D’Aguiar’s poem of the same name, depicts the harrowing journey of enslaved people traveling the Middle Passage. Finally, Eve Beglarian’s haunting, “I Will Not Be Sad in This World,” written for alto flute and electronics, rounds out the program.
Lead flutist and Music on the Hill Guest Artist, Kelly Sulick, currently teaches at the University of Virginia and serves as Principal Flute in the Charlottesville Symphony. Prior to her appointment, she served as Principal Flute with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and as Consortium Instructor of Flute at the University of Evansville. She earned her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California; prior to her graduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, where she graduated with highest honors and was named a James B. Angell Scholar for her academic achievements.
Hailed as “flawless” by the Evansville Courier Press for a concerto performance with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Sulick has also appeared as a concerto soloist with ensembles throughout the country, including the Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra, the Charlottesville Symphony, and most recently the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and alongside Sir James Galway at the Kennedy Center. She won second place in the 2010 National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, and was awarded the prize for the best performance of Kristin P. Kuster's "Perpetual Afternoon." She can be heard on several compact discs, including William Bolcom's “Songs of Innocence and of Experience” under Leonard Slatkin, a Naxos release that received four Grammy awards including Best Classical Album.