MSO to feature French flutist Jean Ferrandis


Jean Ferrandis will solo with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in Mozart’s “Flute Concerto in G Major” and Fauré’s “Fantasie for Flute” when the MSO performs their annual Spring Concert on Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View. A free pre-concert talk presented by Kara Dahl Russell from Delmarva Public Radio will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Ferrandis is an inspirational performer and teacher with superb musicianship, according to the New York Flute Club. He received his Prix from the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon in 1985 and then won the principal flute position in the Orchestre de Prix in Paris.

That year, Leonard Bernstein was invited to teach a master class and Ferrandis was asked to help to train the conductors before the class. Arriving early, Bernstein was so impressed by the beauty of Jean’s playing an adagio by Mozart that he said, “It is Pan himself,” and composed a cadenza for him, becoming his friend and mentor. What followed is an international career as a performer in concertos, chamber music and recitals in major music halls and festivals.

As a conductor, Ferrandis leads the St. Petersburg Camarata in Russia and the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania, with whom he recorded the flute concertos of C.P.E. Bach. He has also recorded CDs of Mozart’s complete concertos for flute, as well as the music of D’Indy, Hindemith and Yuko Uebayashi.

In addition to his performing career, he is on the faculties of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at California State University—Fullerton, and gives master classes world-wide in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia.

The evening program also includes Poulenc’s “Deux Marches et un Intermède” and the first of Mozart’s last three symphonies, “Symphony No. 39.” Additionally, Lucy McKnight, second-place winner of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra’s annual Concerto Competition, will perform “Meditation from Thais” by Massenet on the bass cello with the MSO.

Tickets are on sale for $38 for adults and can be purchased online at midatlanticsymphony.org, by phone at 1-888-846-8600, or at the door the evening of the concert. The MSO offers complimentary tickets to individuals 18 or younger; however, a phone reservation must be made for those tickets. The concert will also be performed on Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of God in Easton, Md., and on Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. at the Community Church in Ocean Pines, Md.