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Aptly described by ICON Magazine
as as “all-flute, all-the-time,” award-winning flute trio Areon Flutes has dazzled audiences with equal parts virtuosity,
theatrics, and expert music curation. Since its founding in 2004, Areon is one
of the only ensembles of its kind to make its mark equally between its
innovative performances and its educational infrastructure. For their efforts,
Areon Flutes has received praise from Fanfare Magazine for their “utterly pure
intonation and tone” and by The Flutist Quarterly for their “great display of
virtuosity”, with additional praise from Kathodik (Italy), ICON Magazine, San
Francisco Classical Voice, Jazz Weekly, New Classic LA, and The Flute Examiner,
among many others.

Areon Flutes is proud to have
legitimized the flute ensemble as one that can find success on the
international stage, and celebrates its 15th year of a decorated career. As the
only flute ensemble in history to earn a Bronze Medal or higher at the
international Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, their approach to both
musicality and innovation in stage performance speaks for itself—their Carnegie
Hall debut was met as a “memorable treat to all the senses” by New York Classical

In an effort to demolish tired
stereotypes of flute ensembles, Areon lives outside the box. Elaborate
costuming and makeup are just the tip of the iceberg, as Areon has performed
from the “wrong end” of the flute, acted out a Mayan ritual on stage, and more.
To further their performance concepts, the ensemble takes on ambitious
commissions of today’s most exciting living composers, having commissioned
dozens of works since its inception. These commissioned works have unlocked new
creative potential for ensembles: Areon has now performed with call bells,
ocarinas, and drinking glasses; as well as playing alongside film, beatboxing,
and more.

Areon’s growth can be traced
through its deep discography dating over 12 years. Most recently, the ensemble
released No Era (2018) on the innova Recordings label, in which it premieres
post-minimalist work by Bay Area composers Ryan Brown, Danny Clay, and Sahba
Aminikia. Its other three albums include Thrive! (2013), also on the innova
label, as well as Gossip Cats are Dancing (2012) and Flat Out! (2006).

Based in the San Francisco Bay
Area, Areon Flutes is made up of flutists Jill Heinke Moen, Kassey Plaha, and
Meerenai Shim, its core roster since 2016. Victoria Hauk joins Areon as acting
member for the group's 15th Anniversary Concert Season in 2020. Areon operates
as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and perform on Miyazawa flutes as
Miyazawa Artists. This event is free and open to the public.

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Feb 27 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Phillips Recital Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center