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A few years back we filmed our first concert with the then-teenaged Dutch recorder player Lucie Horsch. While she was relatively little known at the time, the video went viral — earning over 200,000 hits. Today, in her early 20s, she is a leading ambassador for the recorder, which has claim to being the most beguiling classical instrument ever invented.
The Decca-signed virtuoso is the “latest big thing in recorder playing” (The Guardian) who possesses “fearsome virtuosity and superb technique” (BBC Music Magazine). About her debut CD, BBC Music Magazine writes, “This is a disc to buy, and display in years to come as the start of a distinguished career.” At the MCO, we can’t help but feel sorry for those who missed her past two concerts with us.
Nearly everyone is obliged to play the recorder in elementary school. But where most of us squawked and hooted, Horsch flutters and trills with the graceful agility of a master quickly in the making. School groups, who flocked to Lucie after the show like she was a rock-star, were as thrilled by this concert as everyone else. She is truly a performer for all ages.
The evening’s recorder program includes Kulesha’s Concerto for recorder and small orchestra and Bach’s violin and oboe concerto — where Lucie and Karl Stobbe will share the stage as the piece’s soloists. Other stellar works on the program by Haydn and Michael Oesterle.