Flute Frenzy Hosting Workshop, Lecture With Award-Winning Flute Choir Composer

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Johnathan Cohen (Courtesy Flute Frenzy)
Johnathan Cohen (Courtesy Flute Frenzy)

An engineer-turned-composer is coming to Williamsburg this Saturday to play his flute with a group of musicians.

Maryland native Johnathan Cohen will be giving a talk Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on how an electrical engineer finds himself in the world of music.

Cohen, who has worked as a researcher in optics, communications theory, applied statistics and computer science, began taking up flute-playing in the mid-1980s and began composing in 2003.

During the lecture, Cohen, whose compositions have won multiple awards, will lead the attendees in creating a short flute choir piece. Attendees are encouraged to bring their flutes if they have them.

The cost for the lecture is $10.

After the lecture, Cohen will join Flute Frenzy, a nonprofit organization in Williamsburg dedicated to enriching the community by providing quality flute choir experience to flutists in the area, to perform his music in a free concert.

At the concert, the composition created at the morning workshop will be played, and youth and adult choirs will perform with Cohen and his contrabass flute — the largest instrument in the flute family, which he calls “Tiny” — under the direction of Carlson. A reception will follow the performance.

Both the workshop and the performance will be held at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 7479 Richmond Road.

Flute Frenzy founder, artistic director and conductor Margaret Carlson has known Cohen for several years, and said Cohen’s humor comes out in the pieces he composes.

“People like to play his music because all of the parts are fun,” Carlson said.

In 2010, Cohen composed an original piece for Flute Frenzy, which is played regularly at concerts.

For more information on Cohen’s workshop and concert, call 253-0850.