Grammy-winning flutist Rhonda Larson comes to Minneapolis for Flute Fest

Rhonda LarsonCourtesy of the artist

Rhonda Larson with Alison Young


April 04, 2018
Paula Gudmundson with Alison Young

Paula Gudmundson with Alison Young
by MPR

This year, the Upper Midwest Flute Association will invite a "world flutist," Grammy winner Rhonda Larson, as its guest artist for Flute Fest 2018 on Saturday in Minneapolis.

Born and raised in the mountains of Montana, Larson was shaped into a nature-loving, free spirit, as well as a trailblazing artist, by the Big Sky Country of the Wild West. She came to the attention of the flute-playing world when she won the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition at 22. Later, she joined the Paul Winter Consort and launched a career like no other.

Larson will present a program about ethnic flutes and then play them in a concert experience called "Winds of the World."

Paula Gudmundson
Paula Gudmundson
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"My first priority is to artistic authenticity, hoping to better serve the odds of lifting people's hearts," she says. "That is why I am a musician."

I will also be involved at Flute Fest, offering a class on publishing and recording your own music, as well as narrating a concert of my arrangements of music from Argentina. It's called "A Little Tango in Her Blood" and features flutist Paula Gudmundson (listen to interview above) and Tracy Lipke-Perry. This concert takes place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7.

Event info

What: Upper Midwest Flute Association's Flute Fest 2018.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 7.
Where: Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis.