Flutist Diva Goodfriend-Koven to Perform Works by Haydn, Farrenc, Martinu, and Messiaen at Simon’s Rock

Diva Goodfriend-Koven

Diva Goodfriend-Koven

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — Renowned flutist Diva Goodfriend-Koven will perform works by Haydn, Farrenc, Martinu, and Messiaen with faculty members Anne Legêne on cello and Larry Wallach on piano at Simon’s Rock College on Sunday, March 6, at 3pm, in the Kellogg Music Center, as part of the Faculty Recital Series. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The program includes trios by Joseph Haydn and Louise Farrenc, as well as works for the flute and piano by Bohuslav Martinu and Olivier Messiaen.

In addition to her solo career as a chamber music recitalist, Goodfriend-Koven plays the flute and piccolo worldwide with major orchestras. One of New York City’s most versatile and sought-after musicians, she regularly appears as an associate musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. She is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and the Locrian Chamber Players.

As a soloist in the U.S. and abroad, Goodfriend-Koven performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Symphonic Ensemble. She has also toured with the Metropolitan Opera in both domestic and international venues.

A former student of Julius Baker, Goodfriend-Koven was a back-up musician for Sting, Dianna Krall, Willie Nelson, Lena Horne, John Legend, and Lucianno Pavarotti – among other notable stars. For 23 seasons, she performed at the Bard College Music Festival. She played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Lake George Opera Co. and the Boulder, Colorado Music Festival for a season or two. As a master class teacher, she taught at the Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Montclair State, and the Mannes School of Music. For three consecutive years, her protégés have won the Young Concert Artists International competition and were awarded solo recitals at Weil-Carnegie Hall.

The New York City resident is known for her “Live from Lincoln Center” presentations, as well as numerous Metropolitan Opera HD broadcasts and video presentations — including DGG, Sony Classics, Vanguard, Pro Arte, and feature film scores.

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