Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"An Afternoon with a Flutist Extraordinaire, Robin Etter" by Beautiful Music Orlando Flutist,Shannon Caine

Robin Etter is a wonderful flutist. I heard a CD by her years ago and it inspired me to make a goal of getting better on the flute and to work on my skills even more diligently. I put on my "bucket list" to audition for Walt Disney World.  I am now a Disney Fairytale Flutist for Disney Fairytale Weddings.  I also added to my "bucket list" to perform for  an orchestra concert with Robin Etter as Principal Flute, this was realized when I performed with Robin and my inaugural performances with the Walt Disney World Orchestra at The Candlelight Processional at EPCOT years ago. Which was another item on my "bucket list". Playing with Robin for Candlelight and events opened a new way of looking at the music - with a graceful refined approach to every single note and release. While keeping the sound pure and hauntingly unique with a voice quality. It was a surreal moment to say the least. We were booked together on a Three Flutes Only Concert Event in December 2009. Our combined sound for this flute trio event that evening was a truly amazing sound. This was the most unique and wonderful sound we had ever experienced with this trio and I know it was because of Robin and mixture of talent at the event. The trio was suited to each other in style, skill and sensitivity to the music changes with the custom songs arranged just for us by my staff arranger Jim Derrick (Trumpet performer at Disney World) with his magical ear and style, a sound like the Andrews Sisters to quote Robin. We were back the next year for a return engagement and once again the sound was palatable, you could almost reach out and touch it. Both events were very touching performances. After the event, Robin gave me a loaf of "homemade" Banana Bread and my Mom was there and said, You know Shannon thinks you are the Top Banana! not knowing what she had just handed me! It was a funny and serendipitous moment! I asked Robin to share via this Interview: "My Favorite Flutists Series"  she said, yes, even though she has been so busy year with her return to school at FSU and received her Master’s degree. She is now official research Librarian too.
Here are highlights from our chats and things she wanted to share for this project. I asked her to share her favorites, such as composer, song, memory and more. Enjoy! 

Afternoon with a Flutist, Interview with Robin Etter

Who is your favorite flutist? "I must admit is Sir James Galway, I just love his sound, it's so unique."  Robin, started piano at age 8 (still her first love) and continued through college with both piano and flute. Went to Interlachen in the summer during high school. Teachers: Robert Willoughby (Oberlin), the late Geoffrey Gilbert (London Symphony) and Tim Day (Baltimore Symphony), Kazuo Tokito (Philadelphia Orchestra), Toshiko Khono (National Symphony). Her Mother took her to her first orchestra concert with the Fairfax Symphony and they were performing "Afternoon of A Faun" by Debussy. It was an awakening!   

"I didn't even know what a flute was, but I wanted to add an instrument to the piano and my brother suggested I try the flute (he was listening to Jethro Tull "Aqualung" at the time). My Mom drove me to the music store that day and we rented a Gemeinhardt Flute. This was the 7th grade.  What is your favorite memory related to Music? My favorite memory- spending six months touring as concerto soloist with the American Wind symphony (aka "barge band"). It was a really talented group of recent college graduates. We toured all over the east coast and Mexico and stayed with host families - moving to a different city each week. I learned to cook during the month in Louisiana, and feel in love with Florida as well. The Florida Symphony was my first orchestra audition- it was 2nd flute. I was the youngest member of the orchestra for many years. Moving to Florida was like being transported to paradise. 

 Bio: Robin Etter, Professor of Flute, received her B.M. in flute performance form the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She is the professor of flute at Rollins college, in winter park, FL and is Principal flute with the Bach festival orchestra. She served as Principal flute with the Orlando Philharmonic from 1993-1997, was the associate Principal flute with the Florida symphony orchestra from 1984-1992 and has performed as principal flute with the Montovani orchestra, the palm beach ops, the 101 strings and the Walt Disney World orchestra, Ms. Etter performs chamber music with the Raintree Chamber Players, is an active recording artist in central Florida (including her solo CD " Afternoon of a Flute"(Essence Music) and is also the published author of "Suwannee Notes: A Musician's Journey." 

Overiew of the Book: Follow Etter, a flutist, and her husband, Scott, as they conquer the wilds of North Florida. The two restore an abandoned house along the banks of the historic Suwannee River, and along the way Robin finds a balance between her life as an urban classical musician and that of an outdoor “earth mother.” She skins catfish, snorkels with manatees, befriends a stray dog, battles squirrels, and slowly comes to terms with the “nitty-gritty” process of house renovation. She is now a research librarian as well and resides in Mount Dora with her family. 

I also asked Robin to share a funny story too.  "In the Northern Virginia Youth Symphony, we were playing Peter and the Wolf. We had a terrific guest conductor who, while rehearsing, would refer to each instrument as its character (Grandfather, the cat, etc.). In one rehearsal he kept asking me to being at letter A, or some such section, by saying “little bird, let’s start at letter A.” Finally, he put down his baton and said “I’m sorry. That’s silly. What is your real name?” When I replied “Robin” everyone cracked up and the nickname “little bird” stuck. Coincidentally, in college, my colleague Mark Sparks (Principal, St. Louis Symphony) started calling me “bird” and then the rest of the male flutists at Oberlin started calling me “bird” – I think because it was a less personal way of referring to a girl who was both a friend and a competitor."  

 Robin has now taken a sabbatical from Rollins position and Bach Festival to dedicate her time to a new career. She says, she is always looking forward, never in the rear view mirror, always trying to re-create herself. Indeed she has over and over. But, Always going back to Mozart for comfort! Her Solo CD is named "Afternoon of a Flute" one of the featured songs by Bill Holcombe, a jazz version of this classical masterpiece, a wonderful rendition of that classical piece that began her Journey in Music so long ago with an afternoon concert with her Mother.  

Here's a copy of a thank you note I sent to Robin after we played The Candlelight Processional together at EPCOT - Robin said, she was going to put this comment on her epitaph - really! It was such an honor to play in a performance I have wanted to be a part of for a long time with my favorite flutist. I have played with many players over the years – but have never encountered a player like you, elegant, and a master in an understated fashion. Indeed Robin is a Master Flutist. Photos used by Permission and material therein.  - c.2012BeautifulMusic.cc

Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012 Beautiful Music Holiday Season Begins...Beautiful Music Jazz Trio and Paint It Black Quartet at Ritz Carlton

The Beautiful Music  2012 Holiday Season is off to a great Start our Jazz Trio will Return to the Ritz Carlton Venues for the Thanksgiving events and our Paint it Black Trio for Christmas Day! Watch for details about these events. Remember to call and book with Beautiful Music soon for your upcoming Convention or Event.

Jazz Solo Flute at Girl Scouts Citrus Council September 15, 2011 - Shannon Caine

Beautiful Music Jazz Flutist Shannon Caine will be performing for the 2012 Gala for the Girl Scouts Citrus Councilhttp://www.citrus-gs.org Special Event on Saturday September 15, 2012 - at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.  Once a Girl Scout Always a Scout - Scout's Honor!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Beautiful Music at Stephen's Chapel Faith Assembly with Paint It Black Quartet

Beautiful Music  preseents Paint it Black Quartet performed at the new chapel at Faith Assembly on August 25, 2012 - very elegant setting, wonderful staff and guests.  Thanks to Adriana, Sacha and Jerry Bravo this event was a success, with our Paint It Black Quartet performing classical music for the ceremony and a mix of genres for the Reception.  photo by: Shannon Caine

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Paint it Black Quartet of Beautiful Music at Heaven Event Center August 22, 2012

Stop by and see and hear our modern/rock quartet- Paint It Black Quartet Classical musicians that Rock the House! Hope to see you there - begins at 5:30 pm - with event planner Angela Bachelor.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Celtic Concert August 3, 2012

Celtic Concert this evening in Winter Park with Victoria Schultz and Beautiful Music - should be a fun event!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Beautiful Music Presents Paint It Black Quartet - Aerosmith to Zeppelin and Bach to the Beatles

Paint it Black Quartet - Chamber ensemble offering rock and top 40 corporate or wedding reception music with string and wind arrangements featuring Aerosmith, Zeppelin, Bach, Beatles, Cold Play and more.
Out of the demand from many clients for events and weddings - Beautiful Music presents  the Paint It Black Quartet has come to be! Featuring classical instrumentation - the look of a String/Chamber Quartet - but custom repertoire that includes Rolling Stones, U2, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Led Zeppelin, The Verve, Jason MrazMichael Jackson and many more.  From Aerosmith to the Zeppelin and from Bach to the Beatles - this group is elegant, edgy and current!  Coming soon full service website Paint It Black Quartet - stay tuned!  We are able to enhance the group by adding Upright Bass, Electric Guitarist and Keyboards.  Be sure to book and refer your Modern Brides to us or for your next unique Corporate event or celebration.  We Rock the House!Theme Park Musicians, Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Festival and Brevard Symphony Orchestra.  All photos property of Beautiful Music and Paint It Black Quartet 2012. Prepare to be Entertained and Pleasantly So! 

Wedding at the Waldorf Astoria - Hilton Bonnett Creek - Paint it Black Quartet/Beautiful Music

 Jacqueline was a beautiful bride and her music program was so unique! As the planner described the event was whimsical! Event by Weddings Unique always perfection.  The enchanting Floral Design by Raining Roses.  So, pretty! Photos by Binary Flips.  Beautiful Music Paint It Black Quartet performed songs that included Uptown Girl and other favorites of the Bride.  The venue was the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Bonnet Creek.

Beautiful Music at St. James Catholic Church - Jessica Lannes Wedding 2012

Thank you to Damon Tucci for these lovely images from the wedding of Jessica Lannes at St. James Cathedral Downtown Orlando, with the Beautiful Music Trio and Vocalist.  Lovely event coordination by Weddings Unique.  Reception at the Mezz downtown Orlando at the Sanctuary. Cake by Party Flavors, Floral Design by Tommy Murphy of Greenary Productions.  Video by Alex Kraus at Voila Cinematic is always amazing. Bridal beauty by Patricia at Lejuene. Love the bride's parasol.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wedding or Sarah Boles at the Casa Feliz with Music by Beautiful Music

The wedding of Sarah Boles at the Happy House, Casa Feliz was coordinated by Michele Butler Events. Always great to work with this dream team and a pleasure to provide Beautiful Music Cellist soloist for this event. Fabulous as always! These Wonderful photos compliments of Nu Visions Photography.  

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Straughn Wedding in Lake Wales - May 2012

 Such a beautiful day for Marie and Matthew in Lake Wales, FL.  Event produced by Heather Snively of Weddings Unique. The event was elegant and the music stately for this lovely couple.  Beautiful Music provided our Chamber Ensembles and Muse Duo.   Floral designer the wonderful Jesus Rodriguez of Raining Roses.  Photos compliments of John Unrue - brilliant.  Beautiful Blue Skies for this fabulous wedding day!  Cake by Bake Me A Cake! and Buzz Catz were the Band.