CANCELED: Natural Homeland featuring Powell Flutes Artist Amelia Lukas

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Time and Location

Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 pm PST Performing Arts Center 155 - Concert Hall

Concert Program

Key works on the program include

  • AWARE for flute, recorded voices, and electronics by Grammy-nominated Haitian-American composer Nathalie Joachim, “a fresh and invigorating cross-cultural voice. (The Nation)
  • Within for piccolo, flute and alto flute with electronics, by Ian Clarke; considered “marvelous and dramatic… [with] sweeping soundscapes [that] evoke the beauty of East Africa and capture the most intimate emotion… Brilliant, brave, moving.” (Musician)
  • Move It for alto flute, by Carlos Simon, recipient of the 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, recognizing extraordinary classical Black and Latinx musicians, and former Sundance/Time Warner Composer Fellow.
  • Four Blossoms Single Stem for flute, alto flute and piccolo by Pacific Northwest-based composer David Bernstein - inspired by writings from Black Elk Speaks and with lighting design emblematic of traditional hoop dances.
  • I will not be sad in this world for alto flute and electronics by Eve Beglarian, considered a “humane, idealistic rebel and a musical sensualist,” by the Los Angeles Times.
  • Additional works by Lisa Marsh, Nadir Vassena, Isang Yun, and Allison Loggins-Hull.

Natural Homeland is a timely, tour de force program of music for solo flute, piccolo, alto flute, and electronics, that delves deep into the meaning of home and our place in the world around us. A diverse and gorgeous array of music weaves together stories of natural disaster and displacement, but also of hope and inner sanctuary. This is a reflective, restorative and important program that draws expansive connections around ideas of shelter, belonging, and freedom, all offered through Lukas’ riveting performance, which conveys a “fine balance of virtuosity and poetry.” (The New York Times) The scope of extended techniques and global palette of sounds featured in these works is stunning, and rarely heard on the concert stage.

 Lukas will introduce and offer context for each piece.

About Amelia Lukas

Known for her especially pure tone, flexible technique, and passionate, committed performances, flutist Amelia Lukas performs with “a buoyancy of spirit that comes out in the flute, a just beautiful sound.” (Boston Globe) A resident of Portland, Oregon, Amelia’s recent engagements include solo appearances with Chamber Music Northwest, Fear No Music, March Music Moderne, Portland Taiko, the Astoria Music Festival, Music in the Woods, and for All Classical Portland’s live radio broadcasts, with additional chamber and orchestral performances for the Eugene Symphony, Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, Portland Piano International, Friends of Chamber Music, 45th Parallel, Oregon Music Festival, and Bridgetown Orchestra. While in New York, Amelia’s career included membership in the American Modern Ensemble and performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Stone, Bargemusic, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and New Music New York Festival. Lauded for her skilled interpretation of new music, Amelia “excels at bringing drama and fire to hyper-modernist works with challenging extended techniques.” (Oregon ArtsWatch) She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music (London) where she received three prizes for musical excellence, and is a Board Member for Chamber Music Northwest. Learn more at

Disability Accommodations

For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found by contacting Western's Disability Access Center.