Departures for Flute and String Orchestra by Christos Hatzis
Arranged for Flute and Piano by Jonathan Berkahn
First performed at the 2011 Japan Flute Convention, Departures (2011) is quickly gaining acclaim among flutists as an exciting new flute concerto. This edition is an arrangement of the original work, scored for flute and string orchestra and has been arranged to work as a stand-alone recital piece while also functioning as a rehearsal tool for the orchestral version. Since its premiere, notable flutists Susan Hoeppner (Canada) and Patrick Gallois (Finland) have presented performances in Mexico and Greece, respectively. The work's appeal is drive by Hatzis' unique and eclectic style, which bring in elements of Japanese folk music, blues and burlesque music. Departures is a standout work that makes for a unique contribution to the repertory of contemporary flute concerti.
I. Blooming Fields
III. Progress Blues