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Grammy Award-winning flutist Rhonda Larson will be in concert at Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, for a Center Stage show that is free and open to the public.

Described by Yale Press as “the first female star of the flute to bring her polished classical training to a popular fusion of Celtic, jazz, ethnic, folk and sacred music,” Larson composes much of her own repertoire and performs on an array of ethnic flutes.

Her diversity, combined with her musical and technical abilities, continues to gain her recognition as a visionary force in creating unique hybrid music for the flute. A review of her performance in Connecticut’s VOICES, in fact, describes it as “a transformative force that breaks all the industry rules.

“Larson wields her instrument like a blow torch, breaking down our Victorian preconceptions of what the classical flute should be, how it should sound and where it should take us,” it continues.

A native of Montana, she entered the national music scene in 1985 by winning first prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. Included in the prize package was a debut at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.

Since then, her discography has grown to 17 commercial recordings, including two solo recordings, the latest of which is entitled “Distant Mirrors.”

Larson has served as a musical ambassador to South Africa, performing at the Parliament of the World’s Religions and sharing the stage with such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

She has recently recorded a variety of flute music for several CBS television series, including Survivor and The Restaurant.

Larson’s solo performance at TTU will be enhanced by a “virtual band” that includes keyboards, acoustic guitar, mandolin, harp, bass and ethnic percussion.
For more information about the artist, visit her web site at