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The Northern Westchester Flutes Serenade Chappaqua

CHAPPAQUA,N.Y.— The Northern Westchester Flutes performed at the Chappaqua Library Wednesday evening, playing a variety of chamber music from the past five centuries.

Northern Westchester Flutes is an ensemble of seven flautists from throughout Westchester. The group was formed when the original six members, Alice Avouris, Sandra Chan, Elyse Knobloch, Rebecca Quigley, Cecilia Sparacio and Dianne Spitalny, decided to combine their flutist flair in 2001.

The Northern Westchester Flutes play a wide variation of music, ranging from the Renaissance to today, playing in quartets, quintets, sextets and even a full septet. Their program performed at the Chappaqua Library included music with Italian, French, Spanish and even Native American influences.

This is the third consecutive summer that the Northern Westchester Flutes have performed at the Chappaqua Library.

“We play about a handful of concerts a year,” Quigley said. “We do concerts at libraries, churches and elderly homes.”

In 2009, the Northern Westchester Flutes were the featured ensemble at the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention in New York City in front of 4,500 people.

“For some of us, we were all here in February for Dianne for a recital,” Quigley said. “So we’ve been here four times in three years. It’s safe to say they’ve been good to us.”

The Northern Westchester Flutes were special guests of Spitalny, the principal flutist of The Chappaqua Orchestra, at The Chappaqua Orchestra Winds Concert on February 13 at the Chappaqua Library.

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