FlairO’Boneba has been performing together for over ten years. The top half of the ensemble is that of a woodwind quintet. Mankato Symphony members Kris Raaen (flute) and Martha Lindberg (oboe/english horn), joined by Faribault clarinetist Phyllis Bongard, are the woodwind part of the ensemble. Mankato Symphony member Al Tonn (tuba) and Faribault musician Joel Raaen (trombone) form the brass quintet bottom of the ensemble. All the ensemble’s music is specially transcribed for its unique mixture of sounds.
Stephen May received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Cornell University, studying composition and organ. Since 1997, he has been organist and choir master of the Cathedral of our Merciful Savior in Faribault, where he has invited FlairO’Boneba to perform his numerous arrangements for winds and organ. It is this repertoire that will be featured at their November concert, with selections of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Franck, and a seldom-heard group of Bagatelles by Dvorak. May will also perform on solo organ, and FlairO’Boneba will perform unique arrangements of the American gospel tunes “Blessed Assurance,” “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” and “We’re Marching to Zion.”
There will be no admission charge for the concert, but a free-will offering will be taken to help defer expenses.