Robert Dick

Renown flutist Robert Dick will give a free performance Monday night at First United Methodist in Waynesville.

World acclaimed flutist, Robert Dick, will present a concert of traditional and contemporary solo flute music at 7 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

Admission is free and is open to the public. Dick will be performing on all sizes of flutes including his invention, the Glissando Headjoint.

Dick is a world renowned performer and composer of contemporary music for the flute. Even though he has deep roots in classical music, his compositions, striking in the intensity and originality of their emotion, are also inspired by jazz, Indian and African music, electric and electronic music, and natural sounds.

Dick has utterly dispensed with preconceptions about what a flutist should sound like and what a flutist should play.

In his 20s, Robert’s world of music experienced its own Big Bang. He became a passionate, omnivorous listener to world music, to rock, to jazz, to electronic music — to all the music he could get his hands on.

In this period, one musician’s influence outweighed all others, and that was Jimi Hendrix, the most inventive rock electric guitarist ever.

Robert on Jimi: “Hendrix’s intensity and his unbelievable creativity inspired me. The sense that he could spontaneously make any sound he wanted, whether it had ever been played before or not, shook my world. I wanted to create a soundworld for the flute as extensive and as free as Hendrix’s guitar, and I wanted to do it acoustically, not with electronics. I felt that for the flute, the human playing could do what electronics did for the guitar sound.”

Dick’s concert opens his five-day workshop at Lake Junaluska for flutists wishing to learn contemporary flute techniques.

There will be morning classes which will explore multiplonics, glissandi, microtones, whisper tones, throat tuning and improvisation. Evening classes will be devoted to contemporary (since 1960) flute literature. Flutists from all over the USA, as well as Columbia and South Africa will be attending.

For more information, contact Anna Thibeault at or 828-944-0786.

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