Jim Walker FlutistMADISONVILLE, Ky. (2/24/18) — Few other flutists in history have made such indelible marks in so many musical circles. From classical to conservatory and orchestral to jazz and pop, television to film and the concert hall, Jim Walker has never met an audience that didn’t love his powerful, “stand and deliver” performances, Glema Center for the Arts announced.

Dynamic soloist, legendary orchestral and studio musician, Greenville native Walker returns to the Glema Center with Bryan Pezzone on piano. He will be featured in a Glema Mahr Chamber Music Series 7:30 p.m. March 10. General admission tickets to the show are $20. He will also host a free Master Class for all flute players 3 p.m. March 10.

His star began to rise when he was named Associate Principal Flute in the Pittsburgh Symphony after a stint playing in the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point.

After seven successful seasons of performing, recording, and touring with the Los Angeles Philharmonic — during which time the New York Philharmonic briefly borrowed him as Principal Flute for their 1982 South American tour — Walker left the orchestra and into the world of jazz, studio recording and a commitment to teaching.

Walker has taught hundreds of flutists both privately and at these renowned institutions. Many of them have gone on to successful orchestral careers, holding Principal Flute chairs in major symphonies, from Phoenix to Boston and Beijing. With such a legacy, it is no wonder that students on four continents have flocked to hear his recitals and master classes. Jim’s creativity allows him to reach not only these students but also others he never sees, with his editions of flute masterworks on the Alfred Music Publications Young Artist Series.

The Glema announced Walker is also completing a set of flute method books filled with unique, fun, highly instructional exercises so that future generations can continue to benefit from his wealth of knowledge and generosity.

Until June of 2010, he was a first-call studio flutist for the better part of two decades; his bold, expressive playing can be heard on hundreds of soundtracks and commercial recordings. His playing became the gold standard from Hollywood to Carnegie Hall and unlocked the door to studio and concert collaborations with everyone from John Williams and Paul McCartney — “the thrill of a lifetime,” says Jim — to Leonard Bernstein.
Dynamic soloist, legendary orchestral and studio musician, celebrated jazz flutist, and an inspiration to countless students worldwide, Walker is living proof that with enough creativity and determination, one can reach the stars.

The Glema Center calls Walker "a living legend and a true Renaissance Man of the Flute."

Visit http://glemacenter.universitytickets.com, in person 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Glema Center ticket office or by phone at 270-821-2787.

Master Class with Jim Walker: Free and open to all flute players 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10. To register, call 270-821-2787.

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