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Our Flute Angel - Karl Lutgens!
We are shocked and heartbroken over the passing of our SFFO member and friend, Karl Lutgens. Karl Lutgens was truly special in every way. He was a beautiful person that lit up the room simply by being there. His flute playing was over the top - just like he was. We were always thrilled to perform music with Karl because he brought it to the next level, and made it fun. We were so blessed to have performed with Karl a few days before lockdown at a South Florida Flute Orchestra (SFFO) rehearsal. He was so full of life. We never thought that it would be our last meeting, but are so touched to have shared that special day with him and all of our many other spectacular experiences over the years. Our sincerest condolences to Karl’s mom Cristina and his brother Erich. Heaven has a new flute angel. RIP Karl
His family has asked that in lieu of flowers, send a donation to either the Florida Flute foundation scholarship fund (this year's campaign will be in his name https://floridaflute.org/FFA/donate/) or the St. Jude's Children's Hospital https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html.
The South Florida Flute Orchestra (SFFO) is comprised of the finest professional flutists from Miami north to Fort Pierce and west to Naples. Our members have performed and recorded all over the world and received many accolades. The instrumentation of this rare ensemble includes piccolo and concert flute in C as well as the larger and lower alto flute in G, bass flute, bass flute in F, and contrabass flute.
Shaul Ben-Meir was principal flutist of the Haifa Symphony, under Sergiu Comissiona, until he was invited to the United States as Visiting Professor of Music at Ithaca College. Subsequently, he was appointed Artist-in-Residence at the University of Buffalo, participating in modern music research and performance under Lucas Foss. Mr. Ben-Meir was also a flutist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He studied both in his native Israel and in England. His teachers included Geoffrey Gilbert, Joseph Mariano, and Jean-Pierre Rampal. He has recorded solo albums and CDs with Golden Crest, Coronet, and Megido Records.
In 1962, Mr Ben-Meir was awarded the Silver Medal at the International Wind Competition in Helsinki, Finland. He was given the honor of conducting the National Flute Orchestra at the 2006 National Flute Convention in Pittsburgh.
Shaul Ben-Meir is widely recognized for his transcriptions and arrangements of symphonic repertoire for the flute orchestra medium. His arrangements are performed and recorded around the world. He appears frequently as a guest conductor of various flute orchestras around the USA and Canada. Mr. Ben-Meir is a former flutist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
January 25th, 2020- The South Florida Flute Orchestra and friends performed during the 2020 Convention of the Florida Flute Association.