Review: SPCO flutist steals show in music of Bach

  • Article by: William Randall Beard , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 17, 2014 - 7:52 PM

Principal flute Julia Bogorad-Kogan stole the show at this week’s St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts, heard Friday morning at Ordway Center. She soloed in Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2, which is essentially a flute concerto.

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judith6355Jan. 18, 14 1:34 PM

The flute performance in the Bach Orchestral Suite was every bit as brilliant as Beard writes. However, the flutist was not Julia Bogorad-Kogan, as the program stated, but second flutist Alicia McQuerry. This is not the first time that McQuerry has played a piece in which Bogorad-Kogan was listed as the player. Perhaps they alternate when there are two performances on the same day as there were on Friday. The difference may not be that noticeable as McQuerry is also a superb flutist. McQuerry is tall and blond and does not look at all like the picture of Bogorad-Kogan that accompanied the review. Next time, Mr. Beard, look as well as listen.

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brookeulleryJan. 19, 1410:53 AM

Judith6355 - you are full of wrong information! Julia played all of the performances: twice on Friday, on Saturday, and this (Sunday) afternoon! Also, Alicia, is much shorter than Julia and has darker, curly hair! I think your confusion may come from the fact that Julia's hair is a bit lighter now and can sometimes look blond on stage.

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judith6355Jan. 20, 1412:39 PM

brookeullery, You have Alicia and Julia mixed up. Go look at the picture by her biography in the concert bulletin. I was sitting in a mezzanine box so close to the performers that I could watch McQuerry's fingering. I have met Alicia McQuerry and heard (and watched) both of them play solo parts at a concert at St. Paul's UCC. Furthermore, the woman who played the solo part in the Friday AM performance bore no resemblance to the picture of Bogorad-Kogan printed in the article. During the rest of the concert, both Julia and Alicia played in the orchestra. They looked nothing alike, Bogorad-Kogan shorter and dark-haired and McQuerry blond, with the bright red shirt she wore while performing peeking out from under her black orchestra shirt. Alicia McQuerry's playing style is much like that of Bogorad-Kogan--which is why she was chosen for the second flute position. McQuerry is an extraordinary young performer and she deserves credit for her stunning performance. I am sure that Bogorad-Kogan was also brilliant in the evening performance, but that is not the one that was reviewed.

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brookeulleryJan. 22, 1410:25 PM

Judith -- I am very familiar with Julia Bogorad-Kogan. She is my mother! The one in the red blouse was playing principal flute. She was sitting next to the oboist. That is Julia. I have confirmed with her that she played every performance of the Bach. Anyone else in the orchestra can confirm this for you as well. Alicia is certainly not blond, but as I said before, some people say that my mom's hair looks blond on stage in the light (even though it is more of a light brown now).

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