Levine Presents 2020-21

Loeffler Alumni Series: Dane Frandsen, flute

Sunday, February 7, 2021

The Loeffler Alumni Series is sponsored by Robert and Jane Loeffler.

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Dane Frandsen, flute
Dasha Gabay, piano

Sonata in G minor BWV 1020 by J.S. Bach

Sonata No.1 in B-Flat Major Op.1a by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Fantasie for flute and piano by Gabriel Fauré

Syrinx by Claude Debussy

Fantaisie pour flûte et piano by Georges Hüe


About the Artists

Dane Frandsen, flute

Dane Frandsen, at age 4, began studying flute with Rebecca Carey. He has performed at many high level events, masterclasses, workshops and competitions including: performing for First Lady Michelle Obama, winning the senior division in the Levine Music’s Marlin-Engle Instrumental Solo Competition, winning 1 st place (Wind Division) at the City of Gaithersburg Young Artist Competition, and placing 2 nd (Senior Division) in Levine Music’s Cogen Concerto Competition. Dane won 2 nd place in the 2017 AAMS Piano, String, Woodwind, and Voice International Competition and the Flute Society of Washington’s Student Honors Competition. Dane was a finalist in the 2018 U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition and performed in a side-by-side with the U.S. Army Orchestra “Pershing’s Own”. In 2017 and 2019, Dane was a selected member of the Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Council Honor Band. He received Superior ratings for his flute performances at the District and State Solo Festivals, was awarded a scholarship from the National Flute Association and was selected to audition for the NPR “From the Top” radio program. From 2015-2019, Dane was the National Flute Association’s Washington, DC Youth Cultural Outreach Ambassador. From 2016-2019, Dane was chosen as a member of Levine Music’s Honors program through which he continued his flute lessons and participated in master classes and various chamber ensembles. In 2019, he was invited to participate in the 30th Anniversary Galway Flute Festival in Weggis Switzerland where he took masterclasses from Sir James Galway (flute) and Thaddeus Watson (piccolo). Dane is currently a sophomore at Shenandoah Conservatory studying in the flute studio of Jonathan Snowden.

Dasha Gabay, piano

Dasha Gabay has served on the Levine faculty since 1999. She received her B.A. from M. Mussorgsky Music College in St. Petersburg, Russia. She then went on to study directing at St. Petersburg Cultural Institute. Her education continued at the St. Petersburg Conservatory where Ms. Gabay received her M.M. in piano performance, chamber music, pedagogy and accompaniment (collaborative arts). She has performed in some of the great halls of Russia, including the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Chamber Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and St. Petersburg Capella. As an accompanist, she was awarded the “Best Accompaniment Diploma” three times (1995, 1997, and 1998).

Ms. Gabay immigrated to the U.S.in December 1998, where she has performed in notable halls including the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall and Terrace Theater, as well as The Lyceum and the Harris Theater of George Mason University.