Chinese Orphans Benefit Flute Concert 2019

Below is a slideshow of our thirteenth annual concert to support children in China orphaned by AIDS or other causes.

Our 13th Annual Chinese Orphan Benefit Concert was a great success.  Musicians and their music were fantastic.  It was a real treat to have the fabulous flutist, Marianne Gedigian, and her 3 former students– all professional Madison flutists–perform with the Madison Flute Choir and others.  It was a fun time for all, as you can see in the photos.  The audience was delighted with the afternoon of light classical music, as shown by their standing ovation! The Concert resulted in sponsors for 13 more children and enough donations to allow us to continue sending our current 113 Chinese orphans to school and even add a few more.

For more information, to make donations, or to sponsor a child, contact Linda Mintener, Lmintener@aol.com or 608/231-1680.

Click here to read more about the project.

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Photography by Sue Finley, Tree-Hollow Cottage Photography


 Listen to selections from the concert.  Click right arrow to play.
1. Tango Time, by Ricky Lombardo; Marianne Gedigian playing the solo part.
2. Flight of the Bumble Bee (15 second selection), by Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Trudy Kane.
3. Eleven (15 second selection), by Cecilia McDowall, performed by Iva Ugrcic (flute) and Satoko Hayami (piano).
Introduction of Eleven, by Iva Ugrcic.


Premier flute maker Wm. S. Haynes has again generously donated 2 brand new Amadeus flutes to sell for the benefit of the Chinese Orphans Project. All of the sales proceeds go toward sending our Chinese orphans to school. These beautiful flutes are what we call “step-up flutes”–great for instruments for the advancing middle school or high school student, the adult flutist, or anyone interested in having a meticulously well-made open-hole flute with a B‑footjoint. They play beautifully. Our price is the best you will find anywhere. See more details on the poster.