Roma Duncan has been playing with LAMF since 2013 and serves as a musician representative on the board of directors. Roma, a native of Canada, began playing the flute at age 11 and joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003.
What’s your history with the two pieces in the Virtuoso Baroque program?
I’ve performed both of these pieces before, with different ensembles. The Brandenburg is one of my absolute favorites, largely due to the interplay of all the parts. The Vivaldi is a virtuosic showpiece that challenges me in different ways every time I perform it.
What are you looking forward to about playing the pieces in the program?
It’s a real privilege to perform music like this with my colleagues from the festival. It’s truly a collaborative effort to present a program like this without a conductor, and I’m always inspired by and learning new things because of what the different musicians bring to the table. Every part and every player are so different — it’s fascinating working all the pieces of the puzzle into place.
What are the differences between playing the flute versus the piccolo?
I’m fortunate to have great opportunities for both flute and piccolo performances. These instruments are so very similar, and yet have such different nuances of tone color, and are often used in very different ways by composers. There’s no short explanation for all these subtleties, but this program does demonstrate some of the typical differences I find between flute and piccolo writing. The Brandenburg features many lyrical solos for the flute, as well as interweaving the flute line with the other voices. In contrast, the Vivaldi piccolo concerto showcases the virtuosic capabilities of the instrument much more often than it explores the lyrical range. I’m delighted to have the chance to perform both of these on the same program!
What do you love about baroque music?
Baroque music has such exuberance and spontaneity. Every performance of a baroque program is so different from every other performance. There’s so much room to express individuality and respond in the moment to your colleagues, while still remaining true to the spirit and style of the era. Every concert is a different experience, and one that takes shape in the moment.
What’s your favorite part about being a part of LAMF?
I can’t pick one thing! I love playing incredible music with inspiring colleagues for a receptive and engaged audience. It’s an experience that embodies what I think classical performance should be, in so many ways.