Lanterman to Host Jewel City Flute Choir

Darrin Thanves, conductor of the Jewel City Flute Choir

The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation will once again host the Jewel City Flute Choir for a spring concert in the Lanterman gardens on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. The flute choir is directed by Darrin Thaves, a local conductor and musician who has an extensive background in music.
Thaves is a flute instructor at Cal State Long Beach and plays with the Northwest Sinfonietta. He is an honors graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s in flute performance from Cal State Long Beach.
As the founder and conductor of the Pacific Flute Ensemble, he has led four recital performances at National Flute Association conventions, as well as 16 seasons of concerts in Long Beach and numerous other annual public performances. The PFE has commissioned six original works for flute choir that were premiered over the last three years. Thaves conducted the National High School Flute Choir at the 2016 NFA Convention in San Diego and began conducting the Jewel City Flute Choir in March 2017.
This year, the choir plans to perform light music, such as “West Side Story” by Bernstein, “Fireworks” by Dorff, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Dukas, and “Simple Gifts” by Rombardo.
“A lot of the pieces will be relatable music, kind of like a pop’s concert, said Thaves.”
Admission to the concert is free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. The Lanterman House is located at 4420 Encinas Drive. For more information, visit

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