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This page offers a listing of member-submitted events happening in our community.

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Do you have an upcoming recital, concert, workshop, masterclass, or other flute event you would like listed on our website and promoted on our social media pages? Submissions are accepted from current UMFA members of all ages and levels. Entries are subject to review for relevance to the membership and must be received at least 2 weeks prior to event date. Submit your entry using the form below or email event information to marcom@umfaflutes.org.

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Upcoming events

    • 02/29/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Immanuel Lutheran Church 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
    Registration is closed

    A day-long event with performances by area flute choirs of all ages, sizes, and levels, including the Honors Flute Choir comprised of students in grade 7-12. In addition to the performances, there will be a flute choir music reading session.  

    The 2020 Flute Choir Showcase will be held on Saturday, February 29th at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

    New for 2020, admission is FREE for performers and attendees! Your generosity through a Free Will Donation is truly needed and appreciated to cover expenses and ensure the future of Flute Choir Showcases.

    Flute choirs interested in performing at the Showcase are required to have at least one active UMFA member to participate. Members are invited to submit a Flute Choir Showcase Registration Form online by 11:59 PM on Friday, January 31, 2020.

    Questions may be directed to Cindy Farrell, Flute Choir Coordinator: flutemama22@gmail.com


    • 02/29/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Immanuel Lutheran Church 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
    Register

    An opportunity for 7th through 12th grade flute students to perform in a flute choir setting which utilizes all members of the flute family. Music is divided up among all Honors Flute Choir members so that everyone has an opportunity to play different parts. Members receive their music in advance and are expected to perform after one rehearsal earlier on the day of the Concert at the Flute Choir Showcase.

    The Honors Flute Choir Rehearsal is scheduled for Noon with the Concert to be held at 3:00 PM on Showcase Saturday, February 29, 2020. Dr. Paula Gudmundson, Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Minnesota Duluth will be the 2020 Honors Flute Choir Conductor.

    Alto, Bass, and Contrabass flutes are provided at the Honors Flute Choir Rehearsal for student use. Students who would like to play these Low Flutes receive instruction about them before the start of rehearsal.

    No audition is required, but students should be at an advanced playing level. Students are required to have an active UMFA membership + pay a $15 registration fee to participate in the Honors Flute Choir.

    UMFA Teachers are invited to nominate interested students by submitting the online Honors Flute Choir Registration Form by 11:59 PM on Friday, January 31, 2020.

    Questions may be directed to Deb Metz, Honors Flute Choir Coordinator: honorsflutechoir@gmail.com


    • 03/22/2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • La Finca Coffeehouse, 3558 East Sivyer Ave, St. Francis, WI

    Did you know that March is National Caffeine Awareness Month ?? The Gutekunst Flute Choir, based in Milwaukee, WI, will be performing an eclectic program of music inspired by both traditional and 'wacky' holidays that occur during the month of March. The show, titled "It's a Date ! The Ides and Other March Calendar Quirks" will be performed on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 2 PM - join as at La Finca Coffeehouse, 3558 East Sivyer Avenue in St. Francis, Wisconsin, and improve your caffeine awareness !

    Karen Gutekunst founded a flute choir in 2002. Adding flutists over time to reach their present size of 14 members, this local group performs at public and private venues throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Originally the “Ladies of Flute”, the group adopted its current name after Ms. Gutekunst sadly passed away in 2010. Members feel her name, which means “Good Art” in German, is a fitting tribute to the talented musician and friend who brought them together. The group loves to make beautiful music in her memory.



    • 04/04/2020
    • Plymouth Congregational Church
    Registration is closed

    Application Deadline : February 1, 2020


    Flutists ages 18-30 are invited to compete in the Upper Midwest  Flute Association (UMFA) Young Artist Competition. For 2020,  the competition is open only to flutists and students from MN, IA, SD, ND, and WI. Preliminary auditions are by audio recording. Finals  will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at UMFA Flute Fest. Winners will receive cash prizes of $600, $400, and $200.

    Requirements:

    1. All who enter the competition must be current members or must join the Upper Midwest Flute Association. If you are not currently a member, please join UMFA first by becoming a member.

    2. The competition fee is $40. This fee is in addition to the membership fee.

    3. For the live final round, finalists are responsible for hiring an accompanist and paying them directly.

    4. The competition is open to flutists ages 18-30, who have not reached their 31st birthday before April 4, 2020.

    5. Finalists must be available to perform on April 4, 2020, at UMFA's Flute Fest at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN. Travel and accommodations must be paid by the participant.

    Preliminary Repertoire:

    Applicants will submit (via Dropbox upload) an unedited audio recording of two works, one from the Baroque era, and one piece from Flute Music by French Composers, ed. Louis Moyse (Schirmer), both with accompaniment where required. Individual movements from larger works will be accepted for the Baroque selection. Total playing time must be a MAXIMUM OF 15 MINUTES. Recordings will be coded and sent to a panel of judges.

    Please also include a short biography with your recording submission in your Dropbox upload.

    Finals Repertoire:

    Each finalist will perform a 25-minute program of his/her choice, live in Minnesota, on April 4, 2020, as part of Flute Fest. Finalists must submit their program to the Young Artist Coordinator by February 20, 2020. The final round is open to the public.

    Applicants will receive notification of competition results by February 15, 2020.

    For questions regarding the Young Artist Competition, please contact Barb Leibundguth at barb@toeprint.com



    • 04/04/2020
    • Plymouth Congregational Church 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Register

    The Laudie Porter Memorial Competition provides an opportunity for students in grades 7 through 12 to compete in a solo competition and receive scholarships.  Current UMFA members (may join with competition application) in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to compete.  A competitor may only place first once per grade division and may compete only in his/her grade division. The contest fee is $15 plus current UMFA membership. 

    Deadline to register: Applications and fees must be submitted by March 6th, 2020.

    Preliminaries: Applicants will upload an unedited audio recording (via Dropbox upload). Recordings will be coded and sent to a panel of judges.

    Finals: Saturday April 4th, 2020 at Flute Fest

    Eligibility:

    • Current UMFA members (may join with competition application) in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to compete. A competitor may only place first once per grade division and may compete only in his/her grade division. The contest fee is $15 plus current UMFA membership.

    Repertoire Requirements:

    TO ALL COMPETITORS

    • Pieces written with accompaniment are required to be performed with an accompanist.
    • Memorization of the repertoire is not required but encouraged.
    • Do not provide a copy of the music to the judges.
    • The result and comment sheet of the prelims will be sent no later than March 27th, 2020 by email.
    • The same pieces must be used for the Final round.  

    7th & 8th Grade Division

    Perform 1 or 2 pieces of your choice. The total performing time need to be more than 4 minutes but less than 8 minutes. Two competitors will be selected to perform in the finals round.

    9th & 10th Grade Division

    Perform 2 pieces of your choice. The pieces must be contrasting in style, from differing musical time periods, or be composed by different composers. The total performing time need to be more than 6 minutes but less than 10 minutes. Two competitors will be selected to perform in the finals round.

    11th & 12th Grade Division

    Perform 2 pieces of your choice. The pieces must be contrasting in style, from differing musical time periods, or be composed by different composers. The total performing time need to be more than 8 minutes but less than 12 minutes. Three competitors will be selected to perform in the finals round.       

    Contestant and parent/guardian agree to the following rules:

    • Must agree to the judges decision – judges are not required to award a winner if flutists do no meet UMFA standards
    • Must performed with an accompanist if the pieces written with accompaniment.
    • Must perform the repertoire on the application.
    • Must provide your own accompanist for finals.
    • Must be at the site ready to perform 15 minutes before assigned time.
    • Applications and fees must be submitted by Friday, March 6th, 2020.       

    The following will result in disqualification: Contest fees will not be returned to disqualify competitors.

    • If competitor changes repertoire after registration.
    • If competitor is not ready to perform 15 minutes before scheduled.
    • If finalist is not present for awards ceremony. The ceremony will follow the contest as soon as the judges make their decision.
    • If pieces are performed without accompaniment when the pieces required.
    • If application and fees are not submitted by Friday, March 6th, 2020.
    • If contestant performs different repertoire than on the application
    • If the application is incomplete



    • 04/04/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Plymouth Congregational Church
    Register

    Registration now open!

    Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020

    Location:
    Plymouth Congregational Church 
    1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Directions and Parking
    *Parking is free in the Plymouth Church parking lot

    Flute Fest 2020 Guest Artist Christina Jennings: Masterful Musician, Collaborator and Mentor

    UMFA’s featured Flute Fest guest artist on April 4 will be Christina Jennings. In demand as a performer and teacher, Christina is a Powell Flute Artist and will be presenting a recital with pianist Matthew McCright, a flute master class  and “The Moveable Flutist,” a fun interactive class for all ages and abilities.

    Learn more at umfaflutes.org/flutefest



    • 04/04/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Plymouth Congregational Church
    Register

    2020 Rising Stars Festival

    Registration

    Deadline: March 15, 2020

    The Rising Stars Festival provides an opportunity for students of all ages and levels to perform solos and small ensemble pieces in a friendly and non-competitive environment with a professional accompanist. Students will receive a certificate and constructive comments from a professional flutist. In order to participate in the Rising Stars Festival, students must become a member of UMFA and register for Flute Fest. 

    Registration Information:

    • Rising Stars registration with piano score, Flute Fest registration fee ($10 students 12 & under; $15 students 13 & over), and UMFA membership fee (if not currently a member) must be submitted by March 15, 2020. There is no additional fee to participate in the Rising Stars Festival.
      • You must be a current UMFA member. If you are not currently a member, please join UMFA first by becoming a member.

      • In order to participate, you must also register for Flute Fest. Please note that student members of UMFA are able to add family members as guests for free.

      • There will be two sessions, at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Rehearsals begin one hour prior and you will be assigned a 10-minute slot within that hour.

      • Your session preference is NOT guaranteed, though we will make every effort to accommodate all performers. You will be notified of your assigned session and rehearsal time by March 25th, 2020. 

      • Students should plan to attend the whole session as a supportive audience.

      • Your piece(s) should be no longer than seven minutes and may be accompanied or unaccompanied. All works must be performed with all parts present. You may bring your own pianist or use the staff pianist. No changes can be made to your program after the application deadline. If you would like to set up an extra rehearsal with the pianist (at your own expense) besides the one immediately before your performance, please contact the Rising Stars coordinator for the pianist’s contact information. UMFA will cover the pianist’s fee for the rehearsal and performance at Flute Fest.

      • Piano scores must be uploaded at the time of online registration (preferred), emailed, or postmarked to the Rising Stars Coordinator by March 15th, 2020. Scans must be in PDF format or clear, full-page JPG images of each individual page.

        Rising Stars Coordinator:
        Vanamali Medina | vanamali.medina@gmail.com
        6134 Penn Ave S
        Minneapolis, MN 55419


      • 04/25/2020
      • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      This is a free sponsored series of informal member recitals. This is modeled after Nineteenth-century Schubertiades, where Franz Schubert and his friends performed for each other in their homes. The Parlor Concert Series provides a friendly and relaxed setting for performers and audiences alike. 

      Concerts held in member's homes are the perfect venue to try out a new piece, have a dry run before a recital or jury, or simply enjoy the music and the company of fellow flutists. UMFA members of all ages and abilities are welcome to perform and friends or family are welcome to listen in the audience.

      Here is how it works

      • UMFA provides a pianist for the event with brief rehearsal time available just before the Parlor Concert at 1-2pm

      • We also welcome works that don't require a piano, either solos or small chamber ensembles. 

      • We usually finish with a flute choir reading session and enjoy light refreshments.

      April 11 is the deadline to submit music if you would like to play with the accompanist. 

      All performers must register by April 18.

      To register, email copy of piano part (optional), title, composer and name of performer(s) to Paula Gudmundson, UMFA Director of Development at paula.gudmundson@gmail.com.


    Past events

    02/16/2020 FluteSpiration Quartet Benefit Concert for Autism Society of MN
    02/16/2020 UMFA Parlor Concert in New Brighton
    02/08/2020 UMD Flute Day
    01/18/2020 Minnesota All-State Audition Boot Camp
    11/24/2019 The Musical Offering - Jazz and Romance
    11/24/2019 Cabrini Flute Choir Habitat Benefit Concert
    11/16/2019 Schmitt Music Flute Gallery’s 5 Year Anniversary Celebration
    10/28/2019 Minnesota Bach Ensemble
    10/26/2019 Minnesota Bach Ensemble
    10/26/2019 2019 Marathon Flute Concert
    09/20/2019 Paula Gundmundson, Resident Artist Recital
    03/23/2019 Julia Bogorad-Kogan Workshop
    03/23/2019 2019 Rising Stars Festival
    03/23/2019 Flute Fest 2019
    03/23/2019 Mark Sparks Masterclass
    03/23/2019 2019 Young Artist Competition
    02/23/2019 Laudie Porter Preliminaries 2019
    10/27/2018 2018 Marathon Flute Concert
    07/15/2018 Fall Scholarship Application Deadline
    06/06/2018 Dalcroze Teacher Workshop
    06/05/2018 Introduction to Suzuki: Every Child Can
    04/29/2018 Parlor Concert - April 29 (CANCELLED)
    04/07/2018 Flute Fest 2018
    04/07/2018 Rising Stars Festival
    04/07/2018 Rhonda Larson Master Class
    02/10/2018 Flute Choir Showcase
    11/16/2017 St. Thomas Chamber Winds Symposium
    11/16/2017 Give to the Max Day
    11/01/2017 UMFA Student Scholarship Deadline
    10/28/2017 2017 Marathon Flute Concert
    10/21/2017 Bemidji State Woodwind and Piano Day 2017
    09/30/2017 Deadline for Marathon Flute Concert Applications
    08/10/2017 National Flute Convention
    08/09/2017 William Bennett Pre-NFA Convention Master Class
    05/07/2017 Parlor Concert (05/2017)
    03/25/2017 Flute Fest 2017
    03/25/2017 2017 Young Artist Competition
    03/25/2017 2017 Laudie Porter Competition
    03/15/2017 UMFA Student Scholarship Deadline
    01/29/2017 Parlor Concert (1/29/17)
    11/21/2016 University of Minnesota Faculty & Guest Recital: Immanuel Davis
    11/05/2016 2016 Flute Choir Showcase/Honors Flute Choir
    10/29/2016 UMFA Marathon Flute Concert 2016
    10/27/2016 FluteSpiration Quartet
    10/23/2016 Encore Wind Ensemble - 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert
    10/20/2016 Trudi Anderson & Bethel Chamber Orchestra
    10/16/2016 Parlor Concert (10/2016)
    05/24/2016 Paul Edmund-Davies
    05/01/2016 Spring Parlor Concert
    04/17/2016 Julia Bogorad-Kogan Recital
    04/09/2016 Flute Fest 2016
    04/03/2016 FluteSpiration
    02/21/2016 Winter Parlor Concert
    02/20/2016 February Fiesta
    11/07/2015 Flute Choir Showcase
    10/11/2015 Fall Parlor Concert
    07/27/2015 Flute and Clarinet Camp
    07/18/2015 Hopewell Music presents Alexander Technique with Tully Hall
    07/13/2015 The Whole Flutists (High School)
    07/13/2015 "Complete Flutist" at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    06/22/2015 The Whole Flutists (Middle School)
    06/17/2015 Lake Sylvia Suzuki Flute Camp
    06/17/2015 Flute Workshop at University of Minnesota Duluth
    06/12/2015 Free Flute and Clarinet Master Classes
    05/30/2015 Alexander Technique with Tully Hall
    05/17/2015 "Vernal Voices" with the Esperanza Ensemble
    05/17/2015 Spring Parlor Concert
    05/10/2015 Saint Paul Civic Symphony: Annual Mothers' Day Concert
    04/25/2015 Flute Fest 2015
    04/24/2015 "Nordic Journey" featuring Schaafritz
    04/14/2015 Guest/Faculty recital: Christina Smith and Immanuel Davis
    04/11/2015 Hopewell Music Cooperative North: Founders Day
    04/10/2015 FluteSpiration Quartet on Music at Wayzata Concert Series
    03/21/2015 Scotty Horey's "Signs of New Vitality"
    03/21/2015 Laudie Porter Competition: Prelims
    03/15/2015 Winter Parlor Concert
    02/28/2015 Flute Choir Showcase
    02/26/2015 Recital: Paula Gudmundson, Flute and Tracy Lipke-Perry, Piano
    02/20/2015 Recital: Catherine Ramirez and Eva Beneke
    02/20/2015 Esperanza Ensemble: February Fancies
    02/07/2015 Flute Choir Day at the University of Minnesota Duluth
    01/31/2015 Flute Marathon Concert
    11/18/2014 Flute Masterclass: Greg Milliren
    11/15/2014 Hopewell Music Flute Concert
    11/14/2014 Lowertown Classic No. 7
    11/09/2014 Fall Parlor Concert
    11/02/2014 The Esperanza Ensemble presents: Surprises Old and New
    10/25/2014 Hopewell Music Cooperative North presents the 3rd annual "Bach and Chocolate"
    10/24/2014 Recital: Linda Chatterton, flute, and Matthew McCright, piano
    07/16/2014 2014 World Flute Society Convention
    07/10/2014 Sir James Galway in Recital
    06/26/2014 Adam Kuenzel performs with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble
    06/10/2014 Flute Spa, a week with Patricia George at Lake Sylvia Flute Camp
    05/11/2014 The Esperanza Ensemble presents Music of Today
    05/02/2014 Echoes of History: Osmo Vanska and The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra
    04/27/2014 Parlor Concert
    04/12/2014 Cavatina Duo, Classical Guitar & Flute
    04/12/2014 UMFA Flute Fest with guest artist Jim Walker
    04/10/2014 Pedagogy Chat
    04/05/2014 Hopewell Music Cooperative North: Founders' Day Funder
    03/27/2014 Composer Master Class I: Brian Ferneyhough
    03/11/2014 Wilbert Hazelzet and Immanuel Davis, Baroque Flutes in Recital
    03/08/2014 Deb Harris with the Concordia Choir and Excelsior! Trio
    02/23/2014 Central Lakes Symphony presents Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
    02/22/2014 Flute Choir Showcase Day / Honors Flute Choir
    02/02/2014 Parlor Concert
    02/01/2014 Nominations due for Honors Flute Choir
    12/21/2013 Riverside Chamber Orchestra/Young Musicians of Minnesota Orchestra Concert
    12/14/2013 Eiji Oue and the Musicians of the Minnesota present "A Tchaikovsky Spectacular!"
    11/23/2013 Sandra Statz in Concert
    11/16/2013 Patricia George "Flute Spa" and Concert featuring the Flutists of the Minnesota Orchestra
    11/16/2013 Flute Choir Day at the University of Minnesota-Duluth
    11/09/2013 2nd Flute and Clarinet Day at the University of Minnesota
    10/27/2013 Winona Symphony Orchestra with Bethany Gonella, soloist
    10/25/2013 Chamber Music Concert: Trio Matisse at Good Shepherd
    10/19/2013 Hopewell Music Cooperative North presents "Bach and Chocolate"
    09/28/2013 Dick Reed Memorial Concert
    09/18/2013 Rhonda Larson in Concert
    09/15/2013 FluteSpiration Quartet in Concert
    09/13/2013 FluteSpiration Quartet in Concert
    08/20/2013 Community forum hosted by Orchestrate Excellence
    08/01/2013 Inspiration: Notes from the Head, Music from the Heart
    07/27/2013 Riverside Chamber Orchestra/Young Musicians of Minnesota Orchestra Concert
    06/07/2013 Drelinger Headjoint Company Annual Visit
    06/02/2013 The Esperanza Ensemble presents Chamber Music of Justin E.A. Busch
    06/01/2013 Ensemble 61, with Linda Chatterton flute
    05/19/2013 Spring Parlor Concert
    05/19/2013 Ladyslipper Baroque, with Barbara Leibundguth flute
    05/11/2013 Minnesota Bach Ensemble Spring Concerts
    05/10/2013 Minnesota Bach Ensemble Spring Concerts
    04/20/2013 Flute Fest 2013: Stars & Rising Stars
    04/14/2013 FluteSpiration Quartet Recital
    04/13/2013 Hopewell Music Cooperative North: Founders' Day Funder
    04/12/2013 J. S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
    04/07/2013 Instruments for Peace - a Benefit Concert for Bright Stars of Bethlehem, featuring The Legacy Ensemble
    04/07/2013 A La Carte Soloists, with Barbara Leibundguth flute
    04/04/2013 The Schubert Club: Immanuel Davis and Tim Lovelace in Concert
    03/10/2013 Flutist Shantala Subramanyam/ Indian Music Society of MN
    03/02/2013 Flute Flash Mob!
    03/02/2013 Flute Choir Showcase Day
    02/21/2013 James DeVoll, Gustavus Friends of Music at the American Swedish Institute
    02/20/2013 St Olaf College Dept of Music presents the International Contemporary Ensemble
    02/17/2013 Bell'Alma Duo in Concert
    02/17/2013 Barbara Leibundguth Recital
    02/17/2013 Winter Parlor Concert
    02/10/2013 The Isles Ensemble in Concert
    01/24/2013 Musicians of the SPCO Concert
    12/21/2012 A Slightly Wigged-out "Last Day on Earth" Holiday Concert
    12/21/2012 Handel's "Messiah" - Musicians of The SPCO, MN Opera Soloists, MN Chorale, Hugh Wolff
    12/20/2012 Handel's "Messiah" - Musicians of The SPCO, MN Opera Soloists, MN Chorale, Hugh Wolff
    12/20/2012 (LO)MOMO perform at Cadenza Music
    12/15/2012 Ode to Joy – Special Holiday Concert!
    12/06/2012 Pedagogy Chat
    12/05/2012 Haynes Day with Alan Weiss
    12/02/2012 Pinchas Zukerman and the Musicians of the SPCO
    11/16/2012 James Hall Recital and Master Class -- UMN
    11/15/2012 James Hall Visiting Artist --UM Duluth
    11/04/2012 Fall Parlor Concert
    11/02/2012 Barthold Kuijken and Friends Concert
    11/01/2012 Barthold Kuijken Master Class
    10/19/2012 Hopewell Music Cooperative North presents "Bach and Chocolates"
    10/16/2012 CANCELLED: "La Folia" Music for flute and harpsichord
    10/13/2012 Native American Flute Workshop with Suzanne Teng
    09/30/2012 Linda Chatterton, Flute, and Matthew McCright, Piano
    09/12/2012 St. Olaf "Fundraiser Flute Concert"
    09/01/2012 Time to renew your membership!
    07/18/2012 UMFA Board Meeting (open to all members)
    05/12/2012 Bell'Alma Duo Concert (Flute and Harp)
    05/09/2012 UMFA Board Meeting (open to all members)
    04/22/2012 Spring Parlor Concert
    04/21/2012 Honors Flute Choir (Concert at 3:30 pm)
    03/24/2012 PROJECT Trio and The Orange Mighty Trio
    02/19/2012 Winter Parlor Concert
    12/04/2011 Encore Wind Ensemble "Sounds of The Season" concert
    12/04/2011 Flute and Clarinet Clinic and Concert
    11/05/2011 2011 Flute Fest
    10/23/2011 Parlor Concert
    10/07/2011 Flute Recital - Dr. Melissa Krause, St Cloud State University
    09/28/2011 Flute Recital - Catherine Ramirez, St Olaf College
    05/15/2011 Parlor Concert
    03/19/2011 Flute Choir Showcase
    01/30/2011 Parlor Concert
    10/03/2010 Parlor Concert
    03/20/2010 Flute Recital presented by the Leibundguth/Witt Duo
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