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Every year since 1980, the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Fund has held a competition to select an outstanding flutist studying in the Boston area. The organization is named for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s former assistant principal flute, whose tenure spanned a 40-year-period that began with a 1937 audition for Serge Koussevitzky and ended during the music directorship of Seiji Ozawa. The winner of the Pappoutsakis Prize gives a free recital. This year’s winner is Thomas J. Wible, an Artist Diploma student at Boston University.
Wible’s Sunday recital at Jordan Hall marks the beginning of a new collaboration between the fund and New England Conservatory, and it will honor another local flute legend: Fenwick Smith, also a former second flute at the BSO and NEC faculty member.