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Flutist Nancy Hadden Returns to Columbus for Special Hometown Performance

color photo of flutist Nancy Hadden
Gary Cogley
International flutist Nancy Hadden returns to Columbus for a special performance Sunday, Sept. 10.

Flutist Nancy Hadden has lived in the U.K. since the late 1970s. Born in Oxford, Ohio, Hadden grew up in the Columbus area.

She comes home Sunday, Sept. 10 to present a concert in memory of her parents, Robert and Janet Smyser Fenholt, 3 p.m. at North Broadway United Methodist Church in Clintonville. The concert is free, and everyone is welcome.

Recently I spoke to Hadden from her home in London. We talked about her parents, the upcoming concert and her life in music today:

Hadden's mother was the longtime soprano soloist at North Broadway United Methodist. Hadden followed in her footsteps, establishing herself as a solo artist, teacher and chamber musician years ago.

Her many recordings include collaborations with soprano Julianne Baird and viola da gamba player Erin Headley. Both of these artists join Hadden for the Sept. 10 concert, along with Lucas Harris on archlute and guitar. The performance features music by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Giovanni Zamboni and Nicola Matteis.

Flutist Nancy Hadden presents a performance in memory of her parents at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at North Broadway United Methodist Church. Free and open to the public, the concert also features soprano Julianne Baird, viola da gamba player Erin Headley and guitar and archlute player Lucas Harris.

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.