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September 2017 - The Coaster, Neptune, NJ

September 2017 - The Coast Star, Wall Township, NJ

June 2017 - The Coaster, Neptune, NJ

February 2017 - The Coaster, Neptune, NJ

September 2016 - The Coaster, Neptune, NJ

August 2013 - Jambalaya Flute Orchestra, New Orleans, LA

August 2012 - Flautino Royale Flute Orchestra, Las Vegas, NV

June 2012 - From a performance of the FLUTE/GUITAR DUO in Howell, NJ
Dear Marjorie & Keith,
Thank you for the wonderful concert on Saturday. So many audience members complimented the event. They greatly enjoyed hearing classical music. The small room lends itself to an intimate experience between the audience and performers. Many people don't get the chance to be so close to the "stage". Your introductions to each piece added to the listeners' enjoyment.

August 2011 - Queen City Flute Orchestra, Charlotte, NC

August 2010 - Illuminations Flute Orchestra, Anaheim, CA

August 2009 - Times Square Flute Orchestra, New York, NY

June 8, 2009 - "Flute choir puts on winning performance for seniors"
From the Asbury Park Press - By Bobbi Seidel - Staff Writer
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April 27, 2009 - Janet Kranis, Chief Librarian
From a Festive Flute Performance of "La Flute Francaise" at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library in Shrewsbury
"Thank you so much for the performance on Saturday. The music was wonderful, and the audience was very pleased. Best of luck in your future performances; the music was lovely!"

August 2008 - High Winds Flute Orchestra Kansas, Mo

May 10, 2008 - The Festive Flutes performance at the Ocean Grove Music and Art Festival
"Thank you so much for coming to the festival on Saturday. You were wonderful and hope you will consider coming back."

February 3, 2008 - From an attendee at the Flute and Guitar Concert at Holy Innocents Church.
"I thoroughly enjoyed your performance at the Holy Innocents Church. Your music allowed me to experience the remaining of my rosary at a level that I never experienced before. Thank you."

January 13, 2008 - From a Festive Flute Performance at Colts Neck Village.
"Thank you for your performance. Our residents enjoyed your talents".

January 10, 2008 - Neptune Senior Citizens Center
"Thank you for the wonderful and very enjoyable holiday concert. You and Winnie helped make the Center's holiday season more festive with the sounds of your beautiful instruments. It was truly an honor to have you both perform for our community."

December 2007 - The Howell Times reviewing The Festive Flutes holiday concert.
 "The library was a festive and relaxing atmosphere that afternoon."

December 16, 2007 - Choral Concert at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Atlantic Highlands
"Thank you so much for your beautiful playing. We sound that much better for your participation."

October 31, 2007 - From an attendee at the flute and guitar performance in Toms River on October 28, 2007
"I attended the Sunday performance and must say I was enchanted with the choices of music and the talent as well. Thank you for a delightful afternoon."

October 14, 2007 - The hosts of 50th Wedding Anniversary Party
A very special "thank you" is in order for the wonderful job Winnie and Marjorie did on the music. The effect was perfect--just what we had in mind. It added a real touch of elegance to our party--great planning!

September 27, 2007 - The Coaster
Neptune Flutist, Spring Lake Guitarist To Perform in October Concerts
Marjorie Koharski, Neptune flutist and Keith Calmes, classical guitarist, Spring Lake, will perform two concerts in October. The first performance will be at the Spring Lake Public Library on Monday, October 15 at 7:30 pm followed by another concert at the main branch of the Ocean County Public Library in Toms River on Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 pm.
Koharski is a flutist and piccoloist with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, a former faculty member of The Monmouth Conservatory of Music, a member of the New York Flute Club and a member of The National Flute Association where she attends their annual conventions and performs in cities throughout the United States. She has performed in Master Classes with James Galway, Julius Baker and Murray Panitz. She is founder and director of The Festive Flutes, a semi-professional flute choir, who perform light classical music and show tunes. She teaches flute in her Neptune studio.
Keith Calmes earned degrees in classical guitar performance from the Julliard School, California State University and the University of Southern California. He has performed as a soloist at New York Public Library at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall. As a chamber musician, he has played with members of The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera and The Julliard Symphony under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. He has performed as guest soloist with The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Calmes directs a guitar program at Wall Township High School and also teaches privately.
The flute/classical guitar duo will perform music by Vivaldi, Cordero, Guiliani, Leisner and more. For more information call 732-922-2273.

August 22, 2007 - The Coaster – Fiesta Flute Orchestra. Albuquerque, NM
Marjorie Koharski, a Neptune flutist returned from a music education trip to Albuquerque, N.M., where she participated in the 35th annual convention of the National Flute Association. While there, she performed in the Fiesta Flute Orchestra under the direction of Gwen Powell, on the faculty at the University of Arizona. She also performed in flute choir reading sessions, attended workshops of flute pedagogy and attended concerts featuring flutists from around the world.
Mrs. Koharski is a flutist and piccoloist with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and the founder and director of The Festive Flutes, a semi-professional flute choir who perform concerts throughout New Jersey. She also performs in concert with Spring Lake guitarist, Keith Calmes, a flute/classical guitar duo. She teaches flute in her Neptune studio.

August 2007 - Fiesta Flute Orchestra Aluquerque, NM

May 2007 - “A Musical Menagerie” concert by a small ensemble of flutists playing tunes about animals. Enjoyable for the whole family. Ocean County Library, Manchester, NJ

April 2007 - West Long Branch, NJ Seniors
"Our club really appreciated your lovely presentation (flute and violin)"

February 2007 - Holy Innocents Church bulletin
A special thank you to Marjorie Koharski and Keith Calmes (guitarist) for the beautiful concert last weekend. It was such a treat to sit and listen to their uplifting music. The Lord has truly blessed them with great gifts.

August 2006 - Icons Flute Orchestra. Pittsburgh, PA

August 2005 - Sonorities Flute Orchestra. San Diego, CA

August 2004 - Opryland Flute Orchestra. Nashville, TN

August 2003 - Vegas High Rollers Flute Orchestra. Las Vegas, NV

October 2003 - The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Please accept our utmost gratitude for providing such wonderful music. Your participation was the perfect touch to the memorial art exhibit. So many of the guests attending mentioned how lovely the music was, and how talented the musicians were. Thank you for your time and musical talents to benefit those in need.

April 2002 - Monmouth County Library. Shrewsbury, NJ
Just a note to thank you and your musicians for the wonderful musical program “Suites for the Sweet.” The program was very informative as well as fun to listen to. I have received several compliments since then about the program and would you be coming again. Thank you very much and I hope to work with you again.

August 2002 - Continuum Flute Orchestra. Washington, DC

May 2001 - Asbury Park Press, Neptune, NJ
Families wanting to take some time out for a little music this afternoon should check out the Brick Library. The Festive Flutes will perform “A Celebration of Dances.”

August 2001 - Perspectives Flute Orchestra. Dallas, TX

August 2000 - Odyssey Flute Orchestra. Columbus, OH

August 1999 - The World Flute Orchestra, Atlanta, GA

August 1998 - The Great American Flute Orchestra, Phoenix, AZ

March 1997 -  The Coaster
The Festive Flutes will make a TV appearance on News 12, interviewed by David Devito, and performing some of their recent repertoire.

August 1996 - National Flute Association, New York, NY

December 1995 - Barnes and Noble Events
A delightful program of holiday selections, a perfect time to sit down for a moment and enjoy the music of the holiday season.

April 1995 - an evening of short story readings with musical accompaniment by flutist Marjorie Koharski. Belmar Public Library

February 1995 - AARP Chapter #3814
The membership was so pleased with the musical selections performed by you and your fine pianist. It is our hope that you will accept a future invitation to return.

October 1994 - The music was certainly the highlight of the event. Monmouth Symphony League Luncheon

October 1994 - Belmar Public Library
An evening of enchanting music. You made a perfect evening for us.

August 1994 - Neptune Senior Center
A musical concert for our birthday celebration. The Festive Flutes are new to our center, but are highly acclaimed. Don’t miss this concert which promises to please.

December 1993 - Senior Citizens Activity Network, Monmouth Mall Civic Auditorium
An afternoon of music that will delight you. This is a must attend performance that you will not want to miss.

October 1993 - The Townhouse, Point Pleasant, NJ
All the residents enjoyed your performance.

August 1993 - National Flute Association Convention , Boston , MA

April 1993 - The Herald
Experience the musical world of The Festive Flutes and an afternoon of pleasurable music.

August 1991 - National Flute Association Convention, Washington, DC

August 1989 - National Flute Association Convention, New Orleans, LA

August 1986 - National Flute Association Convention, New York, NY

August 1983 - National Flute Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA