A celebration of Mark Flugge's life and music will be held on Sunday, June 15, in Capital University's Mees Hall, located in the Conservatory of Music on Capital's Bexley campus, 1 College and Main. Mark Flugge, longtime faculty member in Capital University’s Conservatory of Music, died on Sunday, May 11.
The Mark Flugge Memorial Concert: A Celebration of His Life and Music is planned for 2 pm, with multimedia presentations beginning at 1:30, to honor the musical legacy of performance, composition, teaching and mentorship of Mark Flugge. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.
Other concerts in Mark's honor are in the works at the Columbus Museum of Art on June 8, the last scheduled Chamber Jazz Concert; Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra on Monday nights at the Clintonville Women's Club; at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music on Wednesday nights; and at various other venues. Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse in Upper Arlington will continue to remember Mark with his trio mates on Friday nights.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mark Flugge Memorial Fund, which has been established to support the release of a new CD of his compositions and performances, songbook and memorial scholarship. Donations may be made to Mark Flugge Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank or mailed to Mark Flugge Memorial Fund, c/o Dr. Lisa Jelle, Capital University Conservatory of Music, 1 College and Main, Bexley OH 43209. Mark's website, www.markflugge.com, will be updated with more information on these projects and concerts.
A beloved jazz musician, educator, composer and performer, Mark began his career at Capital in 1988 teaching jazz piano, jazz composition, jazz styles and analysis, classical jazz and contemporary keyboard, and much more. He taught jazz improvisation, history and pedagogy at other institutions, including The Ohio State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in jazz composition, and the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a master’s degree in jazz performance.
A fixture in Columbus’ jazz scene who is considered to be one of the finest contemporary musicians and accompanists in the Midwest, Mark was a prolific bandleader, creator and collaborator. Most recently, he was producer, musical director and pianist for the Chamber Jazz Series at the Columbus Museum of Art, and he appeared often at Columbus Music Hall, King Arts Complex and, with the Mark Flugge Trio, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse in Upper Arlington.
He performed frequently with Columbus Jazz Orchestra and was featured in Rhapsody in Blue with Capital/Bexley Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Westerville Orchestra.
As the artistic director of the Firehouse Jazz Society, Mark worked regularly with such greats as David “Fathead” Newman, Jimmy Heath, Marcus Belgrave, Ken Peplowski, Joe Lovano, Byron Stripling and Ira Sullivan, among many others. He also performed with The Woody Herman Orchestra, John Abercrombie, Henry Mancini and many others.
He collaborated often with his Conservatory of Music students, friends and colleagues in jazz ensembles, like Spectrum, Capital’s faculty jazz ensemble, and as director of the Capital student ensemble, the Jazz Consort. Mark was active in numerous professional collaborations with his wife, Capital University professor of flute, Dr. Lisa Jelle.