...In a Land Far Away

Fine - Partita for Wind Quintet
Haas - Wind Quintet, Op. 10
Milhaud - La Cheminée du roi René
Carter - Woodwind Quintet
Schuller - Suite for Winds

This program delivers a vast range of musical landscapes and scenarios, from the earthy drama of Czech composer Pavel Haas to Darius Milhaud's quintessentially French rendering of armored knights and stone castles. The ebulliently complex work of Elliott Carter, the inviting storybook sonorities of Irving Fine, and Gunther Schuller's vignettes of American life in the Jazz Age complete this voyage of bygone eras and times yet to come.

The Beginning

Mortensen - Quintet for Winds
Hindemith - Kleine Kammermusik
Danzi - Wind Quintet in G Minor
Nielsen - Wind Quintet

One of our first programs, we take on both the driving inventiveness of Hindemith and the shimmering charm of Danzi. Nielsen's richness of scoring takes the listener from the simplest of melodies to the most dramatic outbursts, while echoes of this masterwork can be heard in the Quintet by fellow Danish composer, Otto Mortensen.

Latin America!!

Aguila - Wind Quintet No. 2
Villa Lobos - Quinteto em forma de choros
D'Rivera - Aires Tropicales
Piazolla, arr. Scott - Libertango

The infectious rhythms and irresistible energy in this program are sure to get you moving and grooving!

Quintet Classics

Ravel arr. Jones - Tombeau de Couperin
Barber - Summer Music
Ligeti - Six Bagatelles
Rameau arr. Nakagawa - Gavotte and Six Doubles
Hindemith - Kleine Kammermusik

Featuring some of the most finely crafted and beloved woodwind quintet repertoire, this performance opens with evocative virtuosity found in both Ravel's homage to Baroque masters and Barber's poetic depiction of a summer's day. Centrally located in the middle of the program is the dense succinctness of Ligeti's bagatelles. The final two works, separated by two centuries, delight equally in their imaginative use of counterpoint and vibrant energy.

The Modern Romantic

Danzi - Wind Quintet in G Minor
Klughardt - Quintet, Op. 79
Schuller - Suite for Winds
D'Rivera - Aires Tropicales
Ewazen - Roaring Fork Quintet for Wind Instruments

We explore the Romantic roots of the woodwind quintet, beginning in 1821 with the sprightly playfulness of Danzi and continuing through the lusher, more expansive work of Klughardt by the century's end. The program then delves into the return to an emotionally immediate language through the second half of the twentieth century.