Cumberland Quintet opens season on Sept. 29

Posted by Karen Lykins - Sunday, September 20 2009
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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2009) — Join the Cumberland Quintet for its first performance of the season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

The group will begin with a composition by Dutch composer Jurriaan Andriessen entitled "Spanish Charade." The piece is an interesting mix of very traditional dances, but with more contemporary melodies and harmonies. Also featured will be a Suite by Gunther Schuller, a set of variations by Eugène Bozza, and a quintet by Rob Hutchinson. The three movements in this work, "Beech, Walnut, Pine," depict the names of streets where the composer grew up and spent time with his childhood friends.

Established in 1972, the Cumberland Quintet has built a solid reputation for unique programming and fine musicianship. In residence at Tennessee Tech, the group has toured extensively throughout the United States and in Europe, performing to a wide variety of audiences.

Commanding a large repertoire of music from all periods, it offers the standard woodwind classics as well as exciting modern works and lighter popular music. With the 2009-2010 season, the quintet marks its 37th year as an ensemble. Current members of the Cumberland Quintet are Roger Martin, flute, William Woodworth, oboe, Anne Thurmond, clarinet, James Lotz, bassoon, and Jeremy Hansen, horn.

Special concerts and workshops for young audiences serve to introduce the instruments and to provide advice for the young musicians. The Cumberland Quintet members serve on the faculty of the Southeast Chamber Music Institute. The ensemble has performed on live radio and television broadcasts and has been part of an educational public television series that has been distributed to several southeastern states.

Quintet members have also performed as guest artists at music conventions for the College Music Society, the National Flute Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Their fourth CD, “Into the Blue,” was released in 2006 by Albany Records.

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