New York Woodwind Quintet in concert at TTU on March 31

Posted by Karen Lykins - Wednesday, March 23 2011
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thumb_NY_WindThe New York Woodwind Quintet is one of the country's oldest continuously active chamber music ensembles, and it will be in concert at Tennessee Tech University on Thursday, March 31.

The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building. A Center Stage event, it is free and open to the public.

The quintet, now entering its seventh decade, maintains an active concert presence worldwide, while also teaching and mentoring the next generation of woodwind performers.

It has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions, some of which have become classics of the woodwind repertoire, by such noted composers as Samuel Barber, Gunther Schuller, and Alec Wilder.

At its TTU concert, the night's program will include Anton Reicha's "Quintet in C minor, Op. 91, No. 6," Pavel Haas' "Quintet, Op. 10," Elliott Carter's "Woodwind Quintet No. 1," and Jean Francaix's "Quintette."

Unique among today's touring woodwind quintets, the New York Woodwind Quintet is made up of artists who are simultaneously dedicated to chamber music and individually known for their solo careers.

Its current members are Carol Wincenc, flutist; Charles Neidich, clarinetist; Stephen Taylor, oboist; Marc Goldberg, bassoonist; and William Purvis, French hornist.

Wincenc is a first prize-winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition.

Neidich has performed with such leading ensembles as the St. Louis and Minneapolis symphonies, and is also active as a composer and conductor, most recently with the San Diego Symphony.

Taylor holds the Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III solo oboe chair with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Goldberg has worked with a number of leading ensembles across the country, including the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, and Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

Purvis appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony when he was 18 years old, and his recording work spans an unusually broad range.

The quintet has been an Ensemble-in-Residence of The Juilliard School since 1989, where most of its members teach individually as well as coach and administer the woodwind chamber music seminar and program.

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