The Arizona Faculty Wind Quintet members are (from left) Brian Luce, Sara Fraker, Jerry Kirkbride, Daniel Katzen, and Will Dietz.
The Arizona Faculty Wind Quintet members are (from left) Brian Luce, Sara Fraker, Jerry Kirkbride, Daniel Katzen, and Will Dietz.

The Arizona Wind Quintet, longtime favorites of Arizona Senior Academy concert audiences, will return Tuesday (March 24) for an 11:30 a.m. concert.

This group consists of five wind professors from the University of Arizona School of Music:  Brian Luce, professor of flute; Jerry Kirkbride, professor of clarinet.; Will  Dietz, professor of bassoon; Daniel Katzen, professor of horn; and Sara Fraker, professor of oboe.

This time, the Quintet will perform music by Szeryanszky, Danzi, and Power.

Over the decades since its founding in 1975 the names of the performers have changed many times. What has not changed is the exceptional quality of their performances. As the quintet tours throughout the community as well as much of the Southwest they bring a talented group of musicians who are on an educational mission. Here is what member Katzen said recently about that mission:

“Now that the re-naming of the UA School of Music in honor of Fred Fox is complete, we are eagerly awaiting new students to join our School and add excellence to our musical environment.  Fox was a teacher of mine back in the ’70s, and is now a major benefactor to the efforts of the entire Fred Fox School of Music faculty and administration as we continue our efforts at educating the next generation of excellent musicians.”

In addition to their local performances, the members of the Arizona Wind Quintet serve as coaches and mentors for the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, a master’s level student quintet which performs annually at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Written by Beverley Robertson, Academy Village Volunteer

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