The Arizona Wind Quintet, a long-time favorite of Arizona Senior Academy audiences, will return Tuesday (March 29) at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the Academy. For this concert, they will add a special guest artist – UA Professor Rex Woods.
The program will feature a Fughetta and Fugue by J.S. Bach and the Quintet for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Founded in 1975, the Arizona Wind Quintet performs regularly on campus and in the community. The group has toured throughout the western states including a recital at the meeting of the Music Educators National Conference. The quintet often enhances its performances by inviting students from the Fred Fox School of Music at UA to “sit in.”
Members of the Quintet are:
William Dietz, professor of bassoon and wind chamber music, who has served on the faculty since 1983 and performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for 16 seasons.
Sara Fraker, assistant professor of oboe who joined the faculty in 2013, is also a member of the Tucson Symphony and spends summers at the Bay View Music Festival.
Daniel Katzen, professor of horn since 2008 and formerly with the Boston Symphony.
Jerry Kirkbride, professor of clarinet since 1987, who was clarinetist of the world famous Dorian Wind Quintet from 1980 until 2011.
Brian Luce, professor of flute, who has won numerous prizes and honors. He is an internationally recognized expert on Soviet Music and has given Master Classes world-wide.
Rex Woods, pianist, has performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, France, China and Australia and is well-known both as a soloist and chamber musician.
Written by Donald J. Behnke, Academy Village Volunteer