It is always a pleasure to welcome the Arizona Wind Quintet to the Arizona Senior Academy. Founded in 1975, the University of Arizona School of Music faculty ensemble’s roster has changed over the years, but the quality of musicianship and dedication to serving as role models for student musicians has remained constant. Their repertoire continues to evolve as they explore the richness of music composed specifically for the unique blend of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn.
The ensemble will present an exciting program of chamber music at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Nov. 14) in an 11:30 a.m. concert. On the program will be a Woodwind Quintet by the contemporary Mexican composer Samuel Zyman, as well as the North American premiere of Hans Winterberg’s Suite for Winds and Piano, a piece composed in 1959, but kept out of public view until the recent unsealing of the composer’s archive.
The current members are Brian Luce flute (returning from sabbatical), Sara Fraker oboe, Jackie Glazier clarinet, William Dietz bassoon, and Danny Katzen horn (also returning from sabbatical). Faculty artist Rex Woods on piano will join them for the Winterberg piece.
The Arizona Wind Quintet performs frequently on campus and around Tucson, and has toured throughout the Western states. The group has integrated an educational focus in its performance schedule, inviting students from the UA Fred Fox School of Music to join them in performances of expanded wind ensemble works each spring. In addition, the faculty ensemble serves an important outreach function by performing at public school music programs and presenting master classes.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer