The Arizona Wind Quintet will return for a midday concert at the Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 18).
The quintet, all faculty members at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, will present a varied concert including Aires Tropicales by Paquito d’Rivera — a sensuous piece filled with the colors and rhythms of Latin and Afro-Cuban music; Partita for Wind Quintet by Irving Fine — an American classic of the quintet repertoire; Wind Quintet by Grazyna Bacewicz — a Polish composer who is one of the first women from that country to attain international stature; and Wind Quintet by Hans Winterberg — whose music has just been released from a sealed archive in Germany.
The group will give the American premiere of the Winterberg piece on Oct. 14 at this year’s Music + Festival entitled “Forbidden Composers: Schoenberg, Weill, Winterberg,” featuring three artists whose works were banned by the Nazi regime.
Two of the five players are new to the quintet this year. While Brian Luce, professor of flute, Sara Fraker, professor of oboe, and Will Dietz, professor of bassoon, remain in their positions, Jackie Glazier, professor of clarinet, will be making her debut as a permanent replacement for Jerry Kirkbride, who has retired from the faculty. Hornist Greg Helseth, a top freelancer in Arizona and Nebraska,is acting as Daniel Katzen’s sabbatical replacement for the 2016-17 academic year.
Founded in 1975, the Arizona Wind Quintet performs frequently on campus and in the community and has toured throughout the western states.
The members of the Arizona Wind Quintet serve as coaches and mentors for the Arizona Graduate Winds, a master’s level student quintet. As a professional wind quintet in training, the Arizona Graduate Winds receive extensive training in quintet performance and repertoire.
Written by Mike Maharry. Academy Village Volunteer