The Arizona Wind Quintet, longtime favorites of Arizona Senior Academy concert audiences, will return Tuesday (Oct. 22) with a new member. Sara Fraker, UA professor of oboe and second oboe with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, has replaced Neil Tatman, who retired from the UA School of Music last year.
The group is made up of the wind professors at the School of Music. Rounding out the quintet are Brian Luce, professor of flute; Jerry Kirkbride, professor of clarinet; Will Dietz, professor of bassoon; and Daniel Katzen, professor of horn.
The quintet’s ASA performance begins at 11:30 a.m. It will feature a sextet by Leos Janacek entitled “Mladi” (“Youth”), which brings in a bass clarinet to fill out the sound. Katzen, speaking for the group, said the performance will also include a piece by UCLA clarinet professor John Steinmetz (based, said Katzen, “on the theme of a tuning note!”); a piece by the 20th Century Dutch composer Jan Koetsier; and a short piece by Vincent Persichetti, written prior to his turn towards atonality.
The quintet has been giving ASA performances for more than a decade. Said Katzen, “We love the opportunity to come to ASA for a variety of reasons: our fondness for the Kofflers (ASA founder and former UA president Henry Koffler and his wife, Phyllis) and our other friends there, the opportunity to play for an audience that is knowledgeable and eager, and a ‘dry run’ before our faculty recitals.”
In addition to teaching and performing on and off campus, 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.
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