A dynamic wind quintet known for its innovative programming and stagecraft will appear at Bates College on Friday, November 1. WindSync will perform music by Anton Reicha, Astor Piazzolla, David Maslanka and Maurice Ravel in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” the quintet has been thrilling audiences nationwide with its unique approach to classical music. Based in Houston, the group consists of Garett Hudson, flutist; Erin Tsai, oboist; Jack Marquardt, clarinetist; Tracy Jacobson, bassoonist; and Anni Hochhalter, who plays the horn.
These five virtuoso players present a creative, engaging and interactive concert experience that inspires audiences of all ages. The group’s performances expand the wind quintet repertoire to include new commissions and a wide array of original arrangements of masterworks. They also incorporate movement, masks and costuming into their stagecraft to further engage their audiences.
WindSync takes “an unconventional approach to programming,” wrote Chamber Music America Magazine. “Instead of a traditional concert program, the ensemble will offer individual movements woven with poetry and spoken introductions to create a seamless whole – making it seem much less jarring when, toward the end of the program, movement is added.”
The group frequently performs in schools under the aegis of Young Audiences of Houston, an arts program that has applauded the band for its “extraordinary ability to connect students, educators, administrators and parents in a powerful and meaningful way.”
WindSync was selected by Concert Artists Guild to receive the 2012 Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and will make their New York debut at Carnegie Hall in November.
Tickets are $12 and are available at batestickets.com. Complimentary tickets are available for a limited number of students and seniors (ages 65-plus) at windsync.eventbrite.com.
Olin Arts Center is located at 75 Russell Street in Lewiston. For more information, call 786-6163.