Photo Credit: Jeffrey Hornstein
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute | Randall Ellis, oboe | Alan R. Kay, clarinet
“The superb Windscape quintet…they speak as well as they play, and their remarks added to the charm of a very enjoyable program.” --The Washington Post
Created in 1994 by five eminent woodwind soloists, WINDSCAPE has won a unique place for itself as a vibrant, ever-evolving group of musical individualists, an "unquintet" which has delighted audiences throughout the US, Canada, and Asia. WINDSCAPE's innovative programs and presentations are designed to take listeners on a musical and historical world tour; music and engaging commentary evoke vivid cultural landscapes of distant times and places. As Ensemble-in-Residence at the Manhattan School of Music, Windscape brings extensive teaching experience to motivational residencies. Their most recent CD features the works of Dvorak. Their performance of Bach’s Art of the Fugue with the Orion String Quartet*, premiered for NY’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, was recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and is available on iTunes.
“For many, the names of the players who make up the woodwind quintet Windscape will have a certain aura – that of the fabulously skilled, much sought-after, and usually footloose New York musician who can tackle anything – repeat, anything.” – The Boston Globe
SAMPLE PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
The Fabulous Fifties
Music of Barber, Fine, Carter along with hot and cool jazz of the period.
A Floating World - Japan and the Impressionists
Music of Debussy, Ravel, Takemitsu among others. This program can be complemented by slides of French and Japanese visual art to enhance the experience of music from two cultures.
Genius Meets Genius
Music of Mozart, JS and JC Bach with a guest pianist.
The Roaring 20s Revisited
Includes music of Armstrong, Hindemith and Gershwin, capturing the Jazz Age at the beginning of “the American Century.”
Paprikash: Flavors of Middle Europe
Music of Dvorak, Ligeti, Farkas and Reicha.
Bach: Art of the Fugue with the Orion String Quartet* (evening length program)
*in cooperation with Kirshbaum Demler & Associates