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Boise Chamber Music Series Wraps Up Season April 22

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 4:02 pm / April 11, 2016

Studio portrait of the New York Woodwind Quintet, with instruments.

The New York Woodwind Quintet

The Boise Chamber Music Series presents its final concert of the season, the New York Woodwind Quintet, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Velma V. Morrison Center Recital Hall. For single $30 tickets ($25 for seniors and students) to the concert, call (208) 426-1216 or email

Now in its seventh decade, the New York Woodwind Quintet maintains an active concert presence around the world while also teaching and mentoring the next generation of woodwind performers. One of the oldest continuously active chamber ensembles in the U.S., the quintet has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions, some of which have become classics of the woodwind repertoire. Unique among all woodwind quintets touring today, the quintet comprises artists dedicated to chamber music who are individually known as soloists with far-ranging careers. Current quintet members include flutist Carol Wincenc, clarinetist Charles Neidich, oboist Stephen Taylor, bassoonist Marc Goldberg and French hornist William Purvis.

The quintet has been an ensemble-in-residence of The Juilliard School since 1989, where most members teach as well as coach and administer the woodwind chamber music seminar and program. The NYWQ offers mini-residencies based upon their teaching, seminars and wind chamber music coaching at The Juilliard School.

Members of the quintet also will coach master classes in their individual instruments on Thursday, April 21, in the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. On Friday afternoon, they will coach a quintet master class with two Boise State student wind quintets in B125 of the Morrison Center. The public is invited to audit any of these free educational events. Please call (208) 426-1216 for further information.

The April 22 program will include woodwind quintet standards and transcriptions never before heard at the music series. Opening with mid-century American composer Irving Fine’s transcendent Paritita, the quintet will then tackle Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos’ unusual Quinteto em forma de chôros, composed in 1923 for wind quintet, with English horn replacing French horn. The composer revised the work in the 1950s, allowing the French horn to scale the challenges of what was originally written for a woodwind. From colorful native birds to jungle beats, and street music such as samba and other native Brazilian popular rhythms, this work documents the composer’s influences with virtuosity and excitement. Arrangements by William Purvis complete the program with Renaissance madrigals and a Mendelssohn string quartet.

The events of the Boise Chamber Music Series are supported by the Boise Chamber Music Society and the Boise State University Department of Music.