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Western Wind Quintet offers free concert Tuesday

Oct. 19, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The Western Wind Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble in the Western Michigan University School of Music, performs a concert of original works for wind quintet at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The performance includes works by Curtis Curtis-Smith, a WMU professor of music, and by Nicola Resanovic, August Klughardt and Paquito D'Rivera. A highlight of the concert is Curtis-Smith's "Sardonic Sketches," commissioned by the Western Wind Quintet for its 1986 midnight Halloween Concert. An internationally recognized composer, Curtis-Smith is the recipient of more than 100 grants, awards, and commissions, and at age 38, was the youngest faculty member ever awarded WMU's Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, the university's highest academic honor.

The program also includes Resanovic's "Drones and Nanorhythms," a work influenced by music of the Balkans. Resanovic is a professor of music at the University of Akron. German Romantic composer Klughardt is represented by his beautiful quintet from 1901, one of the few late Romantic works in the wind quintet repertoire. The program concludes with the lively "Wapango," an Afro-Cuban dance by Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and saxophonist D'Rivera.

Members of the Western Wind Quintet are Christine Smith, flute; Michael Miller, oboe; Bradley Wong, clarinet; Margaret Hamilton, horn; and Wendy Rose, bassoon.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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