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New music instructor joins wind quintet in concert

March 1, 2011

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Photo of WMU's Western Wind Quintet.KALAMAZOO--The Western Wind Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble at Western Michigan University, will present a diverse program of chamber music at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The afternoon's program includes Leos Janacek's wind sextet "Mladi." Also featured will be works of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, American composer Robert Muczinsky and contemporary composer Kenji Bunch.

Members of the Western Wind Quintet are Martha Councell-Vargas, flute; Michael Miller, oboe; Bradley Wong, clarinet; Lin Foulk, horn; and Wendy Rose, bassoon. Joining the group's March 13 performance will be new WMU School of Music instructor Stephanie Hovnanian on bass clarinet.

General admission tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. They are available at the door and through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

The Western Wind Quintet originated in 1966 as a resident faculty ensemble in the WMU School of Music. In addition to on-campus concerts, the quintet is active throughout the Midwest, presenting frequent recitals and clinics. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, where the New York Press praised their commitment to music and their innovative programming. They have also performed at the Music Educators National Conference, College Music Society Annual Conference, Midwestern Music Conference, National Flute Association Convention, International Horn Symposium, and International Double Reed Society Conference.

Members of the quintet are active as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral musicians, having held positions in chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. Individual performances have taken them around the world, with concerts in Spain, Italy, Austria, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Brazil.

The Western Wind Quintet with Stephanie Hovnanian is made possible through the cooperation and support of the Bullock Music Performance Institute in the WMU School of Music.

For more information, visit the institute online at wmich.edu/mus_bpi or call the School of Music at (269) 387-4704.

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Media contact: Matt Jensen, (269) 387-4678, matthew.d20.jensen@wmich.edu

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