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Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 7:30pm

620 Chapel Ln, Stockton, CA 95211

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The Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet presents works by living American composers Jennifer Higdon, Katherine Ann Murdock, and David Sampson. Each work was written in the mid 90’s, roughly in the time frame that our current students were born.  Jennifer Higdon's Autumn Music  has already become a standard in the quintet repertoire and is an effective homage to  Samuel Barber's Summer Music.  Higdon writes, "Autumn comes to us in many guises: incredible explosions of color; air that suddenly snaps with crispness and clarity; a tinge of melancholy on the eve of change in all of our lives. This piece is a musical portrait of the essence and images of Autumn." 

Originally from the Bay Area of Northern California, composer Katherine Ann Murdock embraced the landscape and culture of her adopted state of Kansas. She celebrated that connection by composting Postards from the Center. Each movement takes its name and inspiration from Kansas postcards, such as  Howdy! From Kansas: Punching Cattle on a Jackrabbit and Fireworks Over Kansas/Kansas Tornado.

The program ends with Shorts Stories by David Sampson. He writes, “Each movement has an evocative title which hints at the story being told or at the storytellers themselves. Wildly divergent, Short Stories moves from mysterious to boisterous, from playful to painful, and climaxes with a vibrant, joyous dance.”  The quintet is joined by Visiting Professor Mara Plotkin on clarinet.


The Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet (PAWQ), artists-in-residence at the Conservatory of Music, carries on a long tradition of outstanding woodwind quintet performance at the Conservatory beginning in 1970.  The ensemble has performed for school groups, community concert organizations, professional musician associations, teacher conventions, and music festivals including two recent tours to Panama.  PAWQ members include Mathew Krejci, flute, Thomas Nugent, oboe, Patricia Shands, clarinet, Nicolasa Kuster, bassoon, and Jennie Blomster, horn.

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