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Esteemed wind quintet with roots in Berlin Philharmonic performs Sunday in Potsdam as part of CPS

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POTSDAM — An ensemble many critics have said redefines the sound of the classic wind quintet performs here on Sunday as part of the Community Performance Series.

“There’s something especially exciting about bringing an ensemble that is the best of the best in their genre to Potsdam, especially when they come from one of the top orchestras in the world,” said CPS Executive Director Amy Flack.

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is a subset of the world-renowned orchestra. It will perform at 3 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

The Manchester (England) Evening News has described the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet as “arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world.”

Founded in 1988, and originally working under the musical direction of Herbert von Karajan at the Berlin Philharmonic, the ensemble was the first permanently established wind quintet in the esteemed history of the orchestra. The group has continued to perform together since, with only a single instance of a person leaving the group, in 2009.

The Potsdam performance will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Fantasie in F-Minor, KV 608,” and Kalevi Aho’s “Kvintetto.” It also will feature Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music,” Op. 31, and Carl Nielsen’s Quintet, Op. 43.

The quintet’s latest album, “Mladi,” features three composers born in what is now the Czech Republic.

The quintet plays concerts and at festivals throughout Europe, North and South America, Israel, Australia and the Far East.

Quintet members are Michael Hasel, flute; Andreas Wittmann, oboe; Walter Seyfarth, clarinet; Fergus McWilliam, horn, and Marion Reinhard, bassoon.

There will be an artist question-and-answer session featuring quinitet members from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Room C107 in Hosmer Hall on Monday. It is open to the public.

CPS is a college and community partnership that presents performing artists and arts education opportunities. It has been in residence at SUNY Potsdam since 1989.

The next CPS concert is on March 17 when the traditional Irish band Danu, hailing from County Waterford, performs.

The details
WHAT: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet performs as part of the Community Performance Series
WHEN/WHERE: 3 p.m. Sunday in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music
COST: Tickets range from $25 to $40.
For more information, contact the CPS box office at 267-2277 or visit www.cpspotsdam.org. Tickets also are on sale at Northern Music and Video, 29 Market St., Potsdam and at the CPS box office in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam.
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