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Appalachian Wind Quintet

Appalachian Wind Quintet

Hagerstown, MD: The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present the Appalachian Wind Quintet in recital on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 2:30pm Cinda and Spence Perry and an anonymous donor have sponsored the recital, which is free and open to the public. A reception, hosted by members of the Museum's volunteer organization, The Singer Society, will follow the performance.
Dedicated to presenting woodwind quintet literature from its earliest beginnings in the classical period to the present time, members, flutist Barbara Spicher, oboist Ed Stanley, clarinetist Rick Mogensen, bassoonist Scott Cassada, and French horn player Ed Schupp, have a rich knowledge of musical styles and vast experience with orchestral and chamber music repertoire.
Formed in 1987, the group is known for its superb musicianship and innovative programming and has performed a great variety of concerts in the Mid-Atlantic region. Brief oral program notes throughout the concert give an enlightening historical context to each composition.
The highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of a commissioned work by Clear Spring, Maryland composer Dr. Neal Corwell. The composition, Passages, is a single movement work based on the development of two thematic motives. The piece has a very "hip" rhythmic drive that will be a great addition to the woodwind quintet literature. Passages is the fifth commissioned work by the Quintet in an effort to encourage new literature by regional composers, and is sponsored in part by the Washington County Arts Council.
Dr. Corwell has spent nine years with the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C. as one of the organization's featured soloists and seven years as an adjunct faculty member at Frostburg State University and Shepherd University teaching low brass and electronic music.
Dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting works of art for the people of Washington County and citizens from the quad-state (MD, PA, VA, WV) region, for over seventy-eight years, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. Admission to the museum is free. It is accredited by the American Association of Museums and its collection includes over 7,000 works of art. This "crown jewel of Washington County" has an enduring commitment to arts education and to the support of regional artists. The Museum offers studio art courses, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is funded through support from museum membership and annual fund donations by the public, fundraising events, grants from the business and corporate communities, and support from Washington County, the City of Hagerstown, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. For more information on the Museum, please telephone 301-739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

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