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Fireside at the Miles: Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet

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Program


Umoja   Valerie Coleman
Spirituals (incl. Little David Play on Your Harp!, Steal Away, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit)   Valerie Coleman
Selections from Old American Songs (incl. Ching-A Ring-Chaw, I Bought Me a Cat, and Zion's Walls)   Aaron Copeland
Wapango   Paquito D'Rivera  
Quintet 3   David Maslanka  



Artists:


Emily Senchuk-Flute 
Frank Swann-Oboe 
Lisa Kohorn-Clarinet 
Emily Reppun-Horn 
Anthony Parnther-Bassoon


The OSM Woodwind Quintet is a cornerstone in Orchestra Santa Monica’s educational and community outreach. The quintet’s mission is to provide live music programs in traditionally under-served parts of our community. 


The quintet often performs in Title I schools, whose students have little access to live concert music. By incorporating educational talks into each performance, the quintet enhances the learning experience for younger audiences and helps introduce them to new or unfamiliar genres. 


In addition to the school programs, the OSM quintet, which also performs as Vista Winds, regularly performs chamber concerts. The programming for these concerts has included iconic wind quintets from Carl Nielsen, David Maslanka and Anton Reicha.  Vista Winds is also dedicated to introducing new works by (living) Los Angeles composers. Recent premieres include "Storytelling" by film composer Austin Wintory, "Three Psyanky" by film composer Peter Senchuk and a woodwind quintet composed by Golden State Pops Orchestra conductor Steve Fox. They have performed for the GSPO Ensemble series at the Warner Grand Annex, First Presbyterian Church in San Pedro and the Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena.  The Quintet has also performed in many other festivals and venues, including the South Bay Symposium, the Santa Monica Festival, and the Miles Playhouse Theatre. 


Composer and flutist Valerie Coleman is a distinct voice in a new generation of African-American artists who combine African-American heritage and urban culture to contemporary music. She is the 2003 recipient of the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship – a nomination-based award given by Meet the Composer to emerging composers of merit.  The title of her woodwind quintet composition Umoja means unity in Swahili and is the theme of the first day of the celebration of the African American holiday Kwanzaa.  The set of three African American Spirituals is her adaption of these traditional works.  Little David Play on Your Harp! mixes a mischievous style with and old time Mississippi feel, Steal Away is a slow but joyous tribute to the late entertainer Gregory Hines and Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit is a good ol’ hand-clapping tune, upbeat but offbeat.


Aaron Copland (1900-1990) is one of the most iconic American composers and was instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition.  He is often referred to as “the Dean of American Composers”.   Old American Songs are two sets of songs arranged by Aaron Copland in 1950 and 1952 respectively. Originally scored for voice and piano, they were reworked for baritone (or mezzo-soprano) and orchestra, and now for woodwind quintet.  Even in these settings of folk songs Copland’s distinctive sound which evokes the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit can be heard.   


Paquito D'Rivera b. 1948 is a Cuban saxophonist and clarinetist. The winner of multiple Grammys and other awards, D'Rivera has lived in the United States since the early 1980s. In addition to his extraordinary performing career as an instrumentalist, Paquito D’Rivera has rapidly gained a reputation as a dynamic composer. Recognition of his significant compositional skills came in 2007 with the award of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition.   His works often reveal his widespread and eclectic musical interests, ranging from Afro-Cuban rhythms and melodies, including influences encountered in his many travels, to his classical origins. Wapango is an exciting and lively Afro-Mexican dance (huapango) with a syncopated bass line.    


David Maslanka b. 1943 is an American composer who writes for a variety of genres and is best known for his highly acclaimed wind ensemble compositions.  Maslanka’s style is rhythmically intense and extremely complex yet possesses and underlying delicate beauty.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including generous grants from the University of Connecticut Research Foundation, the American Music Center, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music and ASCAP, as well as earning the National Endowment for the Arts Composer Award three times. 


Quintet for Winds No.3 was commissioned by the Missouri Quintet with a grant from the University of Missouri Research Board. The premiere performance was given on March 14, 2000, in Columbia, Missouri.  All three movements have direct quotes or take their inspiration from chorales.  Maslanka has an intense interest in Bach Chorales and uses them often in his music.  


It's all part of Fireside at the Miles, the annual celebration of up-close performances by the warmth of the fireside, featuring local jazz, opera, dance, poetry and more every weekend beginning at 8pm. Doors open at 7:15pm so come by to warm up and get a snack! December 14th, 2012 through January 26, 2013 in Santa Monica’s landmark Miles Memorial Playhouse in Reed Park.


Tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and kids 17 or under. Free parking at the Miles parking structure across from the park (mention "Miles" for validation). For reservations and information please call 310-458-8634 or email milesplayhouse@smgov.net.


It's all part of Fireside at the Miles, the annual celebration of up-close performances by the warmth of the fireside, featuring local jazz, opera, dance, poetry and more every weekend beginning at 8pm. Doors open at 7:15pm so come by to warm up and get a snack! December 14th, 2012 through January 26, 2013 in Santa Monica’s landmark Miles Memorial Playhouse in Reed Park.


Tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and kids 17 or under. Free parking at the Miles parking structure across from the park (mention "Miles" for validation). For reservations and information please call 310-458-8634 or email milesplayhouse@smgov.net.

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