The November winds may be blowing strong outside, but inside in Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room, the Madera Winds quintet will be creating beautiful music when it joins with Western Connecticut State University faculty member and pianist Laurel Larsen in a recital of two piano/wind sextets. The concert, entitled “Piano Takes Five,” opens the library’s Connecticut’s Own Concert Series on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 4-5 p.m..
To commemorate Veterans Day, one sextet is composed by WWI veteran Gordon Jacob, written as a dedication to a war veteran and famous British horn player. The program will end with the notable chamber music repertoire piece, Sextet Op. 6 by Austrian composer, Ludwig Thuille.
The Madera Winds was formed in 2012 and is a blend of Connecticut musicians who have performed over the last thirty years in other chamber music groups in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County. The members include Ralph Kirmess (oboe), a founding member of Madera Winds who plays in a variety of chamber settings including Morningside Wind Quintet and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Vermont where he has served on its board of trustees; Janet Atherton (clarinet), also a founding member of Madera Winds, and a member of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra as well as a recently retired instrumental teacher with Greenwich Public Schools; Marjorie Seymour Callaghan, WCSU professor of Horn, who freelances in many of the local New York and Connecticut orchestras, including the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and who, as clinician and lecturer, has maintained a private horn studio since 1984; Rosemary Dillinger, who played Principal Bassoon for four years with La Orquesta Sinfonia de Maracaibo, Venezuela and currently plays with the American Chamber Orchestra and the St. Thomas Orchestra; and Kerry Walker, WCSU professor of Flute, whose CD, “American Chamber Works for Flute,” was recently released on Centaur.
Larsen, a pianist and Assistant Professor of Music at WCSU, is originally from Connecticut; she spent years teaching and performing in South Carolina, and has returned to her home state to teach at WCSU and to perform.
The Connecticut’s Own Concert Series highlights musicians who live or perform in Connecticut. The concerts are free of charge. The media sponsor for the series is GOOD Morning Wilton. Registration is strongly recommended for this popular concert series. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 p.m. if space is available. For information, registration and directions, visit the Wilton Library website or call 203.762.6334.
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.