The woodwind quintet is the premier chamber ensemble of orchestral wind instruments, essentially the woodwind’s answer to the string quartet. While the string quartet instruments have quite a homogenous sound, the wind quintet’s instruments vary widely in timbre and technical dexterity, helping the ensemble produce quite a uniquely colorful sound. The woodwind quintet as a form dates to the early 19th century, when composers Anton Reicha and Franz Danzi composed the first big pieces for the medium. After a bit of a lull, it came back strong in the 20th century, and there now exists a rich treasure trove of repertoire for the group that encompasses all styles and genres, from Beethoven to the Beatles.
The Hampton Roads Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet, in its current incarnation, was formed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a viable way for us to keep a lifeline open to the public via online performances and the like. The quintet shares the orchestra’s philosophy, “Inspire. Enrich. Connect.” as it continues to reach out to the community. We hope that you will want to learn more about the Hampton Roads Philharmonic and will visit our Facebook page for more information about our exciting upcoming return to live performances in the 2021-2022 season.