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.
In its current incarnation, the Hampton Roads Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet 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.
Susan Levy – Flute
Melinda McKenzie – Oboe
Gene Chieffo – Clarinet
Mike Marshall – Bassoon
Paul Tiller – Horn
Verena at the Reserve – August 25, 3pm
121 Reserve Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Ivy Memorial Baptist Church – August 27, 6pm
2200 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA 23666
The Chamberlin – September 10
2 Fenwick Rd, Hampton, VA 23651
SummerWind Vineyard – September 19, 2pm
71 Eagle Nest Ln, Smithfield, VA 23430