The Performing Arts Center presents the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet on March 4 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. The quintet’s appearance at UGA is part of the Franklin College Chamber Music Series. Admission is free; no tickets are required. The program includes Jacques Ibert’s Trois pièces brèves, Darius Milhaud’s Le cheminée du Roi Renée; Paul Taffanel’s Quintet in G minor; Samuel Barber’s Summer Music; and Jean Francais’s Quintet No. 2.
The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet was founded in 1988 and boasts the same membership since its inception. It is the first permanently established wind quintet in the Berlin Philharmonic’s rich tradition of chamber music.
The ensemble’s activities include regular concert appearances in Germany and numerous tours to nearly every European country as well as North and South America, Israel, Japan and Taiwan. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is a popular guest at international festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, the Quintett-Biennale Marseilles, the Rheingau Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet’s television productions and radio broadcasts are seen and heard throughout Europe and North America, and the Quintet’s recordings on the Swiss BIS label have received critical accolades worldwide.
The Washington Post wrote, “It is rare to hear man perfectly integrated with music. . . . Such communion was achieved by the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. It was a concert not to be forgotten,” and BBC Music magazine wrote, “These are performances of integrity and technical accomplishment. This is real chamber music. . . irresistible.”
The members of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet are Walter Seyfarth, clarinet; Michael Hasel, flute; Andreas Wittmann, oboe; Fergus McWilliam, horn; and Henning Trog, bassoon.