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Stone Fort Wind Quintet to present fall concert

October 23, 2014 - Robbie Goodrich
SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet features, from left, Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; Staci Spring, bassoon; Charles Gavin, horn: and John W. Goodall, oboe.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at Stephen F. Austin State University will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the Cole Performing Arts Series. The quintet includes SFA music faculty members Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

The recital will feature a variety of repertoire, including a classic Franz Danzi quintet, a recently rediscovered quintet by Malcolm Arnold, dance- and rhythm-inspired music by Henrique de Curitiba and Valerie Coleman, and a piece by Raymond Premru featuring trombone.

Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA, will join the group for Premru's Concertino for Solo Trombone and Woodwind Quartet.

"Original compositions for this combination of instruments are rare in the repertoire, and we are delighted to collaborate with our talented colleague to perform this intriguing work," Spring said.

The group will also perform Arnold's Wind Quintet, Op. 2, written and performed in 1942. It then disappeared for more than 60 years and was re-discovered after the clarinetist (who took it home for safekeeping) died in 1999, according to Spring.

"Arnold's other wind quintet, Three Shanties, is one of the most popular works in the quintet repertoire and was written around the same time," she said. "We feel this work deserves equal recognition, and it has been a joy to put the piece together."

The quintet will also perform Danzi'z Quintet in G minor, Op. 56, No. 2 and Coleman's "Umoja." "Umoja" is the Swahili word for "unity," and is the name for first day in the celebration of Kwanzaa.

"With the exception of the standard Danzi quintet, most of this repertoire is brand new to us, and we are very excited to present this eclectic program," Spring said. "There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy."

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.