The Antara Winds, the resident wind ensemble at Hochstein School of Music and Dance, will perform “Across the Americans” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley St., Brockport.
Founded in 1982, the Antara Winds appear regularly on “Live from Hochstein” and throughout Greater Rochester. The group, comprised of female educators and professional musicians, enjoys performing works by contemporary composers, in addition to traditional repertoire for woodwind quintet.
Ensemble members are Blaire Koerner, bassoon; Nikolette LaBonte, horn; Margaret Quackenbush, clarinet; Judith Ricker, oboe; and Diane Smith, flute.
“‘Across the Americas’ is designed to whisk the concertgoer around the globe, hearing music influenced by the composers’ homelands or, in Antonin Dvorak’s case, his temporary home,” Quackenbush said.
Dvorak spent three years in the U.S. as director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City, but it was during a vacation in rural Iowa that he wrote String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96. Also known as the American String Quartet, the piece was transcribed for various musical ensembles and is, along with the New World Symphony and several Slavonic dances, the only Dvorak music that many music-lovers learn to recognize.
“Libertango” by Argentina-born Astor Piazzolla is arranged for various instruments and combinations, including wind ensemble.
“‘Libertango’ stands for the freedom which I allow for my musicians,” Piazzolla said. “Their limits are defined solely by the extent of their own capabilities and not through any exterior pressure.”
The most recently composed piece on the program is Jeff Scott’s “Startin’ Sumthin’,” a modern take on ragtime music that is likened to the smooth jazz of Henry Mancini and his “Theme from ‘The Pink Panther.’”
John Steinmetz’s “Quintet” is designed to show off the robust playing of the ensemble, particularly the flute and horn.
Admission costs $17 for the general public; $12 for seniors, alumni, faculty and staff; and $9 for students. Tickets are available by phone, online and at Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office.
Call (585) 395-2787 or visit fineartstix.brockport.edu for information.