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Western Wind Quintet previews national tour

Dec. 4, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The Western Wind Quintet celebrates the holidays with a program featuring masterpieces for the quintet and seasonal selections Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University. Admission is $10 and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Selections include J.S. Bach's "Keyboard Concerto No. 2 After Vivaldi" arranged by Mordechai Rechtman, along with other works drawn from the quintet's upcoming national tour in January. Seasonal pieces include a work for quintet and solo voice based on traditional and non-traditional carols composed and arranged by Michael Miller, oboist in the quintet. Music faculty member Dr. Ken Prewitt will be the guest vocalist.

In addition to Miller, members of the Western Wind Quintet are Christine Smith, flute; Bradley Wong, clarinet; Wendy Rose, bassoon; and Margaret Hamilton, horn. In addition to performing on a regular basis with the quintet, they are active as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral musicians. Individual performances have taken them around the world, with concerts in Spain, Italy, Austria, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Brazil.

The Western Wind Quintet concert is presented the the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute in the WMU School of Music. General admission tickets are on sale through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or may be purchased at the door.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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