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Colby-Sawyer College Hosts Calico Winds, a Quintet that Offers a Twist on Traditional Chamber Music

NEW LONDON, N.H.– Calico Winds, a musical quintet that artfully reinvents conventional wind chamber music, will perform a concert at Colby-Sawyer College. The group performs many musical styles, incorporating a creative approach to standard literature with an exploration of trendy and nontraditional works. The ensemble offers a blend of top-notch musicians playing great music and an appealing atmosphere to its audiences.

This engaging performance will take place Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 7 p.m. in Wheeler Hall in the Ware Campus Center. The event is sponsored by the Cultural Events Committee and funded in part by the Helen L. Eberle Endowment in Music Performance. Admission is free and open to the public.

The name Calico Winds reflects the many colors and textures offered by the sounds of the quintet. The ensemble consists of flute player Eileen Holt Helwig, oboe player David Kossoff, clarinet player Kathryn Nevin, bassoon player Theresea Treuenfels, and horn player Rachel Berry. Together they build a natural and easy-going rapport with the audience by speaking about the music in between pieces.

Richard Snyder, from The Times Herald, commented that, “The artists played in perfect balance with each other, each contributing lovely tone quality and flawless intonation. An unusually fine and beautiful program ... played with rock-solid competence and interpretive flair. It was a fantastic evening of music.”

Andrew Farach-Colton of Gramophone describes the quintet's repertoire as “a mingling of European classical music with American roots music” and finds the results “rather delicious.” He adds, “Calico Winds bring refreshing lightness to music that is too often bellowed. The quintet's suave phrasing, lively articulation and rhythmic buoyancy are a delight throughout.”

This polished ensemble, with its astonishing blend of talent and capacity for creating an uplifting musical experience, promises to deepen its audiences' appreciation and enthusiasm for wind chamber music.

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-Michelle L. Buser '09

Michelle L. Buser is a Communications Studies major and an intern in College Communications at Colby-Sawyer College.

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