Family Piano Co. hosts wind quintet
NEWS-SUN STAFF REPORT October 17, 2012 5:34PM
The City of Tomorrow Quintet will perform Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Family Piano Co. in Waukegan.
Updated: December 17, 2012 1:58AM
WAUKEGAN — The City of Tomorrow Quintet will perform Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Family Piano Co., 114 S. Genesee St.
The only wind quintet to win a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 10 years, The City of Tomorrow advocates for the quality and expansion of wind quintet repertoire and performance. In their 2011-12 season, the quintet performed across the Midwest, including an appearance on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, recitals at Andrews University, Valparaiso University and Wabash College, and educational outreach concerts in Chicago and Notre Dame.
The City of Tomorrow has served as an advisory ensemble to orchestration and composition students at Northwestern University, Evanston.
Dedicated to highlighting new and forgotten masterworks, The City of Tomorrow gave the North American premiere of Franco Donatoni’s piece “Blow” in 2010, almost 30 years after it was written. The group continues to be the only ensemble in the Western Hemisphere to perform this piece. Members of the group have performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Musicians, the YOA Orchestra of the Americas and Ensemble Dal Niente.
The members of The City of Tomorrow have also won numerous awards including, the 2012 Kranichsteiner Stipendienpreise at the Darmstadt Summer Music Courses; the 2011 Asian Double Reed Association Competition; and the 2012 Harold Wright Clarinet Award at the Boston Woodwind Society.
The City of Tomorrow’s name comes from a poem by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, which evokes the idea of an optimistic vision of the far future. In much the same way, this quintet believes that wind chamber music can be the expressive ideal of the future.
For more information, call (847) 775-1988 or visit waukeganchambermusic.org.