Published: Feb 26, 2009
The internationally-acclaimed Swiss Wind Quintet will perform a chamber
music concert on Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m. at the Reeves Theater in the
Vaughn Center on The University of Tampa campus.
The quintet will
be joined by UT faculty pianist Grigorios Zamparas and by renowned
ensemble pianist Michiko Otaki. Zamparas, who joined the faculty in
2006, is an internationally-known concert pianist who has received
critical acclaim for his versatile performing career as a recitalist,
orchestra soloist and chamber musician. Otaki is the director of
keyboard studies at Clayton State University in Georgia.
The concert is free and open to the public, and is presented by UT’s Department of Music
Swiss Wind Quintet, of Basel, Switzerland, opens its American tour with
this Tampa debut. The ensemble, founded in 1985, is considered one of
Europe's top chamber ensembles. It includes clarinetist Urs Brügger,
flutist Liam Mallett, oboist Mi-Young Park, hornist Henryk Kalinksi and
bassoonist David Schneebeli.
The quintet will perform pieces from
three centuries of chamber music, which includes Mozart’s “Quintet in
E-flat, K. 452 for Piano and Winds,” a piece by Hungarian/Romanian
composer György Ligeti and a sextet by the late-Romantic Austrian
composer Ludwig Thuille.
A review in the Star-Ledger (NJ)
newspaper stated that the quintet was “an admirably well-tempered group
with a potent sense of inner balance and the ability to move as a unit
through infinitely tricky and various musical terrain. Their attack is
bracing and precise, the sound dynamic, even brawny at times…”
The quintet’s American tour is made possible in part through the support of Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
For more information, contact the UT Department of Music at (813) 253-6212.