Lunenburg — Don’t miss your chance to hear beautiful music on a winter night as the Lunenburg Public Library Music Concert Series features the Quintessential Winds, a quintet of orchestral wind instruments.
The concert will take place on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 pm at the Library at 1023 Massachusetts Street.
Lydia Gravel, librarian for adult services at the Lunenburg Public Library, contacted Bob Sinclair about the possibility of hosting a concert at the library.
“After more and more acoustic guitarists were booked for the fall, we thought their sound would be a refreshing change for patrons,” Gravell says. “Bob suggested compilations of songs written by American composers such as Gershwin, Cole Porter and Sondheim. I look forward to hearing from you.”
Quint-Essential Winds debuted in 2008, bringing together five musicians with over 150 years of collaboration and performance across three continents.
Changing schedules and priorities have changed the composition of the group, but the commitment to quality performance and programming flexibility remains.
“We maintain a large library and can play everything from Bach fugues to Basin Street blues,” says Sinclair.
Quintet members are Marjorie Bollinger Hogan, flute/alto flute/piccolo. Duane Bateman, oboe; Robert Sinclair, clarinet; Bassoon Maria Isaac. And Matt Miller, Horn.
Bollinger Hogan has performed with many chamber ensembles and orchestras, including the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. She has conducted the Merrimack Valley Flute Choir since her 1997 and teaches the flute privately in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Bateman has performed extensively in the United States and Europe in concert bands, ceremonial bands, show bands, and woodwind ensembles. He has also performed many times with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra and various regional woodwind quintets.
Sinclair began playing the clarinet in the mid-1950s and majored in music at the University of Connecticut before being drafted in 1966. For the next 20 years he performed in the United States and the Pacific as a member of the United States Air Force. He plays clarinet and bass his clarinet with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a bassoonist, Isaac has performed with the Portland Symphony, Indian Hill Symphony, Nashua Symphony, NH Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been a concerto soloist with orchestras in San Francisco, Chile, and China. She is a faculty member at the Concord Community School of Music and teaches bassoon and piano in Durham, New Hampshire.
Miller’s passion for horn playing began in the late 1970s. He stepped away from his playing chemical to pursue his engineering career, but resumed in 2015. In addition to Quint-Essential Winds, he has played with his bands in numerous communities around central NH. He also stands in with the Lakes Regional Symphony Orchestra and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra when required.
The quintet has given recitals at various venues and numerous communities throughout Maine and New Hampshire, and has performed at wine tastings, weddings, dinners and Christmas parties.
Sinclair said the quintet members have developed a bond with each other through playing great music together in an intimate setting.
“They truly enjoy each other and the music they make together, and are honored to share that connection through their performances.
If you’re wondering where the name Quint-Essential came from, according to Sinclair, it was no accident.
“This means that five excellent musicians are essential to the success of a woodwind quintet.” All five of us are equally important or “vital” to the success of this group. “
Registration is recommended but not required to help set up your room. Light refreshments are provided.
For more information or to register, visit lunenburglibrary.org or call 978-582-4140. For more information on Quint-Essential Winds, visit qewinds.com.