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June 23: Appalachian Wind Quintet to perform

FREDERICK, Md.—The Appalachian Wind Quintet will kick off the 32nd Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival at Hood College June 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall.

Members of the Appalachian Wind Quintet are flutist Barbara Spicher; oboist Ed Stanley; clarinetist Rick Mogensen; bassoonist Scott Cassada; and horn player Stephen Pastena. Formed in 1987, the group is known for its musicianship and programming and has performed a great variety of concerts in the mid-Atlantic region.

Featured in the concert will be an opening dance composition, “Sarabumbals” by the Latvian composer Andrejs Jansons; the warm and lyrical “Aria” by American composer Arne Running; a movement from Wind Quintet by French composer Paul Taffanel; a theme and variations based on a Corsican theme by Henri Tomasi; and Quintet, Op. 71 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

With broad experiences as soloists, symphonic and small ensemble musicians for many years, the members of this group join to form their unique musical cohesion. They maintain their original personnel with the exception of the French horn when the original member retired in 2013.

Other concerts on the Summer Chamber Music Festival schedule are The Songs of Stephen Foster June 30, the Sidney Silverman Young Artists Concert July 14, the Phyllis and Ardine Gorden String Concert featuring the Aeolus String Quartet July 21 and the Cole Porter Songbook featuring the Kevin Lewis Jazz Quartet July 28.

The festival is free and open to the public. Brodbeck Music Hall is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible. For more information contact Wayne L. Wold at or 301-696-3782.

For general information on the Summer Chamber Music Festival, click here.