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USC and ECU Wind Faculties Join Forces to Blow Our Socks Off

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The wind faculties of the University of South Carolina and East Carolina University join forces for Baker and Baker presents WindsX2, a program of works for double wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon) at the Columbia Museum of Art on Saturday, April 8, at 2:00 p.m.

“The idea for this performance, combining the wind faculties of both ECU and USC, came about in the best of ways: through a friendship,” says Michael Harley, USC assistant professor of bassoon. “Jennifer (USC flute professor and my wife) and I got to know ECU clarinetist Doug Monroe, a wonderful guy and player, when we were all teaching at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan a couple of summers ago. The proximity of our schools, of course, made us think about joining forces for a concert.”

The concert features USC composition professor David K. Garner’s dapplegray, a new piece for double quintet and electronic playback based on the folk lullaby “All the Pretty Horses.” Garner will be in attendance to discuss his piece. Rounding out the program are Romanian composer George Enescu’s spectacular Dixtour, Swiss Romantic composer Joachim Raff’s engaging Sinfonietta, and Argentinian tango king Astor Piazzolla’s high-energy Libertango.

“This program also represents a great opportunity for all of us to explore a repertoire that one rarely has a chance to perform because of the unusual size and composition of the ensemble – 10 players is really quite a large bunch for a non-conducted chamber ensemble,” says Harley. “We are all really looking forward to this opportunity to collaborate!”

Free with membership or admission.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org

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