Concert Preview: Dorian Wind Quintet

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Photo: Peter Schaaf

The Dorian Wind Quintet has been together for over four decades, through various personnel changes. They’ve toured the world, including 18 trips to Europe, and played the big venues like Carnegie Hall. But despite all of the acclaim, when the Dorian visits a city for the first time, the group has to earn its stripes.

“Well, generally speaking, when the concert starts, they’re saying ‘Oh, a bunch of woodwind players. What happened to the strings?”

Clarinetist Jerry Kirkbride.

“We usually win them over, but sometimes they come in skeptical. Hopefully they leave as fans of wind quintets and wind music in general.”

Let’s admit it, the big names of classical music, like Mozart and Beethoven, wrote string quartets. The composers who wrote wind quintets came a little later -- guys like Darius Milhaud, and Antonin Reicha.

The group even plays an adaptation of the Reicha called the Draino Variation – Draino is an anagram based on the letters in the name Dorian.

You’ve got three chances to hear the group. They’re at Sac State in the Music Rectial Hall on Friday night. And on Sunday afternoon, they play in Stockton at University of the Pacific’s Morris Chapel. They’ll also play at Chico State on Tuesday evening. Jeff Hudson, KXJZ News.