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Lost art of traditional chamber music found at Windfest 2005
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May 25/05| For Immediate Release
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is offering area music lovers a unique opportunity to enjoy a mix of seldom-heard chamber music and familiar favourites at Windfest 2005. The annual event features six concerts in local venues between June 4 and June 18.
Windfest promotes a style of music that is considered to be somewhat of a lost art. Chamber music, or ‘harmoniemusik’ as it is sometimes called, reached its peak in popularity between 1780 and 1800. It was performed in courts in Vienna, where wind instruments were first played in pairs and octets.
“I am delighted to find that the students consistently benefit from the experience of being introduced to the great wind literature,” says Nina Brickman, Windfest coordinator. “Best of all, they present two performances each week of the music they are studying, which creates an energy and spirit in the workshop that is very high.”
Windfest 2005’s student musicians are comprised of one octet – two oboes, two clarinets, two French horns and two bassoons – with participants from Montreal, Rochester, New York City and Waterloo. The successful applicants are paired by instrument and participate in a three-week program of intensive private lessons, group coaching and seminars. The program will focus on the great wind music of the 18th century by Mozart, Beethoven and Krommer, as well as selected wind repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries.
For many years, Camden has coached musicians in youth orchestras in the United Kingdom and Europe. He has worked with the National Youth Orchestra, and with such county youth orchestras as Wiltshire, Lancashire, North Wales (Gwynedd and Clwyd), Staffordshire and Hertfordshire. Camden has been tutor-in-residence at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Hong Kong and, in 2003, taught the bassoon and tutored wind ensembles with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra in Oman.
Weait is an internationally recognized teacher who is active in many facets of professional musical life as a bassoonist, recording artist, chamber musician, conductor, published composer and author. He is an expert in the wind music of the 18th Century and has published many books on bassoon technique.
Weait is a professor at Ohio State University, and was voted “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” in 1999. His previous appointments include principal bassoonist of the Toronto Symphony, The Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia and the United States Military Academy Band at West Point.
The students will perform at a series of concerts, listed below:
• Saturday, June 4 at 11 a.m. - The Church Theatre, St. Jacobs (free admission)
• Sunday, June 5 at 8 p.m. - The Music Room, Waterloo (call 886-1673 for information)
• Saturday, June 11 at 2 p.m. - The chapel at Luther Village on the Park, Waterloo (free admission)
• Sunday, June 12 at 8 p.m. - The Music Room (see above)
• Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. - The Music Room (see above)
• Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. - The chapel at Luther Village on the Park (free admission)
Since 1995, Windfest has been an annual event at Laurier, attracting students from all over North America.
For more information on Windfest visit http://info.wlu.ca/~wwwmusic/windfe.html. For more information on the Luther Village on the Park and St. Jacobs concerts, please contact Nina Brickman at (519) 648-3089 or at email@example.com