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Quintet blows into town

Solaris Wind Quintet to play classical music concert April 6 in Sandusky
Tom Jackson
Mar 30, 2014
Classical music recording artists Solaris Wind Quintet will play a benefit concert April 6 in Sandusky.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit two local youth groups, the Boys & Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Want to go?
•WHAT: Solaris Wind Quintet classical music concert
•WHEN: 4 p.m. April 6
•WHERE: Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave.
•COST: Free. Donations will be accepted to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Erie County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie-Seneca Counties

That’s not the only way Solaris is reaching out to help young people, said Paul Dahnke, talent coordinator for the Sandusky Concert Association, which is bringing the Akron-based group to Sandusky.

Solaris members will play for area music students at Huron High School on the morning after the Sandusky concert.

George Pope, a flute player and one of the longest-serving members of the group, said Solaris will present a varied concert of music at its Sandusky show.

There will be music dating from the Renaissance by Jan Pieters Sweelinck, a piece from Beethoven contemporary Anton Reicha, and modern music from Gunther Schuller, Alec Wilder and Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda.

Solaris has championed the music of Wilder (1907-1980), who wrote pop standards such as “I’ll Be Around” and worked with singers such as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett.

“Our horn player actually worked with Alec Wilder in the first part of his career,” said Pope, referring to Bill Hoyt, who has recorded jazz records as well as classical records.

A Solaris recording of Wilder’s quintets will be issued later this year by Crystal Records, Pope said.

The group began as a wind quintet based at the University of Akron. University administrators wanted it to be named somethinglike “The University of Akron Wind Quintet,” but Pope wanted a name that was a little more interesting.

“I was thinking a little science fiction, space oriented” he said.



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