The Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, an octet of internationally-known wind players, will perform as part of Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series on Friday, Feb. 28.
The Wind Soloists will perform music by Beethoven, Mozart, Hummel and Veress beginning at 8 p.m. in Wait Chapel.
Members of the wind section in the acclaimed Chamber Orchestra of Europe formed their own ensemble in 1982 to play the rich repertoire for woodwinds. Pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns make up the group.
“Their combined sound is elegantly balanced, warm and robust,” according to the Boston Globe.
The Wind Soloists have recorded the complete Mozart wind repertoire for Teldec Classics. Tours of North America in 1989 and 1993 have taken the Wind Soloists to Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and other venues across the country. They also have performed in major festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, Japan and South America. The ensemble paid a special tribute to the late Alexander Schneider at a 1993 memorial concert with a performance of Mozart’s C Minor Serenade. Schneider had worked closely with the group since its formation.
As a prelude to Wake Forest’s Beethoven Festival scheduled March 1-2, the Wind Soloists will perform Beethoven’s Octet in E Flat Major, Opus 103.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students. To purchase tickets by credit card, call 759-5295. They are also available from the University Theatre box office in Scales Fine Arts Center (open 12-5:30 p.m.). For information, call the Secrest Series office at 759-5757.
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