Please join us on:
Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 7:00 PM
at Epiphany Center for the Arts (201 S Ashland Ave, Chicago)
Sapphire Wind Quintet will perform music by contemporary women composers as part of NEW MUSIC CHICAGO’s fourth edition of Impromptu Fest: “New Music // New Connections,” a showcase of contemporary and experimental music being made in Chicago today.
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Our featured programs for 2023 are:
MORE THAN MUSES: Female Composers Throughout History
This continuously evolving concert program explores music written by often overlooked and unappreciated female composers, as well as the newest generation of female composers. Please click here to learn more.
BUZZ, BANG and WHOOSH: The Science of Sound
This is a fun, interactive family program that incorporates the fundamentals of the science of sound along with an engaging musical program. Please click here to learn more.
A discount is offered when booking a family concert and an evening recital for the same day.
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Sapphire Woodwind Quintet has been entertaining audiences with eclectic programs since 2004. Sapphire has performed on concert series all over Chicagoland, including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Mostly Music Chicago, the Nineteenth Century Club, and the Noontime Concerts at the University of Chicago. Sapphire has also been broadcast live on WFMT performing at Preston Bradley Hall.
The group members are flutist Kim Fleuchaus, oboist Allison Baker Wehrle, clarinetist Anna Najoom, bassoonist Mackenzie Brauns, and hornist Lisa Taylor. They are graduates of well-known music institutions, including Northwestern University, Lawrence University, Peabody Conservatory and New England Conservatory. They are currently active freelance musicians and have played with prestigious symphony orchestras around the country, including Chicago, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Elgin, Ars Viva, Baltimore, and Annapolis.
The members of Sapphire Woodwind Quintet are dedicated music educators and teach in schools as well as maintaining private studios. The quintet was invited by jazz musician Orbert Davis to join his Discover Music: Discover Life program, which is dedicated to giving all students access to the arts and brings high-quality programs to needy schools. The quintet has enjoyed “planting the seeds” for another generation of live music enthusiasts in classrooms all over Chicago.
Sapphire Woodwind Quintet is known for its original programming that includes works by Women Composers, Klezmer music, folk songs from North and South America, and pieces showcasing ethnic instruments. Sapphire is committed to expanding the quintet repertoire by working with living composers to bring new works to the public as well as arranging works by female composers from previous eras. Their goal is to surprise audiences with fresh music and share the joy of live music with their listeners.