LUNENBURG — Don’t miss the opportunity to hear beautiful music on a winter’s evening as the Lunenburg Public Library’s music concert series features Quint-Essential Winds, a quintet of orchestral wind instruments.
The concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the library, located at 1023 Massachusetts Ave.
Lydia Gravell, adult services librarian at the Lunenburg Public Library, contacted Bob Sinclair to inquire about the possibility of hosting a concert at the library.
“I thought their sound would be a good change of pace for our patrons to enjoy after the slate of acoustic guitarists booked here in the fall,” Gravell said. “Bob suggested a compilation of songs written by American composers such as Gershwin, Cole Porter, Sondheim, and others. We’re looking forward to hearing how their talents sound in our community room which has amazing acoustics for concerts.”
Quint-Essential Winds debuted in 2008 bringing together five musicians with more than 150 years of collective study and performance spanning three continents.
While changes in schedules and priorities have led to variations in the makeup of the group, commitment to quality performance and programming flexibility has endured.
“We maintain an extensive library and can play everything from a Bach Fugue to Basin Street Blues,” Sinclair said.
Members of the quintet are Marjorie Bollinger-Hogan, flute/alto flute/piccolo; Duane Bateman, oboe; Robert Sinclair, clarinet; Maria Isaak, bassoon; and Matt Miller, horn.
Bollinger-Hogan has performed with many chamber ensembles and orchestras and performs with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. She has directed the Merrimack Valley Flute Choir since 1997 and teaches flute privately in Nashua, N.H.
Bateman has performed extensively in the United States and Europe with concert bands, ceremonial bands, show bands, and woodwind ensembles. He has also performed on numerous occasions with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra and a variety of regional woodwind quintets.
Sinclair started on clarinet in the mid-1950s and attended the University of Connecticut, majoring in music, until being drafted in 1966. He spent the next 20 years performing in the United States and the Pacific as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He plays clarinet and bass clarinet with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a bassoonist, Isaak has performed with the Portland Symphony, Indian Hill Symphony, Nashua Symphony, and the NH Philharmonic and has been a concerto soloist with orchestras in San Francisco, Chile, and China. She is on the faculty of the Concord Community Music School and teaches bassoon and piano in Durham, NH.
Miller’s passion for playing the horn began in the late 1970s. He took a leave from playing to pursue a career as a chemical engineer but picked it back up in 2015. In addition to Quint-Essential Winds, he plays in numerous community bands around central NH. He also substitutes, as needed, in the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra and Nashua Chamber Orchestra.
The quintet has appeared at a variety of venues and in numerous communities in Maine and New Hampshire performing recitals and at wine tastings, weddings, dinners, and Christmas parties.
Sinclair said the members of the quintet have developed a bond with each other that comes from playing great music together in an intimate setting.
“They sincerely enjoy each other and the music they make together and feel privileged to be able to share that connection through performance,” he said.
And if you are wondering where the name Quint-Essential came from, well it didn’t come about by accident according to Sinclair.
“It means that five excellent musicians are essential to the success of a woodwind quintet,” he said. “In an orchestra there are musicians designated as ‘principle’ in each section but in the quintet all five of us are equally important or ‘essential’ to the success of this group.”
Registration is encouraged to help with room setup but is not required. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, or to register, visit lunenburglibrary.org or call 978-582-4140. For more information on Quint-Essential Winds, visit qewinds.com.