The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet appeared at Armstrong Auditorium on Monday, April 29th in the the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation’s season finale concert. Founded in 1988, during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the ensemble became the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra's rich tradition of chamber music. The program featured two works by Mozart for organ, arranged for the ensemble by flutist Michael Hasel, the Wind Quintet No. 1 by Jean Françaix, the Wind Quintet Op 10 by Pavel Hass and the Wind Quintet Op 95 by Josef Bohuslav Foerster. The program includes commentary from the ensemble's spokesperson and hornist Fergus McWilliam who shares his insights about the Berlin Philharmonic chamber music legacy, the art of wind chamber playing, the place of music in children's lives and the concert program repertoire.
The members are living musical witnesses to the hugely productive and influential musical partnerships of the Berlin Philharmonic not only with Karajan, but also with its two most recent Musical Directors: Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.
The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet from Armstrong Auditorium, Saturday evening at 8 on Classical 88.7.