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EastWind Ensemble To Perform March 20


March 15, 2011

The EastWind ensemble from UNC-Greensboro will perform at Hendersonville's First Congregational Church on March 20.

A resident faculty wind quintet based at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the EastWind Ensemble has achieved an international reputation for presenting a Baroque to modern repertoire. Each of the players brings performing skills along with extensive solo and chamber music experience.

Oboist Mary Ashley Barret, for example, is an avid champion of the chamber ensemble. She has presented numerous guest recitals and master classes throughout the United States, Caribbean, Central America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. She records for Centaur Records.

Clarinetist Anthony Taylor is principal clarinet of the Winston-Salem Symphony and an active solo, chamber and jazz musician whose solo performances with jazz piano master Dick Hyman had critics raving.

Steven Stusek, saxophone, has an international reputation for virtuosic performances of standard and new works, as well as for conducting engaging master classes and clinics. He is a past winner of both the prestigious Dutch Chamber Music Competition Netherlands Stusek and the Prix d'Or at the Conservatoire de la Région de Paris.

Bass clarinetist Kelly Burke is the principal clarinetist of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and bass clarinetist of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. She is an artist/clinician for Rico International and Buffet Clarinets.

Bassoonist Michael Burns plays principal with the Asheville Symphony, North Carolina Ballet, Opera Company of North Carolina, as well as performing with the North Carolina and Greensboro Symphony Orchestras. An active composer, Burns is a Yamaha performing artist.

Hendersonville Chamber Music Concerts take place at the First Congregational Church on the corner of Fifth Avenue and White Pine in Hendersonville. Performances are on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Subscriptions for five concerts (flex) are $ 70 and are available by mailing a check or money order payable to HFCM to Hendersonville Chamber Music, P.O. Box 271 Hendersonville, NC 28793.

Both series and $17 individual tickets can be purchased at Hendersonville Visitors Center with a modest per ticket surcharge, and at the door on day of performance. Subscription holders can use their five subscription tickets for any or all performances. Students are free

Future Hendersonville Chamber Music concerts call for the NGU piano quartet, in residence at North Greenville University on April 17; the Bill Gerhardt Jazz Trio with vocalist Sharon LaMotte on May 1 and the Kontras String Quartet, winners of the Western Piedmont residency competition, on May 22.

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