Saturday, September 7, 2019

NorthWinds Bassoon Ensemble

NorthWinds Bassoon Ensemble will play a concert at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, September 7, at 5 pm — A typhoon of bassoons!

The bassoonists of NorthWinds have found a cheerful and spirited platform for this unsung bass wind pipe. These players bring out the jaunty, the moody, the serene, and the serious natures of the instrument in an accessible manner. The enthusiasm is infectious as the group performs and chats with the audience. What’s a double reed?  Wait, it’s eight feet long? Contra?

The group has PhDs, post graduate degrees, and years of study with prestigious musicians; one of them has even left behind a distinguished career as an oboist and has come to see the light as a bassoonist.  Between the group they have toured Europe, performed solos with major orchestras, been part of Grammy nominated ensembles, and of course, trekked through the work-a-day world of the freelance musician. What’s really needed is a bit more fun now; and here it is.

NorthWinds Ensemble is especially well suited to intimate settings such as the library in which the audience and performers have a moment to exchange thoughts as well as to listen to this lesser known beauty of the orchestra winds.  The ensemble includes bassoonists: John Douglas Ferrigno, Karen Kelland, Cornelia McGiver, Nora Post.

This concert is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.