East Winds upcoming concert, February 23

(from Zoellner Marketing Press Release. All images by Christopher Eshleman )

EWQ group2013-0363The Lehigh University Music Department presents the East Winds Quintet: Music through the Seasons on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3 pm in Baker Hall. Tickets are $12. WDIY is the Music Department Season Sponsor.

The ensemble plays quintets from the various seasons including; Jennifer Higdon’s Autumn Music; Katherine Hoover’sWinter Spirits for Solo Flute; Piotr Szewczyk’s  Three Summer Sketches for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon; Alvin Etler’sQuintet No. 1 and Samuel Barber’s Summer Music.

The East Winds Quintet celebrates its fourteenth season of performing chamber music for winds. Drawing from the vast wealth of wind music, the Quintet’s repertoire includes not only music specifically for woodwind quintet, but also compositions which utilize the various combinations of the five instruments. Past concerts have included trios, quartets and quintets, and a program of Harmoniemusik, which included some Lehigh students. The members represent the best of New York, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, with playing experiences that span every musical genre and style.

EWQ Andrus-0343Deborah Andrus, is the second clarinetist with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of SATORI and theEast Winds Quintet.  Before moving to Pennsylvania, she held the principal clarinet position with the Natchez Opera Festival Orchestra for three years.  She has performed with many ensembles in the United States, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony, the Central Ohio Symphony, the New Columbian Brass Band and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In 2010, Andrus gave concerts and master classes in mainland China with Pennsylvania-based Trio Clavino.

EWQ horn-0347Daniel Braden, French horn, has enjoyed being part of the Lehigh Valley’s musical life since 1980. He has performed as principal horn with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra and Allentown Symphony, and has taught at Lehigh University, Moravian College and Lafayette College.  He has also performed with the Goldman Memorial Band, Lancaster Symphony, New York Grand Opera, New York Philomusica and musician Ray Charles.  As a published arranger, his orchestration of the Rachmaninoff Vocalise has been recorded by Renee Fleming, and his transcription of the Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel for eleven winds has been performed by members of the Baltimore Symphony.

EWQ davidclarinet-0355David Diggs, oboist, is currently the Director of Winds at Lehigh University, a position he has held since 1998.  Prior to that, he had a successful career as a freelance woodwind specialist in New York City, where his was active performing on oboe and English horn, clarinets, flutes, saxophones and recorders.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in music theory from Oklahoma City University and his master’s degree in oboe performance from SUNY at Stony Brook. At Lehigh, Diggs teaches harmony classes and oboe, performs with the East Winds Quintet, and directs The Wind Ensemble.  Diggs has been internationally recognized for his research of the music of the English Foot Guards bands of the late eighteenth century and the band music of the American Civil War era.  He is credited with numerous premiere performances and recordings, is a member of ASCAP, and is included in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.   He was recently elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain.

EWQ Kani-0340Robin Kani, flutist, has been described by the New York Times as an artist with “professional aplomb as well as technical authority…played with complete assurance and accuracy.”  Kani made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall after winning the Artists’ International Chamber Music Award.  She has performed at Carnegie, Alice Tully, and CAMI Halls in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has been heard as recitalist and chamber musician in live broadcasts over National Public Radio. She recorded the “Sacred Flutist” available through Alfred Publishing, and regularly records for Warner Bros., Dorian, Koch and Analekta.  Currently, Kani is principal flutist of the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Allentown Symphony and has appeared in performance throughout the easternUnited States, Mexico, Germany, Spain, England, Scotland and the Czech Republic.

EWQ bassoon-0351Ping Liang, bassoon, received his Bachelor of Music from Shanghai Conservatory.  He received the Master of Music degree from the Hochschule für Musik in Wurzburg, Germany.  His teachers in the United States include Loren Glickman at the Juilliard School in New York, Ronald Tyree at Iowa University and Bernard Garfield at Temple University. In addition to being a fellow at Tanglewood, his performance posts include the Haddonfield Symphony, Pottstown Symphony and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.  He has also been a substitute bassoonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony.