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Five Frogs for Woodwind Quintet by Jenni Brandon Is Performed by The Quintet of the Americas at Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing, Queens New York and at Gallery 9B9, 9 Avenue B in Manhattan, NYC.

May 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$2 – $6

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The Quintet of the Americas perform Five Frogs for Woodwind Quintet by Jenni Brandon. The concert is on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at 3:00 PM at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens, New York, (718) 886-3800. On Tuesday, May 14, 2024 AT 7:30 PM, the Quintet of the Americas Presents Celebrating Women Composers Concert at Gallery 9B9, 9 Avenue B in Manhattan, NYC.

Quintet of the Americas has specialized in bringing music from the Western hemisphere to audiences in the United States since its arrival, from Bogota Colombia, in New York in 1979. The group has enjoyed an international career that has taken them to concert halls throughout the Americas and Eastern Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and the Library of Congress. Visit their website at http://www.quintet.org  and become their friend at http://www.facebook.com/groups/325982319921/. Quintet photos are available at http://quintet.org/press.html.

This performance is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Doctorow Family Foundation.

The program is:

Peri Mauer’s               Caprice

Julia Wolfe’s                On Seven-Star-Shoes

Gabriela Ortiz’            Puzzle-Tocas

Jenni Brandon’s        Five Frogs for Woodwind Quintet

Shanyse Strickland’s   Ala Arusha – Mother Earth

Performers are Kim Bonacorsa, flute; guest artist Rita Mitsel, oboe; David Valbuena, clarinet; Barbara Oldham, horn; and Alexander Davis, bassoon.

All of Jenni’s compositions are available for purchase on her website Home – Jenni Brandon https://www.jennibrandon.com

Composer notes:

Five Frogs for Woodwind Quintet allows each of the instruments to tell the story of a frog, from leaping to lazing on a lily pad. Five Frogs is inspired by One Hundred Frogs by Hiroaki Sato, a little book that takes a look at one hundred different haikus, sonnets, prose poems, and even limericks based on Bashô’s haiku, “Old Pond/Frog jumps in/The sound of water”. Each of the instruments in the ensemble is so different and so exceptional in their sound and abilities that I realized each one could be one of the frogs from the book. The clarinet is perfect for “Leaping” because of its agility and grace, the way a frog can be still one minute and gone the next. “Catching Bugs” gave me the opportunity to use the piccolo and allow the ensemble to run ‘amuck’ after their bug dinner. Finally, in “Epilogue” all the frogs sing together, each one bringing their own musical motive into this final movement.

This work is recorded on two CDs:

Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano

American Breeze – Musical Arts Quintet of Ball State University