Kalliope Reed Quintet Performs Found Objects & SNEAK PEAK of a new work by Jenni Brandon in Yarmouth MA


Found Objects by Jenni Brandon  and the Premiere Preview of: Jenni Brandon’s, Wildflower Quintet– I. Wildflowers   is performed by the Kalliope Reed Quintet at the Yarmouth New Church Preservation, PO Box 237, 266 Route 6a (Main Street), Yarmouth Port, MA  02675, on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at 4:00 PM.

Kalliope will also be performing a SNEAK PEAK at Jenni’s newest work “The Wildflower Quintet” for Reed Quintet, arranged for Kalliope Quintet.  They will give the full World Premiere during the International Clarinet Association’s Virtual Festival on July 18, 2021

There is a You Tube  online premiere on Monday, July 5th, 7:00 pm EST. The You Tube link is available here for the premiere.

This Contemporary Americana Concert from Kalliope is their opening concert of their 2021 season. It features a beautiful program of living US composers, alongside an arrangement of Gershwin’s American in Paris. This first in-person concert in 18 months for Kalliope will take place in the gorgeous Yarmouth New Church Preservation, and feature pieces that reflect the natural beauty of Cape Cod. Works include:

More details about the concert are available here at this link.

Composer notes about Found Objects: On the Beach  and the Wildflower Quintet follow:

Found Objects: On the Beach for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon tells of finding objects on the beach – from tumbled stones to sea glass; from driftwood to black feathers on the sand and the seashells that populate the beach as far as the eye can see. A six-movement work of approximately 23 minutes.

Premiered by the PEN Trio (Nora Lewis-oboe, Phillip Paglialonga-clarinet, and Eric Van der Veer Varner-bassoon), this work is published by TrevCo Music Publishing,  on the new PEN Trio Collection Series!

The Wildflower Quintet for Reed Quintet (Oboe/English horn, Clarinet, Soprano/Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon), is a re-imagining of Jenni’s work The Wildflower Trio (oboe, bassoon, piano). Reed Quintet version commissioned by Kalliope Reed Quintet. The inspiration for the piece came from a poetry book written by one of Mrs. Johnson’s friends, Bette Woolsey Castro. Her book, The Wildflower, was inspired by the opening of Lady Bird’s Wildflower Research Center in Austin, Texas, and contains a collection of poems about wildflowers and nature.

The five movements of The Wildflower Quintet for Reed Quintet (Oboe/English horn, Clarinet, Soprano/Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon) are based on the imagery from several poems by Bette Woolsey Castro, a friend of Lady Bird Johnson who founded the Wildflower Center in Texas.  This work, as The Wildflower Trio for oboe, bassoon, and piano, was commissioned by the College of Fine Arts of the University of Texas at Austin to honor the life and environmental work of Lady Bird Johnson.

In this newly re-imagined version for Reed Quintet that was commissioned, recorded, and premiered by the Kalliope Quintet, the colors of the quintet add additional voices to the many wildflowers in Texas and across the United States. These instruments help to paint a broad picture of colors, shapes, and majesty of the flowers, and continue to honor the legacy and work of Mrs. Johnson.

  1. Wildflowers
    II. Wild Rose and Butterfly
    III. The Hummingbird
    IV. Indian Paintbrush
    V. Summer Garden

Watch Jenni’s interview with Natalie Zemba, Artistic Director and Bassoonist of Kalliope Reed Quintet on Jenni’s Vlog “Work in Progress” where they talk about their collaboration on The Wildflower Quintet.