Premiere of The Wildflower Quinter, by Jenni Brandon, Performed by The Kalliope Reed Quintet at The IDRS Symposium

The Wildflower Quintet, by Jenni Brandon, is premiered by the Kalliope Reed Quintet at the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) 2021, 50th Anniversary Symposium on July 26, 2021 at 11:00 AM PDT. This is a virtual concert from the College of Music, University of Colorado Boulder. The hosts are Yoshi Ishikawa (bassoon), Peter Cooper (oboe). Visit   for more information!

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 Wildflower Quintet – For Reed Quintet is NOW AVAILABLE for PRE-ORDER!

This work will ship hard copies, or PDF will be provided by August 1st, 2021.

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.

I.  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