Sonos Montecito, a new wind quintet in residence at Westmont, performs a free, public concert Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The quintet, comprised of Westmont’s applied music faculty, will play works by Carl Nielsen, Jacques Ibert and Eric Ewazen.
Sonos Montecito features Andrea DiMaggio, flute, Trey Farrell, oboe, Joanne Kim, clarinet, Steve Gross, horn, and Paul Mori, bassoon.
Sonos Montecito will also perform at the Santa Barbara Music Club’s free concert Saturday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Library. The abbreviated program will include Ewazen’s “Roaring Fork Quintet” and a tango by Silvia Coricelli.
“Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Quintet for Winds is considered as among the best in the entire wind quintet repertoire,” Mori says. “Its greatness was recognized from its premiere performance in 1922 and continues to be popular and one of the most performed of Nielsen’s compositions.”
Ibert’s “Three Short Pieces (1930)” are exactly that — three contrasting wind quintet movements that showcase the diverse sounds of each of the instruments. “Along with his orchestral pieces, these gems for quintet are his best-loved compositions,” Mori says.
Completed in the winter of 1993-94, Ewazen’s “Roaring Fork Quintet” for wind instruments is quickly becoming a classic for wind quintet. “Its three movements portray the beauty and grandeur of three spots in Colorado’s Roaring Fork River Valley, Maroon Creek, Snowmass Lake and Buckskin Pass,” Mori says.