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Cloquet Band to host community concert by Wingra Woodwind Quintet

Members of the Wingra Woodwind Quintet include (from left) Marc Vallon, bassoon; Stephanie Jutt, flute; Linda Kimball, horn; Marc Fink, oboe; Linda Bartley, clarinet. Contributed Photo

The Cloquet High School band program will sponsor the Wingra Woodwind Quintet in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the CHS Auditorium.

Prior to the concert, the Wingra Quintet members will hold workshops and clinic sessions for Cloquet band students in grades 7-12 during the day.

Since its formation in 1965, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet has established a tradition of artistic and teaching excellence. The ensemble has been featured in performance at national conferences of National Association for Music Education (Miami, Fla.), Music Teachers National Association (Kansas City, Kan.) and the International Double Reed Society (Minneapolis, Minn.).

In addition to its statewide touring, the quintet has been invited to perform at such college campuses as the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Cornell University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Nebraska, Western Michigan University and Florida State University.

New York Times critic Peter Davis, in reviewing the ensemble's Carnegie Hall appearance, stated, "The performances were consistently sophisticated, sensitive, and thoroughly vital."

The Wingra Woodwind Quintet has recorded for Golden Crest, Spectrum and the School of Music recording series, and is featured on an educational video entitled Developing Woodwind Ensembles.

Suggested donation at the door is $4 for adults and $1 for students and senior citizens.