Internationally Esteemed Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Performs for CPS Feb. 23


The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet will perform at the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.

To continue the 2013-14 Guest Artist Series, the Community Performance Series is pleased to welcome the masterful Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, a subset of the world-renowned orchestra of the same name. The afternoon performance will take place Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m., in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.

Founded in 1988, and originally working under the musical direction of Herbert von Karajan, the ensemble was the first permanently established wind quintet in the esteemed history of the Berlin Philharmonic. The group has continued to perform together ever since, with only a single succession in 2009. Throughout the years, they have collaborated with every major conductor of the time.

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet includes Michael Hasel (flute), Andreas Wittman (oboe), Walter Seyfarth (clarinet), Fergus McWilliam (horn) and Marion Reinhard (bassoon). Currently, they work under the direction of Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.

"There's something especially exciting about bringing an ensemble that is the best of the best in their genre to Potsdam, especially when they come from one of the top orchestras in the world! The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet's program will feature classic wind quintet literature, and accessible new music that's sure to dazzle any music lover," said CPS Executive Director Amy Flack.

The quintet's pure-toned, smoothly blended and sterling performance will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Fantasie in F-Minor, KV 608," as well as Kalevi Aho's "Kvintetto." The concert will also feature Samuel Barber's "Summer Music, Op. 3" and Carl Nielsen's "Quintet, Op. 43."

Witness what the Manchester Evening News describes as "arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world," with "impeccable precision … extraordinary unity," and "uncanny one-ness."

CPS Guest Artist Series event tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the CPS Box Office, currently located in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, or at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (315) 267-2277, or by visiting

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution. To learn more, visit