Moran Quintet presents ‘20th-Century Gems’ March 27

The Moran Woodwind Quintet
The Moran Woodwind Quintet

The Glenn Korff School of Music’s Moran Woodwind Quintet will perform a concert titled “Twentieth-Century Gems” on Sunday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook Music Building Rm. 119.

The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will also be live webcast. Visit the day of the performance for the link.

“After a COVID delay of almost two years, the Moran Woodwind Quintet is excited to be performing live together,” said Richard H. Larson Distinguished Professor of Music (Flute) John Bailey. “We have chosen a varied program that contains an old standard (by Ibert); a work new to us (by Ewazen); a piece by Blumer, whose music we are known for, having recorded all of his woodwind quintets on three CDs; and a short, fun ending piece (by Plog), set to poems of humorist Ogden Nash. The intimate space of Westbrook Recital Hall lets the audience really get close to the action—and interaction.”

One of the most active and visible quintets in the Midwest, the Moran Woodwind Quintet is the resident faculty woodwind quintet of the Glenn Korff School of Music. In addition to Bailey, the quintet includes Professor of Clarinet Diane Barger, Assistant Professor of Bassoon Nathan Koch, Professor of Horn and Assistant Director Alan Mattingly and Professor of Oboe William McMullen.

The program includes “Trois pièces brèves” by Jacques Ibert; “Roaring Fork” by Eric Ewazen; Schweizer Quintett by Theodor Blumer; and “Animal Ditties VI” by Anthony Plog.

The Moran Woodwind Quintet has recorded all of the wind quintets and two sextets by Blumer (1881-1964), who wrote numerous chamber works for winds in a lush, Romantic style reminiscent of Richard Strauss.

Formed in 1986 and named for the late John Moran, a former director of the UNL School of Music, the quintet has toured extensively. The Moran Quintet has recorded on Crystal Records and the Coronet label.