More than just a woodwind quintet, the Northwind Quintet is a uniquely engaging ensemble whose performance never fails to delight its audience with an artistic, enthusiastic approach to chamber music. Established in 1967, the Northwind Quintet has built a solid reputation on variety in programming and fine musicianship. The quintet has made frequent appearances throughout the Midwest, performed on radio and television, and released a CD in 1992.
For community artist series, the Northwind Quintet frequently follows a concert format consisting of a first half devoted to standard wind quintet repertoire, and a second half emphasizing lighter, more popular pieces and arrangements. Examples of these lighter pieces include Send in the Clowns by Stephen Sondheim, Saxophobia by Ruddy Wiedoeft, Polka by Shostakovitch, plus entertaining arrangements from Baroque masters such as Bach and Scarlatti. This format demonstrates the artistic diversity of the group and promises to please audiences of all ages.
In addition to their standard repertoire, these virtuoso musicians have developed an extensive collection of music for young audiences. Their ability to communicate with any audience has kept the Northwind Quintet in constant demand for university and high school concerts, woodwind workshops, master classes and seminars.