Calefax Reed Quintet
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
$22 general public; $19 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
“Calefax—five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.”
—The Times (London)
Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm.
Based in Amsterdam, the Calefax Reed Quintet breathes new life into classical chamber music, arranging, recomposing, and interpreting music from eight centuries to suit their unique constellation. From early music to classical and jazz to world music, it all sounds fresh and new. Established in 1985, the quintet performs standing up, and always introduces itself and the program to the audience. Almost 200 original works have been written especially for the Calefax Reed Quintet. At Wesleyan, the group will perform their arrangements of works by Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers.
The ensemble—Oliver Boekhoorn (oboe), Ivar Berix (clarinet), Raaf Hekkema (saxophone), Jelte Althuis (bass clarinet), and Alban Wesly (bassoon)—has won a number of prestigious prizes and can be heard frequently throughout Europe and further afield in Russia, China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Africa, and the United States.