The Borealis Wind Quintet has been performing for a wide range of audiences for over 40 years, drawing from a music library of hundreds of pieces. Throughout our history we have taken great pride in curating relevant and varied programming.

This year, in addition to our popular eclectic programs, we’re celebrating our country’s rich musical heritage with engaging programs bearing witness to the diversity of our American musical culture. These Americana selections offer the perfect opportunity for us to take our audience on a joyful and spirited journey.

Below are samples of this season’s special, new offerings.

Bach to Bernstein

Borealis American Soundscape

J.S.Bach/arr. Rechtman | Concerto after Vivaldi

Adolphe Deslandres | Trois Pieces

Eugene Bozza | Variations

Jay Ungar/arr. Wagner | Ashokan Farewell

Paul Moravec | Indialantic Impromptu

Leonard Bernstein/arr. Price | West Side Story Suite

Spanish Diaspora
Spanish Diaspora

Heitor Villa Lobos | Quintette en forme deChoros
Gary Shocker | Chorinho
Oscar Navarro | Juego de Ladrones
Miguel Del Aguila | Wind Quintet #2
Paquito De Rivera | Aires Tropcales
Astor Piazzolla | Libertango

American Soundscape
American Soundscape

Aaron Copland | New England Countryside
Paul Moravec | Indialantic Impromptu
Sima Wolf | The Chambers of Hemera
Percy Grainger/arr. Wharton | Lincolnshire Posy
Antonin Dvorak/arr. Winstead | American Quintet (arranged for wind quintet)
Elliot Carter | Quintet (1948)
Eric Ewazen | Roaring Fork Quintet
John Steinmetz | Quintet
George Gershwin/Anastosov | Selections from Porgy and Bess
Jay Ungar/Wagner | Ashokan Farewell
Samuel Barber | Summer Music
Leonard Bernstein/Price | West Side Story Suite

6 Degrees of Separation
6 Degrees of Separation

Paul Taffanel | Quintette a Vent
Claude Debussy arr. Davies | Petite Suite
Lina Mathon Blanchet | Haitian Folk Tale
Valerie Coleman | Tzigane
Maurice Ravel/Jones | Tombeau de Couperin (Mason Jones)
Oscar Navarro | Juego de Ladrones

Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe

Ferenc Farkas | Six Hungarian Dances
Gyorgy Ligeti | Six Bagatelles
Endre Szervanski | Quintet
Leos Janacek | Moravian Dances
Karl Pilss | Serenade

BWQ and Friends (with piano)
BWQ and Friends (with piano)

W.A. Mozart | Quintet k452
Ludwig v. Beethoven | Quintet op 16
Ludwig Thuille | Sextet
Vincent D’Indy | Sarabande and Minuet
Albert Roussel | Divertissement
Theodor Blumer | Sextet
Francis Poulenc | Sextour

“A polished, elegantly turned performance... lively, communicative readings... the performance was a scintillating one”

The New York Times

“ The Borealis Wind Quintet is a superb ensemble. Their playing is precise without ever being merely pedantic; their control of dynamics is masterly and their internal balance is faultless."

Glyn Pursglove, Musicweb- International

“The season began with a cheery concert by the Borealis Wind Quintet...the performance was fabulous.”

Schenectady (NY) Gazette

“The Borealis Quintet is first rate; the players not only know how to play their instruments, they know how to get music out of them...The whole recording is the stuff dreams are made of.”

Musical Heritage Review

“For maximum color and variety, the wind section is where it's at, and the Borealis Wind Quintet provided it in abundance... These five very talented people presented their program with a great deal of humor and verve.”

Musical Heritage Review

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