Chautauqua Wind Quintet features Mozart Mash-Up

The Logan Chamber Music Series will feature its second of two in-house Chautauquan groups at 4 p.m. this afternoon at Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall as the Chautauqua Wind Quintet performs a program titled “Mozartiana: A Midsummer concert with the Chautauqua Chamber Winds.” 

The concert will consist of five works, each originally composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

With a mix of traditional chamber pieces and compositions adapted from their primary means, the group’s goal is to make the concert be accessible for all ears.

Speaking for the group, flutist Richard Sherman said that this will be the first all-Mozart concert at Chautauqua that he can remember since first coming to the grounds. Sherman is the longest-serving member of the quintet, having been a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra for the past 25 seasons. 

“We feel like this is a great way to honor him,” said Sherman, explaining that they had the program mapped out well before the beginning of summer. “It speaks to how his music is diverse enough and strong enough to carry an entire program.”

The quintet is traditionally made up of the principal wind players from the CSO. Sherman is typically joined by oboist Jan Eberle, clarinetist Eli Eban, bassoonist Jeff Robinson and horn player Roger Kaza.

Kaza is out of town and will be replaced today by Donna Dolson, who is making her second substitute appearance with the group. Clarinetist Jerome Simas and flutist Emma Moon will be making guest appearances as well. 

“We expanded a few years ago to include other wind players from the symphony,” Sherman said. “It’s like the Chautauqua Wind Quintet and guests; it helps us not be backed into just one medium.”

The flexibility afforded by the added instruments allows the group to play pieces such as Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte (Magic Flute),  K. 620.” Originally penned as a two-act opera by the prolific Mozart, the music was rearranged for woodwind quintets by composer Joachim Linckelmann.

“Mozart’s Magic Flute is usually played by a full orchestra,” Sherman said. “This is a chance to hear it and Mozart’s other works up close and personal.”

The Mozart-fest will then continue with “Fantasie fur eine Orgelwalze,” Divertimento No. 3 in B flat for two clarinets and bassoon, “Sech Duette for two flutes,” and finally Divertimento No. 13 in F.

It might sound like a lot of heavy, classical music for one afternoon, but Sherman promises a more engaging dynamic.

“It’s like tag-team wrestling,” said Sherman. “It’s more elegant than that, though. More like a relay race. It’s a chance to hear Mozart up close and personal.”