Wind—not of the typical Oregon Coast weather variety, but of the musical kind—comes to the stage on Sunday, February 26th at 3 p.m.when the Borealis Wind Quintet plays the fourth concert in the twenty-third season of Neskowin Chamber Music.
Formed in 1976 at the Julliard School of Music, the Borealis has performed at home and abroad in the years since, with, in the words of many critics, “great artistic expression, musical integrity, and technical virtuosity.” Their selections range from classical to modern to commissioned works and even opera scores. They are known for their energy, enjoyment of music and each other, and great interactions with audiences. Keith Bonner, flutist, has performed in everything from symphony and opera orchestras, Broadway orchestra pits, to studio orchestras for movies and television shows. He is currently principal flute of the Riverside Symphony and has performed with symphony orchestras of New Jersey, Stamford, Connecticut, and the New York Symphonic Ensemble. He is on the faculty of Brooklyn College and the Special Music School in New York City. He has degrees from the Manhattan School and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Tamar Beach Wells is principal oboe with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and performs regularly with the Hartford Symphony and the American Composers Orchestra, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, and the Westchester Symphony. She has toured with Andrea Bocelli and was a member of the Springfield Symphony and the Goodspeed Orchestra. Ms. Wells holds degrees in performance and education from the Hartt School of Music and Performing Arts and a masters from the Julliard School. She is on the faculty of the Hartt School and the University of Connecticut.
Kathryn Taylor, clarinet, has performed across the U.S. as a chamber and orchestra musician and a soloist. She is principal clarinetist of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and a member of Connecticut Grand Opera Orchestra. She appeared with the Stamford, New Haven, and Hartford Symphonies and at the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival, the Windham Festival, and the Newport Festival. She has toured Europe as principal clarinetist with the American Symphonietta and has played in the orchestra of “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway. Ms. Taylor attended the Julliard School.
Dan Culpepper is a very active freelance horn player in New York City. He performs with the New York City Ballet, the New York Pops, Little Orchestra Society, and at the Radio City Music Hall. His career has been both diverse and eclectic, performing with everyone from Frank Sinatra, Elton John, and James Taylor to Sting and Yo-Yo Ma. His movie credits include “Pocohontas” and “Ransom” and he has recorded many television and radio commercials. Mr. Culpepper is currently principal horn in the orchestra of “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway.
Wayne Hileman, bassoon, has performed with many orchestras including the New Haven, Stamford, American, and Westchester Symphonies, and appeared as a chamber player, soloist or as continuo at many venues, including the Pro-Arte, Windham, Alliance Artist, and New England Bach Festivals. He is also an audio engineer, restoring historic recordings for major labels, producing live concerts for NPR, editing and mastering new releases for a number of classical artists. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (the Grammys). Hileman holds degrees from Potsdam College and Yale University.
The Borealis Wind Quintet will hold an Outreach concert at Nestucca Elementary School in Cloverdale on Monday, February 27th at 9 a.m.