Up-and-coming reed quintet headlines Heidelberg music festival

Mar 18, 2014

In the second of three concert weekends in Heidelberg University’s New Music Spring 2014 festival, the School of Music & Theatre will welcome the cutting-edge ensemble and winner of five national chamber music prizes, The Akropolis Reed Quintet, for a concert on Saturday, March 29.

Members of the Akropolis Reed Quintet will conduct a panel discussion on the topic of music entrepreneurship at 3 p.m., followed by their concert performance at 7 p.m., both in Brenneman Music Hall. Both events are free and open to the community.

Founded at the University of Michigan in 2009, Akropolis is an exciting ensemble, which performs innovative repertoire that highlights modern composition. Akropolis’ initiatives have produced more than 20 new works and arrangements, the continued growth of a sheet music catalog called Akropolis Composition and the production of a Youtube series of world premiers and new arrangements. In 2013, they made history by producing the first ever Reed Quintet Consortium. Akropolis consists of Tim Gocklin (oboe), Kari Dion (clarinet), Matt Landry (saxophone), Andrew Koeppe (bass clarinet), and Ryan Reynolds (bassoon).

In its 25th year, the New Music Spring 2014 series has taken on a different approach in 2014, spreading out a series of concerts over three weekends – March 20, March 29 and April 4-5. On March 20, the festival kicked off with the performance of highly accomplished pianist siblings Mari Akagi and her brother, Kei Akagi. The weekend of April 4-5 will feature two Meet the Composer events along with concerts by guest artists Nicholas Omiccioli, a 2006 Heidelberg alumnus; Yugoslavia-born Vera Stanojevic, a music professor at Ball State University; and Jonathan McNair, who is on the faculty at the University of Tennessee-Chatanooga.

The festival is made possible through the support of National Machinery Foundation, Friends of Heidelberg Music, the university’s Community Engagement Committee and alumni Ted and Jane Hieronymus.