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“For many, the names of the players who make up the woodwind quintet Windscape will have a certain aura—that of the fabulously skilled, much sought-after, and usually footloose New York musician who can tackle anything—repeat, anything,” insists a Boston Globe writer. Created in 1994 by eminent woodwind soloists, Windscape has earned a prominent place for itself as a vibrant, ever-evolving group of musical individualists. The players, who are artists-in-residence at the Manhattan School of Music, even like to call themselves an “unquintet.” The group—flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, oboist Randall Ellis, clarinetist Alan R. Kay, bassoonist Frank Morelli, and horn player David Jolley—delights audiences across North America with its novel programs and accompanying presentations, each devised to take listeners on a musical and historical tour evoking cultural landscapes of distant times and places.

Artist website: Windscape

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Graduate Art History Seminar

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Not open to the public

In a salon-style conversation with Penn State graduate art history students, members of Windscape reflect on Japonisme and the aesthetic experiences in their repertoire. The musicians demonstrate differences in musical influences from French and Japanese practices. Graduate students share their projects.

History 481 Class Visit

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Not open to the public

Members of Windscape speak with students in a Penn State history course on Modern Japan about the translation of visual art in music, Impressionism, and Japanese art culture. The talk includes musical demonstrations of differences in musical interpretations.

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Not open to the public

Members of Windscape talk about working in mixed media genres of music and visual arts with Penn State Paterno Fellows. A Classical Music Ambassador Student Leader facilitates the conversation.

coolBlue Concert and Conversation

3 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Innovation Park at Penn State
Tech Center Lobby

The public is invited to hear Windscape perform selections from its repertoire. The one-hour session includes conversation with the woodwind quintet musicians.

French Horn Master Class with David Jolley

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Not open to the public

Windscape musician David Jolley works with Penn State French horn students. Distinguished Professor of Music Lisa O. Bontrager facilities the session.

Clarinet Master Class with Alan R. Kay

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Not open to the public

Windscape musician Alan R. Kay works with Penn State clarinet students. Associate Professor Anthony Costa facilitates the master class.

Wind Ensemble Coaching with Tara Helen O’Connor, Randall Ellis, and Frank Morelli

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Not open to the public

Windscape flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, oboist Randall Ellis, and bassoonist Frank Morelli coach Penn State wind ensemble musicians. Penn State School of Music faculty members Tim Hurtz and Daryl Durran of The Pennsylvania Quintet facilitate the coaching session.

East Meets West: A Floating World—Japan and the Impressionists

7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016
Schwab Auditorium

In its Penn State premiere, Windscape performs a program featuring works by composers familiar to Western ears—Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Olivier Messiaen—paired with music by Japanese composers Michio Miyagi and Toru Takemitsu. The musicians perform before projected images of paintings and prints by artists from Europe and Japan. Works by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh, and others are juxtaposed—often thematically—with pieces by Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Ando Hiroshige, Kitao Shigemasa, Suzuki Harunobu, Kitagawa Utamaro, Mizuno Toshikata, and others.


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Adult $42  |  University Park Student $19  |  18 and Younger $32

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.


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Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or local expert, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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