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Kenosha Symphony’s Woodwind Quintet to perform a free February 24 mini-concert

The Quintet will perform “Place on the Pike: Then and Now” – a new work inspired by Kenosha’s history

The Kenosha Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, presents the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet in a free mini-concert performance:

• 1:00-1:30 pm, Saturday, February 24, 2018
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, First Floor, 1330-52nd Street, Kenosha WI

The highlight of the mini-concert will be the debut of “Place of the Pike: Then and Now” – a new work by composer Haley Woodrow that was commissioned by the Kenosha Community Foundation.

The mini-concert will also feature of short musical selections by Debussy and Hindemith.

Kenosha Community Foundation Executive Director, Robert Schneider says,

“We (the Foundation) truly enjoy working with the Kenosha Symphony and its professional musicians on projects that engage different audiences in the community. We look forward to the Woodwind Quintet’s performance of Haley Woodrow’s innovative and interactive new work – it is certain to be a special musical experience as it celebrates the history and character of Kenosha and is being performed at the Boys and Girls Club – a great facility that is very representative of Kenosha ‘Now’.”

About the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet
The Kenosha Symphony’s Woodwind Quintet includes: Carol Meves (flute), Suzanne Geoffrey (oboe), Orlando Pimentel (clarinet), Andrew Jackson (bassoon), and Kathryn Krubsack (horn). The group plays recital programs and performs educational programs throughout the year, performing music from many varied time periods and styles, Baroque to Latin, heavy to light.

This the second time the KSO’s Woodwind Quintet has performed a Kenosha Community Foundation Commission work – the group performed “Beacon” by Sid Richardson at a 2015 mini-concert.

Foundation is a long-time supporter of the KSO and in 2015 established the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra (KSO) Endowment Fund to help assure continued excellence in performance and educational programs for years to come (for details, see kenoshasymphony.org/endowment-fund.html).

About the Kenosha Community Foundation Commission at the “fresh inc” Music Festival
Haley Woodrow’s “Place of the Pike: Then and Now” is the fourth composition to be commissioned by Kenosha Community Foundation. Each year, the Foundation commissions a composer attending the “fresh inc.“ Music Festival to receive the Kenosha Community Foundation Commission and create a new work to be performed by members of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra.

In alignment with the Foundation’s commitment to support the development of under-represented young professionals, starting summer 2017, the commission is awarded to a female composer or composer of color.

Composer Haley Woodrow on “Place of the Pike: Then and Now”
While “Place of the Pike: Then and Now” will have its premiere performance on February 24, the composition has already won the Macro Analysis Creative Research Organization (MACRO) Composition competition.

Woodrow says of “Place of the Pike: Then and Now:”

“First labeled by the Potawatomi, “place of the pike” refers to the historical translation of the word ‘Kenosha’, which is situated just south of where the Pike River ends. The opening movement of the piece, Car Factory, begins at the turn of the 20th century, by depicting life as a factory worker, highlighting mechanical sounds, melodic whistling and sounds from the Motown era. Audience participation is employed throughout the piece with the use of techniques such as snapping and stomping.

A significant event is depicted in the short second movement, Implosion, to evoke the “chimney demolition” of the American Motors Corporation plant, which occurred in 1990 and drew over 10,000 spectators. This moment is also intended to be symbolic of the “tech boom”, which has not only shaped a new vocational life for so many of us, but has also deeply impacted the way we communicate and interact with one another.

Where the plant once stood is now a lovely lakefront community area, dubbed HarborPark, which is beautiful reflection of the current business and civic efforts of the local government and people! The final movement Now, employs an exciting building section with the transformation of earlier motifs, to portray the technology era and its abundant possibilities.

Both the structural renovation and enthusiastic locals in Kenosha exude a palpable energy, indicative of a city working toward a bright future, with its best days undoubtedly ahead. I am extremely grateful to both the Kenosha Symphony musicians, as well as the Kenosha Community Foundation for bringing this new work to life.”