The Akropolis Reed Quintet will present a concert at The Pennington School on Friday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Stainton Hall Lecture Center. The evening's repertoire comprises works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Stacy Garrop, Jeff Scott, and George Gershwin. The Pennington music program's 2019–20 Musicians-in-Residence, the Quintet is composed of Kari Landry, clarinet; Andrew Koeppe, bass clarinet; Ryan Reynolds, bassoon; Matt Landry, saxophone; and Tim Gocklin, oboe. This event is free and open to the public, and the venue is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This accomplished quintet will also work with Pennington School student musicians for several days preceding the performance. Hailed by Fanfare Magazine for their "imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality," the Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and has won seven national chamber music prizes including the Fischoff Gold Medal and Fischoff Educator Award. The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed the quintet's recent third album release, The Space Between Us, "pure gold."
A nonprofit organization supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous foundations and individuals nationwide, Akropolis delivers more than 120 annual performances and workshops. Having premiered more than 70 new works, Akropolis was selected to adjudicate and premiere the 2018 Barlow Prize funded by the Barlow Endowment, the first time the prize was given for a reed quintet work. The winning composition, Stacy Garrop's Rites for the Afterlife, will be among those performed at the Pennington concert.