Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in residence at Blair

Marion Reinhard, bassoon; Fergus McWilliams, horn; Walter Seyfarth, clarinet; Michael Hasel, flute; Andreas Wittman, oboe. Photo by Peter Adamik

For the third year in a row, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, the world’s most celebrated woodwind quintet, returns to the Blair School of Music. This year’s residency will be an exciting week of master classes, collaborations, and guest conducting, culminating in two major collaborative concert performances.

Tuesday, January 29

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Oboe master class with Andreas Wittman (Ingram Hall)

3-4 p.m.

Oboe master class with Andreas Wittman (Ingram Hall)

4:30-6 p.m.

Bassoon master class with Marion Reinhard (Turner Hall)

Horn master class with Fergus McWiliams (Ingram Hall)

Wednesday, January 30

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Clarinet master class with Walter Seyfarth (Ingram Hall)

8 p.m.
Ingram Hall

Vanderbilt Wind Symphony
Thomas Verrier, director,
and Andreas Wittman, guest conductor
with Walter Seyfarth, clarinet
and Rachel Rose Farber, soprano


Vanderbilt University Orchestra
Robin Fountain, director,
and Michael Hasel, guest conductor

The Vanderbilt Wind Symphony performs Mendelssohn’s Overture for Winds, Op. 24, under the direction of Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet oboist Andreas Wittman. Quintet clarinetist Walter Seyfarth will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet with the Wind Symphony. Rachel Rose Farber, soprano soloist with the U.S. Army Field Band and member of the renowned Soldiers’ Chorus, joins the ensemble to perform Gaetano Donizetti’s O Luce di Quest’anima from Linda Di Chamounix, and Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Ombre Légère from Dinorah. Camille Saint-Saëns’ Marche Héroïque, Op. 34, rounds out the program.

The Vanderbilt University Orchestra, under direction of Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet flutist Michael Hasel, performs Brahms’ Tragic Overture. Orchestra director Robin Fountain then leads the ensemble in Mozart’s Symphony No. 39.


Thursday, January 31

10 a.m.-noon

Flute master class with Michael Hasel (Turner Hall)

8 p.m.
Ingram Hall

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
with Blair Woodwind Quintet

The world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet caps off its week at Blair with an exciting and wide-ranging program showcasing their range of expression, tonal spectrum and conceptual unity. The evening will include a special double quintet performance with the Blair Woodwind Quintet of Joachim Raff’s Sinfonietta, Op. 188.

Blair thanks the Hutton Hotel for providing accommodations for the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Sponsored by an anonymous friend of the Blair School of Music.

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