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Boehmler Foundation Brings Renowned Woodwind Quintet to Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The Robert G. Boehmler Community Foundation series will bring the woodwind quintet Windscape — called by some as an “un-quintet” because of its members’ individualistic styles — to Ithaca College for a free performance on Saturday, Feb. 19. The concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. The program will include selections from Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue”; Dvorák’s Quartet in E-flat and “Ma mere l’oye”; and “Piece en forme de Habanera” by Ravel.

Windscape will also offer masterclasses in the School of Music on Feb. 20.

Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, oboist Randall Ellis, clarinetist Alan R. Kay, bassoonist Frank Morelli and horn player David Jolley formed Windscape in 1994. Each an eminent woodwind soloist in his and her own right, the members of Windscape have formed an ensemble known for a vibrant, ever-evolving sound that has delighted audiences throughout the United States, Canada and Asia. Windscape’s innovative programs and presentations are designed to take listeners on a musical and historical world tour that evokes vivid cultural landscapes of distant times and places.

As Ensemble-in-Residence at the Manhattan School of Music, Windscape brings extensive teaching experience to motivational residencies. The group’s most recent CD features the works of Dvorák. Their performance of Bach’s “Art of the Fugue” with the Orion String Quartet premiered for New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and was recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. The recording will soon be available on iTunes. Forthcoming performances include the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center.

Robert G. Boehmler received a bachelor’s degree from the Ithaca College School of Music in 1938 and a master’s degree in 1961. A musician and educator, he established the Boehmler Community Foundation to support education in the communities in which he lived. A music teacher in the Palmyra-Macedon (New York) School District for many years, Boehmler died in 1998.

For more information, contact Molly O’Shea, marketing communications manager in the music school, at or (607) 274-3370.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should also contact O’Shea. Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible before the event.