Concert Recap: Philly Winds
Philly Winds, a local classical winds ensemble, performed a wide range of classical styles for the third in our Summer Concert Series at Glen Providence Park on a sunny Saturday, August 31. Five talented players — clarinet (Bob Stanley), oboe (Ross Gombiner), French horn (Rachel Braddick), bassoon (Lorraine Jewett), and flute/piccolo (Rebecca Simon) — wove complex, intelligent melodies to a nice crowd of 125 or so, on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
With works from Debussy, Mozart, and Milhaud, and a repertoire from all periods and genres, including classical, popular opera overtures, new and Caribbean Jazz-inspired music, the selections bespoke the group’s daring willingness to brave complex, heady works — a strikingly ambitious program! All members showed competent handling of wild, fast-paced changes and vast dynamic shifts — jumping between brash and dissonant one moment and subtle and harmonious the next. Certainly the music was enjoyed by all the audience, whether personally familiar or not with classical music.
We are grateful to Delaware County Parks & Recreation for resurfacing the 1937 WPA stage this summer for Glen Providence Park’s 80th anniversary!
Many thanks to all who made this concert possible: Delaware County Parks & Recreation, Concert Series Sponsors Media Recreation Board and Media Rotary Foundation, Concert Sponsor Shere-E-Punjab Indian Restaurant, our volunteers, Marcia Tate for her artful decoration of the stage, the 125+ people who attended, our tireless Concert Chair Lisa Johnson, and of course the talented musicians of Philly Winds!
Thank you to Shannon Davidson for taking these wonderful photographs – scroll through to see what it was like!