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Las Vegas Wind Quintet

Who: Las Vegas Wind Quintet
When: Sunday, Dec. 19, 3 p.m.
Where: Reed Whipple Cultural Center (821 Las Vegas Blvd. North)
Admission: Free
Info: 229-6211

Thursday, December 16, 2004
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Las Vegas Wind Quintet: A windy season

Las Vegas Wind Quintet kicks off holidays with classics

By Laura Carroll

The Las Vegas Wind Quintet will perform "A Celebration of Holiday Music" at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Reed Whipple Cultural Center.

The quintet will perform Bohuslav Martinu's "Merry Christmas 1941," Paul Mčller's "Quintet Number 3," "Au Jardin (Petite Suite)" by Theodore DuBois, "Suite No. 2" by Nicolai Berezowsky, "Woodwind Quintet Op. 107" by Alexander Tcherepnin and Sammy Cahn's "Let It Snow."

The concert features Bill Parker on clarinet, Sherrie Parker on flute, Molly Murphy on oboe, Sam Pisciotta on bassoon and Richard Wright on horn. Las Vegas Wind Quintet leader Dave Hawley did the arrangements for the concert.

The Las Vegas Wind Quintet consists of musicians from around the Las Vegas area. Bill Parker is a member of the Las Vegas Summer Band and the Henderson Symphony. Sherrie Parker is the principal flautist for the Henderson Civic Symphony and is a flute instructor at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts. Pisciotta is a freelance musician based in Las Vegas since 1967, where he plays in local bands and orchestras. Wright has taught for 10 years in the Clark County School District's string program, and has been a member of a few local orchestras, including the Las Vegas Showroom Orchestra. Murphy is a member of the Henderson Civic Symphony and a former member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are required to see the Las Vegas Wind Quintet, but they are free and available by mail or in person at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center. Ticket holders must be seated 15 minutes before the show or their tickets may be released to a standby line. Colleen Duffy, cultural activities specialist for the city of Las Vegas, predicts tickets will sell out.

The Las Vegas Wind Quintet will perform in the studio theater inside the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd North. For more information, call 229-6211.

Music for the concert is provided by a grant from the Music Performance Trust Funds and obtained with the cooperation of the Musicians Union of Las Vegas Local No. 369 of the American Federation of Musicians.

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