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Quintessence Woodwind Quintet in Portsmouth

South Church
292 State Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States

Quintessence, a woodwind quintet, will perform a concert for the young and the young-at-heart on Sunday, October 20th at 1 pm. This is the second in the South Church Chamber Music series. 

Stories to be performed with the well-known local storyteller Joanne Piazzi are The Unhappy Aardvark and The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. Children will be introduced to each instrument of the quintet by members Stephanie Cottrell (flute), Amanda Doiron (oboe), Ginna Macdonald (clarinet), Janet Polasky (bassoon), and Maria Sheppard (french horn). 

The quintet began performing shows for children and their families in 2018 after bassoonist Janet Polasky heard a musical performance of the popular story Frog and Toad in the Garden which uses a piece of classical music popular in the quintet repertoire, and then found many other stories set to music for the ensemble to play. “We have all listened across the country and discovered aardvarks and spaceships, not just Peter and the Wolf, but other entrancing stories set to really wonderful music to introduce children to classical music,” says Janet. Concerts are kept to about an hour and sitting still is not necessary. In addition to the stories that are written to engage adults as well as children, the quintet has chosen chamber music not often performed by the woodwind quintet. 

Formed in 2000, the quintet is comprised of all women at various stages of motherhood. Creating concerts to appeal to families was a natural extension of their love of children and music.  Individual tickets are $6, or a family rate of $12, and can be purchased through the South Church office, 73 Court Street.

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