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Winds of Spring to play at Universalist Church

  • Winds of Spring, pictured above, will perform a concert of eclectic and familiar pieces from the classical repertoire at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church on May 20 at 4 p.m. Courtesy


Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:55AM

The Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church will present Winds of Spring, a chamber music concert of eclectic and familiar pieces from the classical repertoire, on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary.

Church members and long-time Monadnock area musical freelancers Mary Seaver, clarinet, David Flemming, flute, and Joy Flemming, bassoon, will be joined by pianist (and violist) Virginia Eskin. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.

The concert demonstrates what four friends can do when creativity is at its height. What to do with an “odd” group of instruments? Not finding suitable pieces specifically for this grouping, they set to find string pieces that would fit the unique qualities of woodwind instruments; and smaller works, duets and trios, for groups within the group.

The romantic Spanish Piano Quintet by Louise Héritte-Viardot, unearthed by Eskin, was transcribed to meet the requirements of woodwinds. The Paseo movement brings to mind a lovely walk along a bubbly stream on a beautiful spring day.

Other pieces on the program include Brahm’s Piano Quartet in G minor (the Allegro), the Mozart Flute Quartet in C minor, K. 285 (with Eskin on viola), a vibrant wind trio by Jacques Ibert, the poignant Meditation from Thais by Massenet, and pieces by Bach, Horovitz, and Poulenc.

The concert is a fundraiser for the church, with funds going to support music and other programming.

The performers are:

David Flemming (flute), who was introduced to the flute by Bert Neil and played with the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra and University of London Orchestra on flute and percussion. Flemming is a member of the Keene Chamber Orchestra, the Windham Orchestra in Brattleboro, Vt., and various chamber music groups.

Joy Flemming switched from clarinet to bassoon during middle school when she realized she could quickly get to the head of her section if she was the only bassoonist. She is also a member of the Keene Chamber and Windham Orchestras.

Mary Seaver grew up in New Hampshire and studied clarinet with Richard Sanders. Since then has studied with Michael Sussmann, David Martins and William Wrzesien. She plays with the Windham Orchestra, Raylynmor Opera Orchestra and Fireside Winds.

Pianist Virginia Eskin has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Annapolis, Buffalo, Louisville, New Hampshire, Rochester, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Utah Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Classical, the Israel Sinfonietta, and the Boston Pops. She has also performed as a soloist with the New York City and Boston Ballet Companies, Morgan Library in New York and Jordan Hall in Boston, and in concert halls and museums throughout the United States and Europe.