New York – Jan 21 2010

Culture: Wind Quintet Idée Fixe @ Salmagundi Club

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Finland Center Foundation
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Finland Center Foundation is a tax-exempt organization recognized under the 501(C)3 code by the IRS

During the intermission, you are welcome to buy refreshments at the bar downstairs.

Finland Center Foundation Presents:

Wind Quintet – Idée Fixe

January 21, 2010 @ 7:30 pm
Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York
Free admission, suggested donation $20


Gabriel Pierné: Pastorale
Kirmo Lintinen: C.I.D.
Lars-Erik Larsson: Quattro Tempi – Divertimento for wind quintet

1. Tranquillo
2. Agitato
3. Sostenuto
4. Giocoso


Vincent Persichetti: Pastorale
Marko Portin: Wind Quintet

1. Prelude
2. Berceuse
3. Chôro

Samuel Barber: Summer Music
Wind Quintet Idée Fixe
Elina Raijas – flute
Juha Ala – oboe
Reetta Näätänen – clarinet
Otto Virtanen – bassoon
Jukka Harju – French horn

Wind Quintet Idée Fixe was founded in 2003 as an ensemble for a chamber music concert of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Following the success of their initial collaboration, they began building repertoire and planning further appearances. Since then, Idée Fixe has performed in various concerts in the city of Tampere and its surrounding areas as well as recitals in Helsinki, Ikaalinen, Lohja, Sammatti, Kokkola, Kerava and Uusikaupunki. The ensemble has also been featured as soloist with the Tampere University Symphony Orchestra. In June 2006 the quintet made a four-concert tour of Japan, performing in Tokyo, Takamatsu and Saitama.

Idée Fixe’s repertoire ranges from music of the classical era, works by Franz Danzi and Mozart, to 20th century masterpieces by Carl Nielsen, Jean Françaix, Jacques Ibert, and others. The ensemble has premiered commissioned works including “E pari, e te tai” (2006) by New Zealand composer Chris Watson, Seppo Pohjolas’ Wind Quintet (2007) and Kirmo Lintinen’s “C.I.D.” (2009). While established as a quintet, the composition can vary from duos to sextets with piano. The versatile group has recorded its own arrangements of Christmas music for children and Nielsen’s Wind Quintet for the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

All the members of the quintet are professional musicians in the leading Finnish symphony orchestras (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra). Idée Fixe has received grants from the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.