The Scirocco Quartet is scheduled to perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Albany Museum of Art. (Special photo)
ALBANY —The Willson Chamber Music Series continues Sunday with a 4 p.m. performance at the Albany Museum of Art by the Scirocco Quartet, which mixes original pieces for woodwind quartet with other well-known musical works.
The quartet, comprising flutist Elizabeth Goode, oboist Susan Brashier, clarinetist Peter Geldrich and bassoonist Shannon Lowe, was formed in 2010 and is based in southern Georgia. Scirocco, named for the warm tropical wind, has performed regionally and nationally, including at the National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., and the Florida Flute Association Convention in Orlando.
“I have worked with all of these musicians and admire their talents. They have performed all over the country. I am delighted that they will be performing in Albany,” said Dr. Claire Fox Hillard, music director and conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, which is a partner in the series.
Brashier has been professor of oboe at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Kansas, Appalachian State University and Rutgers University. She has performed with the St. Louis, North Carolina, Roanoke and Kansas City symphonies. Her degrees are from the Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.
Geldrich has played with professional orchestras in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mexico. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Maryland, master’s degree in music from the University of Florida and is currently bass clarinetist with the Albany Symphony and interim principal clarinet with the Valdosta Symphony.
Goode is professor of flute at Valdosta State University and is principal flute of the Valdosta and Albany Symphony Orchestras. She received her doctorate of musical arts from Yale University. In the summers she is a member of the artist faculty at the Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.
Lowe is a professor of bassoon at Valdosta State University and is principal bassoon of the Valdosta and Albany Symphony Orchestras. She received her doctorate of musical arts from SUNY Stony Brook and master’s degree in music from the University of Florida. She has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony, Florida Orchestra and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets are $20 per person and $10 per student with ID. A post-concert reception follows the performance. To purchase tickets, contact the Symphony office at (229) 430-8933 or go online towww.albanysymphony.org. Tickets will be available at the door.
The ASO’s next 50th season concert will feature the Classically Jazzed Quartet with Ken Trimmins tracing the musical roots of jazz with music from the Baroque, 19th century and blues influenced classical compositions at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.