Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), and known as winners of the Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014 and the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award, the Akropolis Reed Quintet performs an innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision.
Akropolis will release their third commercial album, The Space Between Us, on March 24 on Innova Records. The recording features five premiere recordings, four of which are commissions specially written for the Quintet. The inspiration for this eclectic and cathartic CD came after racial unrest broke out in several cities around the country. The Quintet wanted to produce a project that illustrates the differences and similarities we as humans confront. Read more about the CD here, listen to audio samples, and watch the video about The Space Between Us.
Akropolis is known for their masterful educational residencies, custom-tailored for each school or university. They recently completed two residencies at Furman University and at UT Austin – Butler School of Music where they performed oboist Tim Gocklin’s arrangement of The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for double reed quintet with a student ensemble, coached ensembles, taught master classes, conducted a composers forum workshop, and gave recitals. They also taught two valuable classes on competition preparation and the transition from college to “real life”: ”When the Gravy Train Hits the Wall” and “#Winning – How to Succeed at Chamber Music Competitions.”
In their international touring news, Akropolis will make their exciting UAE debut at Chamber Music Abu Dhabi, April 9-23. Workshops and events include a physics of music demonstration at Khalifa University, a concert of reed quintet music and traditional Arabic poetry, an extended reading of reed quintet works by an NYU Abu Dhabi composer, as well as music workshops and classes.
See Akropolis’ full spring touring schedule here!
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Learn more about Akropolis Reed Quintet’s 17/18 program offerings, including:
with works by Rameau, Gershwin, Marc Mellits, and David Biedenbender
with works by Joplin, Ellington, Ives, Gershwin, Gregory Wanamaker, John Steinmetz
with works by Rameau, Nico Muhly, Jacob TV, David Biedenbender, Marc Mellits
And be sure to explore Akropolis’ special multimedia project exploring Prohibition-era decadence, flamboyance, and individuality featuring Buster Keaton’s iconic film Electric House as the centerpiece, On the Town.
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