BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Concert Association is excited to welcome five exuberant, young musicians from Michigan for their second concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. The seven-time national prize winning Akropolis Reed Quintet is hailed by Fanfare Magazine for its “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality”. Tom Glockin (oboe), Kari Landry (clarinet), Matt Landry (saxophone), Andrew Koeppe (bass clarinet) and Ryan Reynolds (bassoon) have “dazzled and engaged audiences with virtuoso, off-the-wall performances,” Cincinnati City Beat.
Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, they received the Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014 and the Fischoff Educator Award in 2015. The Akropolis Reed Quintet have commissioned 30 compositions from composers in seven countries. Their 2017 CD release of “The Space Between Us” was hailed by the San Francisco Chronical as “pure gold, shot through with tenderness and grace”.
Ten years and 40,000 students later the Akropolis Reed Quintet , often called, mavericks of new wind sound, have conducted 412 educational events for 41,560 students. While in Blue Hill they will be bringing their enthusiasm and excitement to the students at George Stevens Academy the day after the concert for an educational outreach.
During the intermission at the Feb. 9 concert, oil paintings of Stonington Harbor with its fishing vessels, dinghies and buoys, by local artist Rebecca Daugherty will be on display and Bagaduce Music will be the featured institution.
Tickets for the concert are $30, available at the door or online. Free admission for young people 21 and under. For more information visit bluehillconcertassociation.org or call 207-367-2918.