Akropolis Reed Quintet to perform in Blue Hill Feb. 9

BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Concert Association welcomes the seven-time national prize-winning Akropolis Reed Quintet for a performance on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

The quintet has been 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,” according to Cincinnati City Beat.

Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, the group received the Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014 and the Fischoff Educator Award in 2015. They have commissioned 30 compositions from composers in seven countries. Their 2017 CD release of “The Space Between Us” was hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle 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, has conducted 412 educational events for 41,560 students.

While in Blue Hill, the group will be visiting George Stevens Academy the day after the concert for 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 are $30, available at the door or online. Admission is free for young people 21 and under.

For more information, visit bluehillconcertassociation.org or call 367-2918.

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