CottonWood Winds to play at winery

A composition by an English teacher and musician living in Sicily will be the centerpiece of the CottonWood Winds' "Pops at the Winery" concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Heimhof Winery near Tonganoxie. Wine tasting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The composition, "Three Jazz Charts for Wind Quintet," has three movements: "Chopinolatry," "Blues" and "Bitter Chocolate." Jerry Randalls, a flute player, wrote the piece specifically for the Lawrence quintet.

"Jerry loves American jazz and Chopin," said Stuart Levine, French horn player and Randalls' longtime friend. "'Chopinolatry' sounds like Brubeck when it comes out. 'Blues' is slow and decadent.'"

Another highlight of the concert is a tribute to the late Frank Gilgin, a Tonganoxie composer who wrote for the CottonWood Winds. Guest pianist Jack Winerock will be featured in Gilgin's "Descarte's Dream."

The rest of the program includes "Concerto for Two Violins" by Antonio Vivaldi; "Le petit negre" by Claude Debussy; "Selections from 'Porgy and Bess'" by George Gershwin, arranged by Bill Holcombe; "Suite for Wind Instruments" by Charles Lefebvre; "Polka from The Age of Gold" by Dimitri Shostakovich; and "Italian Polka" by Sergei Rachmaninoff, arranged by Paul Jordan.

In addition to Levine, members of the CottonWood Winds are Tim Burfeind, oboe; Bonnie Sheriff, clarinet; Todd Hershberger, bassoon; and Dianne Hamersky, flute.

Tickets, which include the wine tasting, a dinner and the concert, are $13 a person and must be purchased in advance. Mail checks to the CottonWood Winds, 1644 University Drive, Lawrence 66044.

If it rains, the event will be held at 2 p.m. May 13 at Bichelmeyer's Restaurant in downtown Tonganoxie.

For information, call 842-0356.


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