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Solstice Quintet takes the stage for eclectic show
Published 3/8/2013 6:00:00 AM
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Matt Wu/The Daily EvergreenMatthew Aubin plays a French horn during the Solistice Wind Quintet practice in the Kimbrough Concert Hall on Wednesday afternoon. The Solstice Quintet will take the stage tonight in a concert flutist Ann Yasinitsky calls exciting, interesting and occasionally flashy.

Yasinitsky, a flute professor in the music department, said the group began in 1978, and she has played as the group’s flutist since 1991.

“It was formed just for the love of playing chamber music and faculty members wanting to have a chamber music ensemble like this,” she said.

To Yasinitsky, the quintet's goals are to perform high quality chamber music from different eras and composers. Matthew Aubin, an assistant professor of music and horn player for the quintet, said he hopes to show the community a musical variety.

Aubin also said the Faculty Artist Series provides an opportunity for students to see their professors putting on a performance versus teaching in the classroom.

“It's a really nice chance for students to hear what we are like when we are acting as professional musicians,” he said. “They see how I start before I have a really important piece, how I'm breathing, and how I'm projecting, and I think some of the things that maybe we're telling them in lessons they can see actually practiced.”

Yasinitsky said this concert will give students a model of what to expect out of a professional performance.

“It's a very high level of professional musicians that we have here,” she said. “It's really a great resource to be offering these kinds of concerts to WSU students and the community.”

At the concert, the quintet will perform French music and music from the 21st century. To Aubin, the combination of the old and the new helps balance out the different sounds provided by their central piece, which he finds satisfyingly challenging.

“Some of this modern music really stretches your individual technique and forces you to maybe just improve some of your skills,” he said. “When you're in performance, it puts you on the edge of being able to really get through it. Certain aspects of the program will really test my endurance.”

The concert is $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and non-WSU students, and free for WSU students with their student ID. The concert will start tonight at 8 p.m. in Kimbrough Concert Hall.

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