Akropolis Reed Quintet
January 26, 2020
“…infallible musicality and huge vitality…”
The Akropolis Reed Quintet is an internationally acclaimed music ensemble of five musicians performing on wind instruments. Celebrating their 10th anniversary and hailed by Fanfare Magazine for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality,” the Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and has won seven national chamber music prizes including the Fischoff Gold Medal and Fischoff Educator Award. The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed Akropolis’ recent third album release, The Space Between Us, “pure gold.”
A nonprofit organization supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous foundations and individuals nationwide, Akropolis delivers more than 120 annual performances and workshops. Akropolis has given collaborative concerts with David Shifrin, Jennifer Frautschi, the Dover Quartet, BodyVox Dance, YAK, New Music Detroit, HarperCollins-published author and scientist Vic Strecher, Arabic language poets Abdulrahman Alhumairy and Saeed AlMehrzi, and others.
A maverick of new wind music, Akropolis is committed to showcasing the vast possibilities of the reed quintet through their adventurous repertoire spanning over 400 years of musical history. Having premiered over 50 works for the unique combination of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon, Akropolis is devoted to expanding the existing reed quintet repertoire with imaginative arrangements and the continued development of new works by emerging and established composers. From the dozens of professional reed quintets actively performing around the world, to the hundreds of student ensembles forming at universities around the United States alone, this collection of their ever-growing repertoire continues to help inspire reed quintet growth around the globe.
In the 2019-20 season, Akropolis will premiere 10 commissions including Storm Warning, the first concerto for reed quintet and wind band by Roshanne Etezady; CANE, by Jenni Brandon with guest bassoonist Monica Ellis of Imani Winds; Homage to Paradise Valley by Jeff Scott with support from the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Fund, celebrating the history of Detroit’s displaced Black Bottom neighborhood; and Sprocket, for reed quintet and rideable percussion bicycle by Steven Snowden.
Akropolis has premiered more than 70 new works and was selected to adjudicate and premiere the 2018 Barlow Prize funded by the Barlow Endowment, the first time the prize was given for a reed quintet work. Akropolis’ members are the first of any reed quintet to judge major chamber music competitions including the Fischoff Junior (2018) and Chamber Music Yellow Springs (2019) competitions.
Each June in Detroit, Akropolis presents its own 16-event festival Together We Sound, featuring multidisciplinary collaborators, a workplace concert series, and educational outreach. Akropolis reaches more than 5,000 K-12 students annually, including a school year-long residency with students at three Detroit high schools.
Rites for the Afterlife
For All We Know
Homage to Paradise Valley
Kari Landry, clarinet
Andrew Koeppe, bass
Ryan Reynolds, bassoon
Matt Landry, saxophone
Tim Gocklin, oboe
Address: 211 Belknap Place
Time: 3:15 PM
“Pure gold, shot through with tenderness and grace.”
“This group of super talented musicians takes listeners on an amazing, interactive musical adventure. The Reed Quintet is innovative, youthful, and full of enthusiasm. Given the young, energetic musicians, the interactive quality of the concert, and the quintet’s amazing musical ability, this was one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.”