HAMPSTEAD — If you enjoy music, the Friends of Hampstead Public Library have planned a very special program on March 12.
The Quintessential Winds will return to entertain with a program of music by American composers, plus a nod to St. Patrick’s Day.
They will play a variety of tunes by Gershwin, Mancini, and Wilder for the “Red, White and Blue” section of the program, and add a few others such as “Irish Tune from County Derry” to honor St. Patrick for the “green” portion.
This talented ensemble is made up of five musicians from the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. They bring many, many combined years of experience playing around the world as their individual careers developed.
In retirement or semi-retirement, they have come together for form the Quintessential Winds featuring Richard DuBois on flute and piccolo, Duane Bateman on oboe, Jennifer Larson on horn, George Muller on bassoon and Robert Sinclair on clarinet.
Sinclair also acts as the contact person for the group. He and Bateman both played in the U.S. Air Force Band and its subdivisions for many years. They have also performed with several different symphony orchestras.
DuBois played with the Navy Band, performed with the Portland Symphony and teaches. Larson teaches extensively, as well as performing. Muller performed for many years with various orchestras in Germany before retiring in Maine. These varied backgrounds have one thing in common, a love of music as performed on wind instruments.
The group has a varied repertoire, including classical and semi-classical music, many old favorites from gentler times and seasonal selections, especially for the Christmas holiday.
Each program is customized to suit the intended audience so no two performances will be exactly the same. They were enthusiastically received when they played at the library last year and it is hoped that they will find an equally receptive audience on March 12.
They will perform in the second-floor meeting room at 7 p.m.
This performance is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available before and after the program.
Members of the Friends are invited to stay for the regular monthly meeting of the organization following the program.