Chamber showdown is Sunday

The competition recognizes up-and-coming groups.

Chamber Music in Yellow Springs will close its season with its finals competition between two wind groups on Sunday.

The North Coast Winds from Cleveland and The East End Quartet of Rochester, N.Y., will perform in the 30th annual Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, Yellow Springs.

The competition recognizes up-and-coming groups and musicians whose ages must be under 30.

The East End Quartet from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester formed in 2013 and features four saxophones. Musicians include Jonathan Wintringham on soprano saxophone, Myles Boothroyd on alto saxophone, Matthew Amedio on tenor saxophone and Timothy Harris on baritone saxophone.

Chamber Music in Yellow Springs publicity chairwoman Angela Brintlinger said the group will play an eclectic program, much of which they have arranged themselves.

East End Quartet recently took first prize at the Music Teachers National Association National Chamber Music Competition in Las Vegas in March.

“One of their hallmarks is that they perform almost exclusively from memory, which enhances their ability to communicate with each other and the audience,” said Brintlinger.

Brintlinger said The North Coast Winds dedicate themselves to performing, education and outreach. With graduate degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, these musicians direct an annual summer music camp at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, where they will be the Ensemble in Residence in 2015-16.

Musicians include Madeline Lucas Tolliver on flute, Mary Kausek on oboe, Drew Sullivan on clarinet, Arleigh Savage on bassoon and Emily Rapson on horn.

To mark its 31st season, Chamber Music Yellow Springs welcomed back four past competition winners for its Season of Champions series, and many of other winners continue to thrive, Brintlinger said. The Calidore String Quartet, winners in 2013, have just been named to the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center Two.

Kevin Mulhall will give a pre-concert lecture in the church at 6:45 p.m.

Chamber Music in Yellow Springs is supported by donors as well as an Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant.

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