ALBANY — The Scirocco Quartet, whose repertoire is a mixture of original works for woodwind quartet and lively arrangements of other famous pieces, will perform at the Symphony at the Museum Willson Chamber Music Series on Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Albany Museum of Art. The series is a collaboration between the Albany Symphony Association and the art museum.
Scirocco’s members are flutist Elizabeth Goode, oboist Susan Brashier, clarinetist Peter Geldrich and bassoonist Shannon Lowe. The group was formed in 2010 and since then has enjoyed an active schedule of regional and national performances. They have performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, the Florida Flute Association Convention in Orlando and numerous concert series throughout the southeast. A “Scirocco” is a warm tropical wind, appropriate from this woodwind group based in southern Georgia.
“I have worked with all of these musicians and admire their talents. They have performed all over the country. I am delighted that they will be performing in Albany,” commented Dr. Claire Fox Hillard, Albany Symphony Music Director and Conductor.
Brashier has been professor of oboe at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Kansas, Appalachian State University and Rutgers University. She has performed with the St. Louis, North Carolina, Roanoke and Kansas City symphonies. Her degrees are from the Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.
Geldrich has played with professional orchestras in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mexico. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Maryland, master’s degree in music from the University of Florida and is currently bass clarinetist with the Albany Symphony and interim principal clarinet with the Valdosta Symphony.
Goode is professor of flute at Valdosta State University and is principal flute of the Valdosta and Albany Symphony Orchestras. She received her doctorate of musical arts from Yale University. In the summers she is a member of the artist faculty at the Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.
Lowe is a professor of bassoon at Valdosta State University and is principal bassoon of the Valdosta and Albany Symphony Orchestras. She received her doctorate of musical arts from SUNY Stony Brook and master’s degree in music from the University of Florida. She has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony, Florida Orchestra and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets are $20 per person and $10 per student with ID. A post-concert reception follows the performance. To purchase tickets, contact the Symphony office at 229-430-8933 or go online towww.albanysymphony.org. Tickets will be available at the door.
The ASO’s next season concert will feature the Classically Jazzed Quartet with Ken Trimmins tracing the musical roots of jazz with music from the Baroque, 19th century and blues influenced classical compositions on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Albany Municipal Auditorium. The ASO is celebrating its 50th anniversary season.