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Arts & Entertainment The Piedmont Winds close out BCA season

The Piedmont Winds close the Brasstown Concert Association’s 39th season with a performance on April 7 at the John C. Campbell Folk School.The Brasstown Concert Association ends its 39th season on Sunday, April 7, with a concert by The Piedmont Winds. Originally named the Orpheus Woodwind Quintet, the ensemble has worked in and around the Atlanta area for 25 years and has performed throughout the Southeast in educational programs, formal recitals and social events.

The five musicians — Katherine White (clarinet), Erica Howard (oboe), Dan Worley (bassoon), Kathy Wood (French horn) and guest artist Jeana Melilli (flute) — are all active orchestral players as members, principals and/or guest artists with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and performance orchestras throughout Georgia, North and South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee.

In addition to their busy concert and recording schedules, The Piedmont Winds are an active element of musical education in the Atlanta area, presenting as many as 40 educational performances per academic year to students from preschoolers to college level. They have collaborated with and been featured in the nationally acclaimed Sound and Learning educational program, worked regularly with Young Audiences programs, and with Smart Start, which brought weekly music education into inner city Atlanta schools.

The performance on April 7 at the John C. Campbell Folk School will showcase the range of the ensemble’s concert repertoire, from classical to contemporary. The program features selections from Mozart, Ravel, modern composers Arnold and Balazs, and from Mascagni’s operetta Cavalleria Rusticana.

Sponsored by Dr. Henry Meineke, The Piedmont Winds will perform on Sunday, April 7, at 2:30 p.m. in Keith House on the campus of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. No reservations are required; seating is by general admission. Individual tickets ($15 for adults, $7 for students) may be purchased at the door. Light refreshments are served at intermission. For information, call a BCA Board member at (828)389-4210 or email brasstownconcertnews@

Submitted by Roberta Rankin.

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