Since its beginning in 2011, the Aspen Winds have performed for audiences of all ages using creative and innovative programming. Aspen Winds specializes in introducing audiences to the woodwind quintet repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries. They also frequently perform works for woodwinds and narrator, enlisting a professional storyteller to meld classic fairy tales and favorite stories with music.
In a commitment to advancing the artform, Aspen Winds is dedicated to commissioning and performing new works for any chamber ensemble including woodwinds or horn. Aside from performing standards of the 20th century by composers Barber, Copland, Ligeti, and Maslanka, we also collaborate with and perform music by 21st century composers Morris, Douglas, Baldwin, and Nowakowski.
By including new music in our repertoire, we seek to rejuvenate the ensemble and its relevance in our culture. In a typical Aspen Winds performance, we introduce the audience to our instruments and the variety of timbres and melodies in an accessible way that leaves them excited about the sounds they have heard.
In our mission to educate and entertain children, Aspen Winds performs a variety of music for woodwinds and narrator, adding costumes, acting, and a professional storyteller to further enhance the experience of the audience. Our repertoire includes Ferdinand the Bull, Ugly Duckling, Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Flying Ship (a Russian Fairy tale). We have also created educational shows by pairing existing works for quintet with stories, including Mother Goose Suite (with the stories that inspired Ravel), and Carnival of the Animals (with Aesop’s Fables). Aspen Winds has performed these works in every conceivable venue: libraries, schools, city parks, and recital halls.
Aspen Winds musicians also perform with the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, Orchestra at Temple Square, Boise Philharmonic, Utah Wind Symphony, Utah Baroque Ensemble, Salt Lake Choral Artists, Utah Chamber Artists, and other organizations in the Intermountain West.
Aspen Winds 2014 performances include:
Utah Symphony’s “Mighty 5 Tour”
KBYU Highway 89
Excellence in the Community Concert Series
Brown Bag Concerts, Salt Lake City Arts Council
Utah’s Arts Day on the Hill
Gateway Children’s Museum
School Performances in Salt Lake, Utah and Sanpete counties