The Connecticut-based Radiance Woodwind Quintet will visit the University of Rhode Island not once but twice this semester, first for a Master Class March 16 and then for a full concert April 1 with pianist Laura Hubbard as part of the prestigious University Artist Series. Both events will be held in the URI Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston.
Comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, Radiance is described as performing “classic and innovative” wind quintet repertoire with “perfection and poise, style and sass.” Technique tips along with some of the keys to their success and “sassy” style will be shared when they offer their Master Class at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 16. The class is free and open to the public, with students especially encouraged to attend.
Their University Artist Series concert on Sunday, April 1, at 8 p.m. will feature works of Ravel, Fine, Hoiby and Piazzolla. The quintet members, Elizabeth Detweiler Jackson, Carla Parodi, Stevi Rehncy, Kelli O’Connor and Bryce Nakaoka will be joined by pianist Laura Hubbard, who has performed in concert at URI on other occasions. Admission is $10 general public, $5 students, with tickets available at the box office on a first-come basis starting 45 minutes before the concert.
Specifically, their program will offer Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel (arr. Gunther Schuller), Partita by Irving Fine, Sextet for Piano and Winds by Lee Hoiby, and Libertango by Astor Piazzolla (arr. Jeff Scott). The ensemble’s first recording is due to be released in the fall of this year, featuring the same composers.
Founded in 2006, Radiance has performed for enthusiastic audiences throughout the Northeastern United States, including in recital on the Newburgh Chamber Music series and at the Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, New York. They have performed extensively in Connecticut, including with pianist Simon Holt at the Calvary Church Recital Series in Stonington; for the Sundays in the Parlor at Park series at Park Congregational Church in Norwich; and for the United States Coast Guard Band Chamber Players series in New London. Rehncy and O’Connor are Guest Artist teachers at URI, and all of the quintet members are or were members of the United States Coast Guard Band.
Elizabeth Detweiler Jackson, flute, has received national acclaim for her virtuosic playing. She has performed extensively with orchestras and ensembles in California, Arkansas, and Massachusetts and has won, finaled, or placed highly in a number of regional Flute Association and other solo instrument competitions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, and a Master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Southern California. In 2002 she became co-principal flute of the U S Coast Guard Band.
Clarinetist Kelli O’Connor enjoys a varied and vibrant career as a soloist, educator and chamber and orchestral musician. She is a founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston and the Radiance Woodwind Quintet, Principal Clarinet of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Salt Marsh Opera, and a member of the Connecticut Orchestra. Previously a member of the U S Coast Guard Band, she appears frequently with the Hartford Symphony and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and was clarinet soloist on the 2004-2005 national tour of Fiddler on the Roof. She teaches at both URI and the Calvary School of Music and has presented masterclasses at Baldwin-Wallace College and Salem State College. She is also the founder and director of the Waterford High School Clarinet Choir, which has won many distinctions. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory.
Carla Parodi, oboe, attended the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois in 1999. She earned a Master of Music degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 2003. She has studied with Harry Sargous, Nancy Ambrose King, John Ferrillo, and Robert Atherholt, and has performed with the New World Symphony, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Carla joined the U S Coast Guard Band in September 2003.
Stevi Rehncy, bassoon, earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois in 2002 and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2004. During her studies, she played with various groups including the Illinois Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, and was a fellow at Tanglewood for two consecutive summers. Combining her love of music and children, Rehncy has worked with the Boston Public Schools as well as the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She was acting principal bassoon with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra during the 2005-2006 season and currently plays co-principal bassoon with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Bryce Nakaoka, horn, joined the U.S. Coast Guard Band in March of 2010 and is currently the third-seat horn player. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and can be heard playing principal horn on four CDs of the UNLV Wind Orchestra. During his undergraduate career, he performed in shows on the Las Vegas Strip including, “Phantom” and “Lion King” and also was the first call sub for the Las Vegas Philharmonic, where he held the Associate Principal position from 2007-2008. While in his home state of Hawaii, he performed with the Royal Hawaiian Band as well as the Honolulu Symphonic Winds.
The URI Concert Hall is handicap-accessible, and parking is available in the lot behind the Fine Arts Center, off Bills Road.
For more information, contact the URI Department of Music, 874-2431, or check the website www.uri.edu/music.