A Woodwind Quintet
Pentamerus Winds, a woodwind quintet was formed in 1988 by a dedicated group of free-lance musicians and has since become a fixture in Boston's music community. The ensemble has performed under the auspices of numerous concert series such as the MIT Chapel Series, Brandeis University Goldfarb Library Series, the Harvard Club (New York City), Trinity Church in Boston, and every summer at the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. The quintet is featured on several recordings for Krystal Records with the Daughters of St. Paul Choir and has been awarded several Massachusetts Arts Lottery grants. Their classical repertoir spans three centuries from Bach to Ligeti, and also includes a variety of arrangements from operas, musicals, and dances.
The word "Pentamerus" means "divided into or consisting of five parts", for example, a starfish is a pentamerus. Although each instrument in the quintet is unique in its sound and musical range, it is the way in which the five musical instruments combine that makes the sound of a woodwind quintet so special.
Susan Jackson (flute) earned her bachelors and masters degrees
in performance from New England Conservatory. As a member of the NEC Honors
Woodwind Quintet she performed in Moscow as part of Sarah Caldwell's Making
Music Together Festival. Ms. Jackson was a three time finalist in Boston's Pappoutsakis
Flute Competition, winning second prize in 1989. Ms. Jackson has performed with
the Portland Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Boston Philharmonic and Central
Massachusetts Symphony. She is principal flutist with the New Hampshire Philharmonic and the Concord Orchestra where she has also been the featured soloist.
Ronald Kaye (oboe) is a member of the Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Harmonie Chamber Winds, and a substitute with the Esplanade Pops. Mr. Kaye holds a B.M. from St. Olaf College (Minnesota) and a M.M. from Peabody Conservatory. He currently teaches at the Concord and Newton public schools.
Carolyn Grant (clarinet) is a founding member of the Pentamerus Winds and has performed with the Bedford and Bach Society Orchestras. Ms. Grant is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music Pre-College program and holds an A.B. degree in History and Science from Harvard University. She is currently a computer programmer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Leo Kenen (bassoon), a founding member of the Pentamerus Winds, is a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony and the Nashua Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kenen hold a B.M. from the New England Conservatory and a M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University. Mr. Kenen is Chief System Architect for Digimarc ID Systems.
Ron Wold (French horn) is a freelance french horn player who has played in dozens of orchestras and other musical groups all over the world. In addition to his current Carroll County recital series, he plays in orchestras and other groups from New York to Maine and elsewhere.He holds a B.M. from the New England Conservatory. Mr. Wold's hobbies include tinkering with bicycles, tractors and diesel cars, growing new varieties of apple trees and dodging angry geese.
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