On August 6, 2017, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival featured the music of Daron Hagen and Gwyneth Walker in “Coffee and Kids,” an interactive concert of family-friendly works for woodwind quintet.
Daron Hagen, Lilly Sketches
The concert included the world premiere of Hagen‘s Lilly Sketches, based on the beloved mouse who stars in Kevin Henkes‘ popular children book, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Hagen based this arrangement for woodwind quintet on a 1998 commission from the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for narrator and orchestra.
Gwyneth Walker, FUN-damentals of Music
Gwyneth Walker‘s FUN-damentals of Music (2004) for woodwind quintet with audience participation is made up of four movements: “Rhythm,” “Melody,” Harmony,” and “Form.” This commission by the Equinox Chamber Players serves to be both fun and educational. Each movement focuses on one component of music, the members of the quintet lead the audience in a series of clapping, humming, and arm movements.