Borealis Wind Quintet, like the Spectacular Aurora Borealis, displays a
brilliant array of sparkling color and magic in the music they perform.
Nominated for a Grammy in 2006, they are without question the major wind
quintet of our time.
Their warm yet commanding stage presence, combined with great music, always
captivates the audience. Engaging and delightful, the Borealis brings a fresh
sound and an exciting program to each performance. They are recognized for
their fundamental contributions to the wind quintet literature with their many
commissions, recordings, and editions of rare and traditional music.
Their tours have taken them to major halls throughout the U.S. including Weill
Hall (Carnegie) in New York, the Frick Museum, Princeton, Notre Dame, Wolf
Trap, Four Seasons in Berkeley, Strathmore in Maryland and the Corning Museum
in New York, just to name a few. The Borealis recordings number five with one
Grammy nomination. The latest, Borealis En Salon, is both lush and elegant.
The Monmouth Winds, formed in 2009, features five
musicians from the Garden State: Jenny Cline, flute; Nicholas Gatto, oboe;
Richard Grossman, clarinet; Richard Sachs, horn; and Linda Balavram, bassoon.
They have been steadily building a following, delighting audiences in the
tri-state area with their entertaining performances of eclectic
repertoire. Lately they have been busy commissioning new works for their
ensemble, including works by Jeffrey Scott, Gary Schocker, Daniel Dorff, David
Evan Thomas and Laurence Dresner. They have performed at the 2013 (New
Orleans) and 2015 (Washington, D.C.) National Flute Association conventions,
and they will be premiering their next commission, a work by Eric Ewazen, at
the Juilliard School this fall.