The Fredonia Woodwind Quintet
A faculty ensemble in residence at the School of Music at the State University of
New York at Fredonia, the Fredonia Woodwind Quintet tours of New York have taken them
to all corners of the state, playing community concerts and giving educational performances
and workshops. Established in 1950, the quintet’s performances have been described
as “excellent – unforgettable – inspirational,” and have inspired a renaissance of
woodwind chamber music programs in high schools and colleges.
Western New York Chamber Orchestra
Glen Cortese, Artistic Director and Conductor
The musicians in our orchestra bring an amazing range of talent, training and experience
to King Concert Hall. Their backgrounds represent virtually every major school of
music and conservatory in the country. Many former members of our orchestra are now
in major symphony orchestras throughout the United States. These musicians’ love of
music and of this orchestra brings them from all over Western New York and Pennsylvania
to rehearse and perform together. Several of them often stay with friends of the orchestra
during rehearsal weeks. This ensemble of outstanding players includes faculty at the
Fredonia School of Music at SUNY Fredonia and professional musicians from the Buffalo,
Rochester and Erie areas, and even further away.
Independence Jazz Reunion
The Independence Jazz Reunion originated in 1957 in Philadelphia at the University
of Pennsylvania under the name of Pennsylvania's Six-Pence. At that time three of
the boys were attending high school and three were attending the University of Pennsylvania.
Now, nearly 45 years since those wonderful musical memories, these lifelong friends
are rekindling their boyhood dreams reinventing their refreshing and innovative music,
and playing the spectrum of jazz entertainment.
Chautauqua Youth Chorus
The Chautauqua Youth Chorus (formerly called the Chautauqua Children’s Chorale) was
formed in 1988, by Nancy A. Krestic and Dr. Donald P. Lang. It was formed with the
mission to promote excellence in singing and musical growth, and give a different
dimension to the choral experience for children. The Chorale is made up of three choirs
of children ages 8 to 17: Preparatory Choir, Intermediate Choir and Concert Chorale.
There are approximately 125 singers in Chorale. All three choirs perform a wide variety
of music, including sacred, classical, secular choral music and contemporary music
written specifically for unchanged voices and the concert stage. Periodically the
Chorale has commissioned choral works written specifically for them.