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Paul Won Jin ChoWelcome Paul Won Jin Cho!

Quintet of the Americas is delighted to welcome our new clarinetist Paul Won Jin Cho.

Born and raised in South Korea, Paul picked up the clarinet at the age of eleven. After winning first place at the Donga Competition in Seoul, he won the Koussevitzky Young Artists Award, the Leni Fe Bland Scholarship, T. D. Nyfenger Memorial Prize, and the Dean's Prize at Yale School of Music.

An alumnus of Ensemble ACJW by Carnegie Hall, Paul Won Jin Cho has performed throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the US with the organizations of American Youth Symphony, Asian Youth Orchestra, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, and Youth Orchestra of the Americas. He also enjoys his resident conductor tenure with Albano Ballet as he directs music of Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Ballet in December. He plays throughout New York City with organizations such as Associated Solo Artists, Decoda, Ensemble 212, and Le Train Bleu, as well as in the Broadway musical Les Misérables.

More about him at decodamusic.org/cho/.

Bios of our other members are at www.quintet.org/players.html

Chartwell DutiroFeatured Guest Artist Chartwell Dutiro

Chartwell Dutiro grew up in Zimbabwe and started playing mbira at the age of four. From his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he played at ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe's iconic Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist, and bandleader in the UK, Chartwell has cut a remarkable path through African music. Chartwell is a superb instrumentalist and a soulful singer. His
arrangements of Shona traditional music are both innovative and inspirational. He is also a gifted storyteller with a deep sense of history and a wry sense of humor. Chartwell draws on his experience growing up in rural, segregated Zimbabwe to build bridges between cultures. An evening in his presence is an unforgettable experience. Chartwell performs with the Quintet on September 12th, 13th and 17th.

Quintet receives CMA award for residency in the rockaways

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The Quintet has received a 2015-16 Residency Partnership Program Award for an extended residency in the Rockaways. Chamber Music America is the national service organization for chamber music professionals. CMA membership includes thousands of individual musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, composers, educators and others in the national chamber music community. CMA's Residency Partnership Program takes ensemble music out of the concert hall and into the community. The program supports creative collaborations between chamber music professionals and community organizations, bringing interactive performances and music education to new audiences across the country. The Quintet's residency, supported by the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund, is organized in partnership with the Rockaway Artists Alliance, P.S. 114 Belle Harbor School, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, West End Temple, and Beacon Rehabilitiation and Nursing Center. Our first residency activity takes place on Saturday, September 17th at 4:30PM at RAA at Fort Tilden.The residency will include Phase III of the Quintet's Memory Project. Composer Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin will write a new quintet based on the memories of seniors, many who have immigrated from the Caribbean.

See the Quintet on Youtube

New Memory Project work, "Retrospectives" by Harold Gutierrez on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4iVRrj-iQo

Memory Project post-concert interviews with students and parents from the Corona Youth Orchestra after our premiere performance of "Dreamers' March" for solo quintet and youth orchestra by Harold Gutierrez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYWhS2PhZFA

New NYSCA Commission "Variable Winds" by Daniel Ott on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQAKs__qfNc


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The Quintet on CD


The Quintet announces the release of its exciting new recording, SOUNDS OF BRAZIL, on the MSR label. The music includes choros, lullabies and songs by Gaudencio Thiago de Mello who performs with the Quintet on his unique organic percussion from the Amazon. Thiago plays with the Quintet on works by Ernesto Nazareth and Pixinguinha as well. The Quintet is proud to include Changes, a work they commissioned by Brazilian-American pianist and composer Marcelo Zarvos. Rounding out the CD is Ventos, another Quintet commission by a gifted young composer on the New York scene, Ricardo Romaneiro. Guest artists include Blair McMillen on piano and Scott Kuney on guitar.


Karel Husa Recollections on the New World Records label.

Dancing in Colombia on the MSR Label - 15 Colombian dances including bambucos, pasillos, bundes and paseos.

Self Portrait on the CRI label - avant garde music for Quintet including works by Pauline Oliveros, Elliot Sharp, Amy Rubin, Christopher Culpo and Lee Hyla

Discovering the New World on the MMC label - music from the Carnegie Hall Concert (Louis Ballard, William Thomas McKinley, Roberto Sierra, and "America (Suite Popular)" - Ilan Rechtman).

Souvenirs, 20 Musical Mementos from the New World on the XLNT label - Samuel Barber's "Summer Music" and many Quintet favorites.



Friday, November 13 - 1:15PM Veteran's Day Program - Celebrating America
at Elm-Cor Senior Center, 98-19 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, Queens, NY

Saturday, November 14 - 2PM at Beacon Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 140 Beach 113th Street
Rockaway Park, NY 11694 - Veteran's Day Program

Sunday, January 31, 2016 3PM- Pleasantville Chamber Music Society, Presbyterian Church, 400 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY

Watch for these dates in 2016 in the Rockaways:
3 more concerts at Beacon
concert at West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Ave, Neponsit, NY 11694
spring concert at Firehouse 59
spring concert Rockaway Artists Alliance at Fort Tilden
And these additional locations in Queens
Catholic Charities Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horace Harding Boulevard, Bayside
Salvation Army Queens Temple, 86-07 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights
Elm-Cor Senior Center, 98-19 Astoria Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY

The Quintet's concerts are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Our programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding comes from The Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Special thanks to the Hon. Melinda Katz, Borough President of Queens, and the Queens Delegation to the New York City Council.

Upcoming Concerts

Watch the Quintet play in "El Picaflor"

Quintet of the Americas visits the New York Hall of Science and Flushing Meadow Park. Hear El Picaflor (also available for download on Amazon from the Dancing in Colombia CD.)

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Listen Now   Wiggle Room
First movement of Short Winds (2010) by Sean Friar recorded live at Princeton University April 26, 2011
Listen Now   Sfumato I Vivace, by Yao Chen
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Listen Now   Sfumato II Adagio, by Yao Chen
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Listen Now   Sfumato III Capriccio, by Yao Chen
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Listen Now   Ambos Mundos, Shadow Quartet, Neil Rolnick
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Listen Now   Mo Suo's Burial Ceremony, by Xinyan Li
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