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New Recording Released Featuring a Pacific Faculty and Alumnus

Feb 2, 2012

Music From the Americas, the newest CD by the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet has been released on the Summit Label.  The Pacific connection to this recording is notable.  Three of the works were recorded by bassoonist Nicolasa Kuster before she left the LWQ to join the faculty at Pacific.  The other two pieces on the disk were completed by bassoonist Scott Oakes, a Pacific Conservatory of Music graduate who now holds the position vacated by Kuster.   The Lieurance Woodwind Quintet has firmly established its reputation as a premiere chamber ensemble. More than a regional quintet, the group maintains an active teaching and performing schedule, including concerts, radio broadcasts, seminars, and workshops at home and abroad.  The Lieurance Woodwind Quintet takes its name from Thurlow Lieurance, a Kansas composer and noted historian of Native American music, who served as the first dean of the College of Fine Arts at Wichita State University. The members of the quintet serve as faculty artists at WSU and also as principal players in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble has been received enthusiastically concertizing at major musical venues, including the Library of Congress and Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Merkin and Carnegie Recital Halls in New York City, Composers, Inc. in San Francisco, and throughout Europe and Central America. The Lieurance Woodwind Quintet has recieved the Kansas Governor's Arts Award.  "...the Lieurance musicians always sustained depth and sensitivity in their playing." -The Washington Post

 To order the CD, visit the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet website or find it on Amazon

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