This preview has been provided by Chamber Music Wilmington.

Chamber Music Wilmington is proud to announce the fourth concert in its season series, VENTUS.  This delightful woodwind quintet will present an evening of French music that is captivating, light-hearted, and humor-filled on Sunday evening, January 27, at 7:30 in Beckwith Recital Hall, UNCW Cultural Arts Building.

The VENTUS wind ensemble, all faculty of the University of North Carolina’s incomparable School of the Arts, play together often, and most of its members have appeared on our stage before in one role or another.  They include Tadeu Coelho, flute; David Jolley, French horn; Robin Driscoll, oboe; Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinet; and Saxton Rose, bassoon.  They are joined by Chamber Music Wilmington’s own Barbara McKenzie on piano.

The program offers some of France’s favorite musical voices including Debussy, Poulenc, Milhaud, Dukas , and Ibert, and the sheer joy of wind playing will be evident in every piece. For pure exhilarating delight, no music besides Mozart’s surpasses the 20th Century French school of wind writing.  In the scintillating artistic atmosphere of Paris in the early decades of the last century, nearly all composers wrote wind music, and it was all good.  This is music that is close to the earth, full of folk influence without direct quotation, full of feeling without great gravity.  This music is seldom profound, but always sophisticated.  It derives its importance not from intellectual or emotional depth, but from mastery of compositional technique, harmonic and melodic beauty, and the sometimes none-too-subtle idiosyncrasy of the composers.  Here is elegant chamber music that works as well in an outdoor café – maybe even a jazz club – as well as it does in a formal salon.

Individual tickets for “Ventus” are $25, and can be ordered by mail at Kenan Box Office, 601 College Road, Wilmington NC 28403 or by phoning 910-962-3500. Tickets may also be purchased at the door or on line at There are discounts for students and members of the military.

CMW can be reached by phone at 910-343-1079.  View us on the web at

Chamber Music Wilmington is funded in part by a grant from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.