$15 General Admission
Sagar Anupindi, oboe
Mickayla Chapman, clarinet
Sean Meyers, saxophone
Danny Mui, bass clarinet
Joseph Swift, bassoon
The Vanguard Reed Quintet (VRQ) is committed to breaking new musical ground, increasing the depth and diversity of the reed quintet’s core repertoire, and engaging audiences with innovative, adventurous, and inspiring musical experiences. The ensemble consists of five colleagues who met as students at the University of Michigan: Sagar Anupindi (oboe), Mickayla Chapman (clarinet), Sean Meyers (saxophone), Danny Mui (bass clarinet), and Joseph Swift (bassoon).
Since 2016, VRQ has commissioned new compositions from seven young composers including Douglas Hertz, whose work From Lidless Eyes (Time Knows No Bounds) was recently featured at the 2017 Midwest Composers’ Symposium. These works will be featured on VRQ’s debut album to be recorded in summer 2018. The ensemble’s commitment to deep collaboration with fellow musicians and artists results in performances that elevate the reed quintet’s versatility, sensitivity, and power and “connect [the] audience with the intentions of the composer.”
The Vanguard Reed Quintet took second place at the Dale & Nancy Briggs Chamber Music Competition in 2017, where they received an award for the best performance of a work by a University of Michigan student or graduate. In addition, VRQ has been selected as a quarterfinalist ensemble for the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, taking place in May. The ensemble has been featured at the A-maize-ing SMTD (School of Music, Theatre, and Dance) concert in honor of the University of Michigan’s bicentennial celebration at the SMTD’s Annual Scholarship Showcase. In addition, VRQ will perform on a concert of premieres at National Sawdust in August 2018.
"Akropolis have been really great mentors and friends to us as we’ve started on the path to becoming a professional chamber ensemble. A number of our members took a class that Kari, Akropolis’s clarinetist, teaches at UofM called 'Business of Chamber Music'. They were the first reed quintet to come together at UofM, and we’ve been the second."
$15 General Admission