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FEBRUARY 17, 2018 | DISCOVER! 8 | Sounds At a Glance: WHAT: WindSync in concert WHERE: Memorial Auditorium of Performing Arts, 714 13th St., Worthington, MN WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 COST: $15 at the door CONTACT: 507-376-4862 ONLINE: They are young and exciting and trying to ‘push the boundaries’ of traditional wind quintet playing. Brenda DeSmith KATE HARLOW | STAFF WRITER Blowing in the wind WindSync to perform in Worthington on Feb. 24 The Worthington Concert Association is bringing a group of musicians to the area who are putting a spin on classical wind music. WindSync, a prizewinning wind quintet based in Houston, will be performing at the Worthington Memorial Auditorium of Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. “They are young and exciting and trying to ‘push the boundaries’ of traditional wind quintet playing. They do much of their own arranging, which allows them to incorporate a dramatic or unexpected flavor to traditional music,” said Brenda DeSmith, with the Worthington Concert Association. “With their unique arrangements, they hope to make classical music more accessible and enjoyable to children, families and underserved audiences.” During the months of February and March, WindSync is touring the Midwest as a part of their “Great American Road Trip.” WindSync is composed of Garrett Hudson on flute, Emily Tsai on oboe, Julian Hernandez on clarinet, Kara LaMoure on basson and Anni Hochhalter on french horn. The group has performed all over the world including at the Schubert Club, Met Museum, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. “In its ninth season, the prizewinning Houston-based wind quintet builds highly thematic programs that feature landmark quintets, new works by American composers, and premiere arrangements of standard repertoire with the goal of increasing accessibility and cultural significance of wind chamber music,” according to their website. WindSync is on its way to Worthington thanks to the efforts of the Worthington Concert Association Board. “The Worthington Concert Association Board meets in the fall each year to select the performers for the next concert season. We try to select a variety of musical styles for each of the four concerts to appeal to the individual tastes of our audience. Every season, we like to include one concert that would lean more toward the classical genre of music. WindSync fills that spot for us this year,” DeSmith said. DeSmith is sure that WindSync will help shake up people’s preconceptions of what classic music sounds like. “We were excited to hear about them because so many people hear the words ‘classical music’ and they think ‘dull and boring.’ WindSync will keep the audience engaged and will make classical music fun and exciting,” DeSmith said. Even if you aren’t a classical music fan, DeSmith is sure that WindSync will still have something in their program for just about everyone. “The program selections are wide ranging and should have something to appeal to everyone. Composers range from Mozart to Copland to Bernstein,” DeSmith said. “The quintet has even included a selection by Chuck Berry, ‘Johnny B. Goode.’ Definitely not usually part of woodwind quintet’s repertoire.” F Worthington | Minnesota

DISCOVER! | FEBRUARY 17, 2018 Pieces | 9 RYLAN HOWE | STAFF WRITER At a Glance: WHAT: Pamela Douglas exhibit WHERE: Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 Hwy. 71, Okoboji WHEN: Feb. 1-March 10 COST: Free CONTACT: 712-332-7013 ONLINE: The Power of Pastel New exhibit up at Pearson Lakes Art Center As the gray weather continues outside it’s nice to get a splash of color now and then. A new exhibit at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji will certainly help brighten these remaining winter days. Pastel work by Pamela Douglas is on display through March 10 in the Weaver Lobby Gallery and McIlrath Landing Gallery. “The use of color, composition and organization in this still life work will be obvious to viewers,” said Danielle Clouse Gast, visual arts director. Each pastel still life features fruit, like pears and oranges, vegetables such as egg plant, and objects like pitchers and carafes. “My subject matter includes containers, vessel and organic objects that have specific orientation set in space,” Douglas says in her artist statement. These objects are set against vibrant, colorful patterns and backdrops. In Douglas’s artist statement she says, “my work has evolved from a tradition approach to investigations of the dimensional use of color. Still lifes have moved from random ordering to the gravitation of objects with specific orientation set in spaces. These are then structured by the impact of color.” In addition to the use of color and composition, of Douglas’s work, there is a level of technique that makes each item stick out and draw in the viewer. Use of complimentary colors helps make certain hues stand out, and a formula of layering pastels creates highlights and depth. Douglas notes that she enjoys how “complements help broaden the tonal range in my paintings and enrich contrasts. Using complements also establishes color balance and harmony in my compositions and sets objects in space.” The balance of the soft curves of organic shapes against sharp, straight lines of the geometric patterns in the backdrop provides another layer of contrast and interest for the viewer. “She uses a very technical approach to her craft,” Clouse Gast said. “Not using just white but, instead, layering colors for a natural highlight.” Douglas also collects textiles to use for backdrops and works directly from her subjects in her studio. And now those subjects are presented to the public for the next month at Pearson Lakes Art Center. “These are real nice, beautiful examples of pastel work,” Clouse Gast said. “With the snow and how white it is outside it’s great to walk in see all this color. It certainly warms things up for February.” F Okoboji | Iowa