TCA Edge Series
May
19
6:00 PM18:00

TCA Edge Series

Join us at Tempe’s hottest gathering spot, featuring FREE live music, great food and cocktails in a laid-back atmosphere overlooking Tempe Town Lake.

Fridays and Saturdays | 6 - 8 pm
Free Live Music | Food | Drinks | No Cover

Bar opens at 5 pm. Music starts at 6 pm.

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Orchestral Masterworks IV
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Orchestral Masterworks IV

  • Glendale Civic Center Annex, Room Diamond B (map)
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Driftwood Quintet returns to Glendale's Centerline District to host three chamber music performances in collaboration with local businesses that hold large value to their community. Orchestral Masterworks IV is the final residency performance. All performances in the residency are free and open to the public.

The Orchestral Masterworks Series seeks to bring the awe and wonder of orchestral music into the more intimate chamber concert setting. This series not only allows audience members who would not otherwise go to a symphony hall concert to be exposed to orchestral music, but also allows those familiar with orchestral music to experience it in a different way. This fourth annual installment will showcase Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, works by minority composers such as African American composers Scott Joplin and Mexican composer Arturo Marquez, and a special performance of William Grant Still’s Mother and Child featuring violin soloist Patricia Cole.

Funding for this project is provided by the City of Glendale's Centerline District Arts & Cultural Initiative.

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Storytime with Driftwood
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Storytime with Driftwood

Driftwood Quintet returns to Glendale's Centerline District to host three chamber music performances in collaboration with local businesses that hold large value to their community. All performances in the residency are free and open to the public.

This fun interactive concert for children pairs stories such as Aesop’s Fables and "Where the Wild Things Are" with classical music to help introduce young audiences to classical instruments. The concert ends with an interactive musical journey where the audience gets choose their own musical adventure.

Funding for this project is provided by the City of Glendale's Centerline District Arts & Cultural Initiative.

More info and updates available here.

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Level Up! Music from TV and Games
May
5
12:00 PM12:00

Level Up! Music from TV and Games

Driftwood Quintet returns to Glendale's Centerline District to host three chamber music performances in collaboration with local businesses that hold large value to their community. All performances in the residency are free and open to the public.

The first residency performance is hosted by Drawn To Comics in celebration of the Drawn To Comics Free Comic Book Day Festival. This performance sees Driftwood Quintet team up with video game jazz bandDratini on the Rocks and Nintendocore rock band minibosses to provide an afternoon music line-up featuring music from video games, movies, and other pop culture. The final performance of the day will feature Driftwood Quintet and Dratini on the Rocks combine to perform two pieces as a 10-piece band.

Line Up:
12pm - 1pm: minibosses
1:30pm - 2.30pm: Dratini on the Rocks
3pm - 4pm: Driftwood Quintet

Funding for this project is provided by the City of Glendale's Centerline District Arts & Cultural Initiative.

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Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite
Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite

The Driftwood Quintet pairs with a jazz trio to present Tchaikovsky's famous Nutcracker Suite, the Duke Ellington way. The ensemble's three arrangers have transformed Ellington's big band work into a brand new way to experience The Nutcracker. This featured piece will be performed with other Driftwood jazz favorites and seasonal tunes.

Tickets: $20 ($10 w/student ID)
Advance tickets available here

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Phantom of the Opera Live!
Dec
3
4:00 PM16:00

Phantom of the Opera Live!

Driftwood Quintet is bringing back our production of the original 1925 silent horror film, Phantom of the Opera, accompanied by a live soundtrack. Join us for our opening performance of the season and our inaugural performance at the intimately beautiful Kerr Cultural Center
Tickets and more info available here.

Trailer

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Downtown Glendale Residency #3 - Orchestral Masterworks III
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Downtown Glendale Residency #3 - Orchestral Masterworks III

Driftwood Quintet brings in its third annual Orchestral Masterworks concert with more original arrangements of history’s greatest orchestral works. Pieces performed will include Mvmt. 1 from Mahler’s 1st Symphony “The Titan”, Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, and November by film composer Max Richter and featuring violin soloist Clarice Collins.

This event is free and open to the public.

Orchestral Masterworks III is the final performance in the Driftwood Quintet Downtown Glendale Residency. More info about this final program can be found at driftwoodquintet.com/downtown-glendale-residency.

This project is funded by the City of Glendale's Centerline Arts and Cultural Initiative.

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Downtown Glendale Residency #2 - Carnival of the Animals
May
11
6:30 PM18:30

Downtown Glendale Residency #2 - Carnival of the Animals

This interactive and energetic concert at the Velma Teague Public Library utilizes Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals and the companion poetry by Ogden Nash to help kids learn about the different instruments of a reed quintet and how their different sounds are utilized. Following Carnival of the Animals will be a performance of Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice as made famous by the Disney film, Fantasia.

This event is free and open to the public.

This children's concert is the second of three performances in the Driftwood Quintet Downtown Glendale Residency. More info about the this and the final residency performance on May 21st can be found atdriftwoodquintet.com/downtown-glendale-residency.

This project is funded by the City of Glendale's Centerline Arts and Cultural Initiative.

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Downtown Glendale Residency #1 - Video Day Concert
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Downtown Glendale Residency #1 - Video Day Concert

In partnership with local comic book store, Drawn to Comics, Driftwood Quintet is presenting a concert of music from popular video games, movies, and anime. Joining Driftwood on stage will be video game jazz band Dratini on the Rocks.

This video game concert is the first of three free performances in the Driftwood Quintet Downtown Glendale Residency. More info about the following two residency performances in May can be found atdriftwoodquintet.com/downtown-glendale-residency.

This event is free and open to the public.

This project is funded by the City of Glendale's Centerline Arts and Cultural Initiative.

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Performances at the Museum: Black Composers Throughout History
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Performances at the Museum: Black Composers Throughout History

Driftwood Quintet will take you on a musical journey as they trace the history and musical trends of black composers throughout time. The concert will open with a piece from one of the earliest known black composers Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) and end with a performance of LA-based composer Corey Dundee's Special Ops. which took the grand prize in the 2013 Calefax Reed Quintet International Composition Competition. Other composers being featured are Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and the Harlem Rennaissance composer William Grant Still.

More info available here

Program List:
Symphony in D Major, Op. 11, n. 2 (G74) - Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges/Holley
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (from 24 Negro Melodies, Op. 59) - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor/Holley
Afro-American Symphony Mvmt 1. - William Grant Still/Holley
Special Ops. - Corey Dundee

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Salon at the Garden: Music Inspired by Folk Tales
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

Salon at the Garden: Music Inspired by Folk Tales

MUSIC INSPIRED BY FOLK TALES AND FAIRY TALES
Stories are the almost invisible strands that link us to one another and to the accumulated wisdom of the past, and music is the gentle force that amplifies their meaning for each person. The Salon will be a special musical experience and an opportunity for us to connect with story tellers that have made their voices eternal.

In opera, The Magic Flute, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel are folk tales translated into a fantastic form of musical theater. In dance, Sleeping Beauty, The Song of the Nightingale, Cinderella, and the Nutcracker are examples of fairy tales turned into ballet productions. Examples of truly beautiful classical music inspired by fairy tales are Stravinsky’s Firebird, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Nights. 

In the modern world of film and theater the list of great musical pieces is not less impressive as the power of storytelling is magnified for the masses in the work of great studios. Let’s remember the impact on our imagination of Pocahontas’ Color of the Wind, Aladdin’s A Whole New World, and Phantom of the Opera’s All I Ask from You.

The program:
Driftwood Quintet will perform Sootballs from Hayao Miyazaki's film "Spirited Away", Of Knights and Kings by local composer Kincaid Rabb, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas and made famous by Mickey Mouse in the film "Fantasia".

Helene Bergeon, soprano, will take us into the world Edith Piaf using her songs to retell the life of this iconic French singer. 

Cinnamon Twist Celtic Music, will perform Ned of the Hill (a traditional romantic Irish ballad), Weary Fay Ye Duncan Gray, To a Mouse, and To the Weaver's Gin Ye Go (all by Robert Burns), and Fire Fairies, an original by Anne James. Their performance will also be a tribute to the poetic and musical genius of Robert Burns, one of great characters of the Scottish Cultural History.

Bracken Irish Dance Ensemble – Dancers are in the Champions Category and are World Qualifiers (i.e. for the 2017 World Championship). They will perform classical dance pieces from the Irish traditional repertoire. A presentation that incorporates all the fascinating power and exuberance of traditional Celtic dance. 

Doors open at 5:30 pm, performances begin at 6:00pm. Tickets $20. 100% of ticket proceeds go to the performers. Email zerioj@gmail.com if you have not received instructions to acquire tickets, or if you have a friend who wants to attend it. Exact address is provided upon acquisition of tickets. Seating is limited. Wine and small bites served at the intermission. 

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May
22
2:30 PM14:30

Orchestral Masterworks II

We'll be closing out this season with our second annual Orchestral Masterworks concert. Come out to hear our interpretations of masterful works by some of the most accomplished orchestral composers throughout classical music history such as Mahler, Villa-Lobos, Dvrak, and more!

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Phantom of the Opera Live!
May
1
6:30 PM18:30

Phantom of the Opera Live!

Come join us for this exciting showing of the 1925 silent film that caused audience members to scream and faint at its premiere. This unique showing of Phantom of the Opera will a feature a live soundtrack consisting of your favorite classical pieces and performed by your favorite local reed quintet.

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Driftwood Quintet @ The Nash Featuring John Meier
Apr
15
7:30 PM19:30

Driftwood Quintet @ The Nash Featuring John Meier

We'll be headed down to the Nash to play two sets for contemporary Jazz night. The first set will feature classical pieces that showcase the heavy influences that jazz can have in contemporary classical music.
The second set will showcase new pieces written for us by local jazz guitarists John Meier for reed quintet, jazz guitar, and drumset.

Tickets:
$15 or $8 w/ student ID

More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725836427630971/

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Driftwood Quintet Barro's Pizza Fundraiser
Mar
31
11:00 AM11:00

Driftwood Quintet Barro's Pizza Fundraiser

Come on out and support the Driftwood Quintet as we prepare to travel to the Fresh Inc. Festival while also enjoying pizza, wings, or whatever you want! Just mention the Driftwood Quintet Fundraiser before you order and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the group to help us attend the Festival. Good any time during the day, this Thursday (3/31/16).

Run by the Chicago-based Fifth-House Ensemble, The Fresh Inc Festival takes place at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, right off Lake Michigan, on June 5-19. Through this two-week festival we will not only be coached by members of 5HE, but we will also perform in various venues around Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Chicago, collaborate with other musicians as well as composers and artists of other mediums, and learn how to better network and market ourselves as an ensemble. 

We are so excited to have this opportunity to participate in the Fresh Inc Festival! Although we were accepted and offered a scholarship, we will need much more to be able to attend. The festival fees are extremely reasonable, they include not only festival costs but also housing and meals, (and even headshots!), however we also need to raise money for travel expenses as well. Besides this fundraiser, we have a gofundme link where you can learn more about the festival or donate to us directly:https://www.gofundme.com/8ypdfrd7

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Classic(al) Kickback
Mar
19
to Mar 20

Classic(al) Kickback

  • 1317 West Laird Street Tempe, AZ, 85281 United States (map)
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Driftwood Quintet is bringing in our first house show of the year with a performance of our program of piano works which will feature Mussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition" as well as works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Debussy, and Schoenberg.

Playing with us through the night will be Mama Butane and local chamber-folk band North Brother Island who will be performing songs from their latest album Far North. They will also be joining us for a collaborative performance of Julius Eastman's open score piece "Gay Guerilla".

Price at the door is $6 (cash or card).
We'll also have free soda and snacks as well as a keg for those over 21.
Where's Waffle will also be there selling delicious gourmet waffle treats if you want something heftier to eat. 

Doors open at 8.30. Music starts at 9.

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Musical Maps hosted by OME
Nov
22
1:00 PM13:00

Musical Maps hosted by OME

  • 1023 Grand Avenue Phoenix, AZ, 85007 United States (map)
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Musical Maps are visual art expressions created during shared musical listening experiences.
The featured piece on this performance will be our arrangements of Carnival of the Animals with readings of the poems by Ogden Nash.
Event opens at 1pm with Driftwood performing at 2pm.
Art Supplies and Snacks provided.

Tickets: Free!

More info here.
 

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