Orchestral Masterworks Series

The Orchestral Masterworks Series seeks to bring the awe and wonder of orchestral music into the more intimate setting of chamber music. 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 light. Works in this series can include everything from well known works such as Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition to lesser known works like William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony.

Orchestral Masterworks I closed out the Driftwood 2014 -15 season and Orchestral Masterworks II will close out  the 2015 - 2016 in May 2016. Stay tuned for more info!

  • Some Featured Composers are: Handel, Dukas, Florence Price, Shostakovich, Mahler, and William Grant Still
  • Approx. Running Time: 1 - 2 hours

Piano Works for 5

The arrangement of piano works into pieces for larger ensembles has long been a tool used by composers and arrangers to showcase and experiment with the many colors that an ensemble is capable of. Driftwood Quintet now adds its own spin on this tradition by providing a concert of piano works arranged for reed quintet.

  • Some Featured Composers are: Debussy, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Philip Glass, and Mussorgsky
  • Approx. Running Time: 1 hour

Carnival of the Animals: A Children's Concert

This interactive and energetic concert 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. 

  • Approx. Running Time: 30  - 60 minutes
  • Target Age: K - 5

Silent Movie Night: Phantom of the Opera Live!

This events presents a showing of the original 1925 silent horror film Phantom of the Opera accompanied by a live soundtrack played by the Driftwood Quintet.

This event will return to the Metro Phoenix area in Fall 2016.

Approx. Running Time: 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

The Black Vernacular in Classical Music

Often times throughout classical music history the works and contributions of minorities are often overshadowed or simply not discussed at all. This concert series seeks to trace the canon of African American classical music and examine how music of the African Diaspora is intertwined with history.

Some Featured Composers are: Valerie Coleman, Florence Price, Scott Joplin, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Approx Running Time: 60 - 90 minutes

The Journey Begins: Music of the 8-bit and Anime Worlds

The Journey Begins features music by some of the greatest composers and songwriter's of the anime and video game world. Audience members can expect to hear the imaginative melodies of Miyazaki's powerful films, the fun nostalgic tunes of the original Pokemon series and many more!

Some Featured Composers are: Joe Hisaishi, Nobuo Uematsu, and Junichi Masuda

Approx. Running Time: 60 minutes