Harmonious winds blow at Wilton Library concert
The popular Madera Winds performs in the first Connecticut’s Own concert of the New Year in Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. The Madera Winds, formed in 2012, is a blend of Connecticut musicians who have performed over the last 30 years in other chamber music groups in Wilton as well as throughout Fairfield County. The musicians are Ralph Kirmser (oboe) of Wilton, Janet Atherton (clarinet) of Norwalk, Rosemary Dellinger (bassoonist) and Jan van den Berg (flute).
They will perform Winter Winds, a program of woodwind trios and quartets. It is an eclectic mix of styles, time periods and composers ranging from Jacques Ibert to a piece from the opera Don Giovanni to ragtime with Scott Joplin.
Ralph Kirmser of Wilton was a founding member of Prevailing Winds Quintet since the 1980s. He was a principal oboist for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra during his undergraduate days at Dartmouth. He performed with Orvieto Musica, Orvieto, Italy and has given numerous performances in and around Fairfield County, including previous engagements in the Brubeck Room. He is oboist for Morningside Wind Quintet of New York City. Kirmser is a cardiologist in Fairfield.
Janet Atherton of Norwalk was also a founding member of the Prevailing Winds Quintet. She is a member of the Connecticut Little Symphony and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and teaches instrumental music in the Greenwich Public School System. She has appeared numerous times on the Brubeck Room stage as a member of Prevailing Winds, Connecticut Little Symphony and Madera Winds.
Rosemary Dellinger had begun graduate studies at the Yale School of Music when she decided to take a position as principal bassoonist of La Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo in Venezuela. Upon her return, she pursued a degree in Spanish and teaches the language at Cider Mill School. She continues her musical aspirations by playing in several orchestras and groups in the area including the Connecticut Little Symphony, with which she has performed in the Brubeck Room, along with The Madera Winds.
Jan van den Berg moved here from The Netherlands where he was the founding member of the Bourdon Wind Quintet. He studied the modern flute with Frans Vester at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the traverso (baroque flute) with Barthold Kuyken in Antwerp, Belgium. He was solo flutist with various symphony orchestras and chamber music groups in The Netherlands. As a chamber musician and professor, he played and tutored throughout Europe, as well as Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.