Madera Winds on Sunday

The Madera Winds returns to Wilton Library for a free Connecticut’s Own concert on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. Originally scheduled to perform this past February but put on ice by a snowstorm, the quintet will perform chamber music by Debussy, Malcolm Arnold, George Gershwin, and a piece by Paquito D’Rivera, as a special nod to the library’s Wilton Reads selection, Waiting for Snow in Havana.

The members include Ralph Kirmser (oboe), Janet Atherton (clarinet), Rosemary Dellinger (bassoon), Zach Glavan (horn), and Joanne Hiscocks (flute).

Kirmser was a founding member of Prevailing Winds Quintet since the 1980s.  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.  He lives in Wilton and is a cardiologist in Fairfield.  

Atherton is also was a founding member of the Prevailing Winds Quintet. She is a member of the Connecticut Little Symphony and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.  A resident of Norwalk, she teaches instrumental music in the Greenwich Public School System.

Dellinger has performed as principal bassoonist of La Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo in Venezuela. Upon returning to the U.S., she pursued a degree in Spanish and is a language teacher at Cider Mill School. She continues to perform with the Connecticut Little Symphony and The Madera Winds.

Glavan has performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Daejeon Philharmonic (South Korea), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra (Spain), BCN 216 (Barcelona), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and the Macau Orchestra. He lives in New York City working in North American radio promotion, representing acts such as Coldplay, Major Lazer, Arctic Monkeys, Flume and Ellie Goulding.

A member of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years, Hiscocks teaches extensively and freelances throughout Connecticut.

The Connecticut’s Own concert series showcases musicians who live or perform in Connecticut. Registration is strongly suggested: or 203-762-6334.