Madera Winds opens library concert series

The November winds may be blowing strong outside, but inside in Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room it will be the sounds of the Madera Winds quintet when it joins with Western Connecticut State University faculty member and pianist Laurel Larsen in a recital of two piano/wind sextets.

The free concert, Piano Takes Five, opens the library’s Connecticut’s Own Concert Series on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 5. To commemorate Veterans Day, one sextet is composed by WWI veteran Gordon Jacob, written as a dedication to a war veteran and famous British horn player. The program will end with the notable chamber music repertoire piece, Sextet Op. 6 by Austrian composer, Ludwig Thuille.

The Madera Winds was formed in 2012 and is a blend of Connecticut musicians who have performed over the last 30 years in other chamber music groups in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County. The quintet includes founding members Ralph Kirmser (oboe) and Janet Atherton (clarinet), Marjorie Seymour Callaghan (horn) ,Rosemary Dellinger (bassoon), and Kerry Walker (flute).

Larsen, a pianist and assistant professor of music at WCSU, is originally from Connecticut, spent years teaching and performing in South Carolina, and has returned to her home state to teach at WCSU and to perform.

Registration is strongly recommended. Visit or call 203-762-6334.  Wilton Library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center.