Gallery concert series returns

On Jan. 18 at 2pm the gallery concert series returns to the Wellington County Museum.

The many appreciative followers of these affordable and varied music programs will welcome back the Venturi Winds of Guelph. Tickets  are $7 and available at the door with access to all exhibitions of the museum included. There is on site parking, a wheelchair accessible washroom and an elevator to the concert hall.

For the performance, Brad Moggach will join the Venturi Winds in the Beethoven Quintet for Piano and wind quartet. This work is part of the composer’s Opus 16 chamber music, dedicated to wind instruments. Based on Mozart’s Piano Quintet it is much more a work for piano with wind accompaniment and although an early work, it demonstrates Beethoven’s great attention to thematic development.  

Also on the program is a rarely performed work by a relatively unknown composer, August Klughardt. It is welcomed as one of only a handful of pieces for wind quintet in the romantic style, written around 1900. Klughardt was influenced by both Liszt and Wagner.

The concert will also include Variations on a Folksong by Jan Pieters Sweelinck, a renowned organist of the early 17th century.

This version is a transcription from the organ, following the original closely. Expertly worked by Ernest Lubin for the New York Wind Quintet in 1965, the wind quintet voicing gives it an almost contemporary sound.