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WindRose Trio meets Onyx String Quartet in a rare performance this Sunday at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

There’s definitely an amusement park quality to the name of WindRose Trio’s second concert of the season.

As spokesperson Beth Levia (oboe) explains, it’s the woodwind trio’s 10th anniversary and they wanted to keep it light and playful.

“We were thinking of it as musical treats,” says Levia. The trio’s other two members are Matthew Howatt (bassoon) and Rob Spady (clarinet).

To commemorate this special season, WindRose has invited Onyx String Quartet, featuring some of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s finest string players, to perform with them on Sunday, March 29 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

The afternoon recital starts with three Mozart selections. An overture from one of his divertimenti for reed trio opens the program. Following is a charming sonata for bassoon and cello. The first half closes with Mozart’s celebrated oboe quartet with violin, viola and cello.

“It’s very flashy – lots of fast runs and high notes. It’s full of great tunes.”

The second half delivers C.M. von Weber’s lush Clarinet Quintet and Gustav Holst’s rarely performed Sextet For Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Cello.

The recital starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and seniors. To purchase, call 780-420-1757; also available at the door.

MacEwan University’s March Month of Music concludes this Sunday with Contemporary Combos, a class of four ensembles.

As part of the third year Bachelor of Music program, about 20 students studying under award-winning jazz drummer Sandro Dominelli are divided into four ensembles.

All the students play in other bands and are in this class to develop expanded skills in performing, composing and arranging.

“These kids are pretty talented. We just try to make them sharper,” said Dominelli.

The Neu-trinos create a cocktail of jazz, pop and rock whereas the trio 2 Men stick to playing jazz and pop arrangements with a few originals thrown into the mix.

The Steve Clapp Project (named after the bassist) rocks out with Jim Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Allman Brothers and Lennon-McCartney material.

The fourth ensemble has dubbed itself The Unoriginals.

“The Unoriginals are very funny because they are totally original. All their music is original,” laughs Dominelli.

He is particularly happy with the concert’s diversity of music.

“These kids are being goofy about their names. But they are totally serious about the music. They’re having fun and growing as musicians, performers, composers, arrangers and people. It’s all positive.”

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. and at John L. Haar Theatre, Centre for Arts and Communications, 10045 – 156 St. Tickets are $11.75/adults and $9.95/students, seniors. Call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at tixonthesquare.ca.

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