The First Brass of Sarasota & I Solisti d’ Oneco, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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presents a world premiere performance

The I Solisti d’ Oneco Woodwind Quintet will present a spring concert that will feature a new composition by Gwyneth Walker, titled “Brevities by the Bay.”  


Other pieces included in the program are Percy Grainger’s “Walking Tune #3”, Eight Brazilian Folk Tunes by Heitor Vilal-Lobos, Cheerleaders by Truman Harris, just to name a few.  Some are arranged by I Solisti’s own Trevor Cramer and Don Stewart.


The world premiere of “Brevities by the Bay” will be performed by I Solisti on April 9 at a private event and they will reprise this marvelous production at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2705 N. Tmiami Trail, Nokomis, FL on April 18 at 6:30 p.m.


Tickets are $13.00 in advance – $15.00 at the door

Students (18 and under) are free!



Click here to purchase tickets or call 941-928-0296
You may also pick them up at the church office.

Woodwind Quintet
Don Stewart, clarinet –  Michelle Nicollette, oboe
Gary Reinstrom, horn –  Dale Jensen, flute
& Trevor Cramer, bossoon

“Brevities by the Bay”


Gwyneth Walker


This music was composed during a Winter sojourn in Sarasota, Florida.  The composer’s desk overlooks Sarasota Bay.  Thus, the waterfront imagery and lifestyle inspire the “Brevities.”


1.  It is often windy by the water.  Pedestrians scurry by, propelled by the breeze.  Walking against the wind requires energy.  “Gusts”of wind come and go.


2. Musical intervals unfold in stepwise progression to and from concert Bb.  Breaks in the clouds yield “Intervals of Sunshine.”


3.  The ocean speaks with a voice of the heart.  Thus, the “Call of the Sea” presents a mournful song from the oboe.


4.  Florida is not truly Caribbean.  But life in the Florida Keys has a tropical flavor. “Island Rhythms” fill the imagination.







Gwyneth Walker


Widely performed throughout the country, the music of American composers Gwyneth Walker is beloved by performers and audiences alike for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama, and humor.  Dr. Gwyneth Walker is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music.  She holds B.A., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Music Composition.  A former faculty member of the Oberlin College Conservatory, she resigned from academic employment in 1982 in order to pursue a career as a full-time composers.


For nearly 30 years, she lived on a dairy farm in Braintree, Vermont.  She now divides her time between her childhood hometown of New Canaan, Connecticut and the musical communities of Sarasota, Florida and Randolph, Vermont.


Gwyneth Walker has been a proud resident of Vermont for may years.  She is a recipient of the Year 2000 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Vermont Arts Council as well as the 2008 “Athenaeum Award for Achievement in the Arts and Humanities” from the St. Johnsbury (VT) Athenaeum.  In 2012, she was elected as a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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