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Wavelength Winds

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Wavelength Winds and special guests Rita Sloan and Kevin Hertlein perform a program of sextets as part of the DC Public Library and Goethe Institut Chamber Music at Noon series. 

Free and open to the public

HIDAS FRIGYES - 1 + 5 Sextet
BILLY CHILDS - A Day in the Forest of Dreams
PAUL JUON - Divertimento

Co-presented by DC Public Library, Goethe Institut, and Washington Performing Arts' Mars Urban Arts Initiative 


Rita Sloan is acknowledged internationally as a leading teacher of piano, collaborative piano and chamber music. In 1999, she was appointed a piano faculty member and director of the collaborative piano program at the University of Maryland. As an artist faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival, Sloan founded Aspen’s collaborative piano program. She has performed as soloist with both the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony, as well as in chamber music with many of Aspen’s distinguished guest artists, including pianists Wu Han and Orli Shaham, violinists Sarah Chang and Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, cellist Gary Hoffman, bassist Edgar Meyer and flutist Emmanuel Pahud. Teaching residencies and master class presentations have included Tainan National University of the Arts and National Normal University in Taiwan, China Conservatory in Beijing, China, leading universities in Seoul, Korea, London’s Royal College of Music, American universities and conservatories including numerous visits to the Juilliard School in New York. Sloan has performed with orchestra, in recital, and in chamber music throughout the U.S., Europe, South America and Japan. She has been a guest in many chamber music venues and has performed with members of the Emerson and Guarneri String Quartets. Born in Russia to Polish parents, Sloan graduated from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Martin Canin and Rosina Lhévinne. Further studies were with Leon Fleisher, Aube Tzerko, Herbert Stessin, and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Kevin Hertlein is a currently a doctoral student in trombone at the University of Maryland.

Wavelength Winds is a Maryland-based wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn) that creates innovative projects, commissions new music, and engages in collaborations that put classical music in a culturally relevant context. The group is committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire, and they have commissioned four new works in the past year. Their Classically Dope project, a collaboration with Konshens The MC, was featured as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Day of Action in Anacostia in November 2018.

About the Mars Urban Arts Initiative
The Mars Urban Arts Initiative (MUAI) is a creative platform for Washington Performing Arts and the D.C. community to celebrate and empower local artists through performances, unique educational programs, and interdisciplinary grassroots collaborations that showcase the diversity and vitality of our city. D.C. has always been an incubator for powerful artistic voices with worldwide resonance, from Duke Ellington and Todd Duncan to Shirley Horn and Chuck Brown. Reflective of our founder Patrick Hayes’ motto, “Everybody in, nobody out,” the Mars Urban Arts Initiative amplifies the role of local artists throughout Washington Performing Arts’ productions, educational opportunities, and special events. MUAI also curates educational workshops, master classes, and student performances that connect local students with distinguished performers, in conjunction with our signature education programs, such as the Capital Arts Partnership, Embassy Adoption Program, and Gospel Choirs. The Mars Urban Arts Initiative is anchored by residencies for leading artists and ensembles, curated performances across all eight wards, and artistic happenings that reflect what it means to call D.C. home.

Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative is generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.