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Guest Musicians Conduct Wind Ensemble Masterclasses

The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO) woodwind quintet worked with music students in the Loomis Chaffee Wind Ensemble on Tuesday, January 7, as a follow-up to the group’s performance at Loomis in the fall.

The professional chamber musicians presented a brief recital for the Loomis ensemble then conducted masterclasses with students grouped by instrument.

Comprising a roster of premier Hartford-based musicians, including Loomis instrumental instructors Cathryn Cummings on horn and Ling-Fei Kang on oboe, HICO is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary music. Joining Cathryn and Ling-Fei to complete the quintet were Allison Hughes on flute, Alexander Kollias on clarinet, and Mason Adamson on bassoon.

HICO champions the music of local, living composers. Having commissioned and performed numerous pieces by Connecticut composers, HICO engages audiences in Greater Hartford and beyond with programming aimed at broadening musical perspectives. The musicians collaborate with local cultural organizations and institutions of higher learning, including Capital Community College, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford Opera Theater, New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford.

The quintet's visits to campus were made possible with support from the Joseph Stookins Lecture Fund.