Distinguished Artist Series Opens at Willamette

Willamette University and the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series present in concert the Zyros Wind Quintet Sunday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students and seniors at all Safeway TicketsWest outlets. Call 1-800-992-8499 for details.

Praised by audiences and critics alike for its brilliant virtuosity and expressive depth, the Zyros Quintet has established itself as one of the nation's leading chamber ensembles.

In 1995, one year after its formation, the group became the only wind quintet to win both the First and Grand Prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Following its 1997 New York debut in Merkin Concert Hall, Zyros began touring the United States with appearances at major venues, including Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, The Library of Congress, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, Wolf Trap, Chautauqua, and Lincoln Center. They appeared with renowned pianist and chamber musician Charles Wadsworth, and have performed as guests of the New York Woodwind Quintet at Alice Tully Hall and at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Radio broadcasts include "Performance Today" for National Public Radio, Public Radio International's "Music from Chautauqua," and on WNYC's "Around New York."

Appearing with the Quintet will be Willamette University music faculty member pianist Anita King in a performance of Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds. The Zyros Quintet includes Jennifer Grim, flutist, James Roe, oboist, Douglas Quint, bassoonist, Patrick A. Pridemore, French hornist, and Michael Aaron Bepko, clarinetist.

Hailed by the New York Times as "a deft, smooth flute soloist," Grim has performed across the United States as an active solo and chamber musician of both the classic literature and contemporary music. A recent first-prize winner in both the Carmel and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, Grim has performed with such groups as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the New York Chamber Soloists. Other notable performances include appearances with the Vermont Mozart Festival, with the Jupiter Symphony, and at Chautauqua and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals.

Grim earned two bachelor of arts degrees from Stanford University and her master of music and master of musical arts degrees from The Yale School of Music.

Oboist James Roe performs with many of New York City's most important orchestras, including the American Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He makes frequent appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center

In the popular music world, he has performed with James Taylor, Tony Bennett, Metallica, Vanessa Williams, and Audra McDonald. He has performed on Saturday Night Live, and appears in a music video of Shania Twain. He is a member of the orchestra for the Tony and Grammy winning Broadway musical, Aida, with music by Sir Elton John.

Roe holds degrees from The Julliard School and Michigan State University.

Clarinetist Michael Aaron Bepko earned his bachelor of music degree at The Juilliard School in 1999 and is currently enrolled at Juilliard in the master of music degree program.

He has performed with the Orchestras of The Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School, and served as co-principal clarinet on the Juilliard Orchestra's tour of Japan and Korea. In 1997, Bepko was principal clarinetist for a live broadcast production of "Hansel and Gretel" on public television's Live from Lincoln Center series.

Bepko has studied at the Tanglewood Music Center where in 1996 he was named recipient of the George B. Cioffi prize, given to the Center's most outstanding woodwind player. He has also performed with The Houston Symphony, The Houston Civic Symphony, and with The Texas Music Festival Orchestra under the baton of Maxim Shostakovich.

Bassoonist Douglas Quint has performed with many of the finest ensembles in the New York City area, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Saint Luke's, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New York City Opera Orchestra. He has also performed and recorded with the American Composer's Orchestra, the Riverside Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and has toured with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Quint holds a bachelor of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a master's degree from The Juilliard School.

He has performed at several prestigious summer festivals, including the Pacific Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute and the Tanglewood Music Center. At Tanglewood he was heard on two live simulcasts carried on both National Public Radio and BBC radio. Quint has also worked with pop music icons including Michael Kamen, Bryan Adams, Bono and Quincy Jones.

French hornist Patrick Pridemore has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. An accomplished and highly sought-after chamber musician, Pridemore is a member of the Marlboro Music Festival, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Boston Chamber Music Society, the American Chamber Players of Washington, D.C., and is a founding member of the Zyros Quintet.

He was heard as the principal horn of the Juilliard Opera Center production of "Hansel and Gretel," which was seen nationally on public television's Live from Lincoln Center series.

Pridemore attended The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.

Other events with the Quintet include a session of rehearsing and recording works by Willamette student composers Friday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and a master class for woodwind and brass students, Saturday, Oct 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. All events are in Hudson Hall at Willamette University.