The Woodwinds and the Willows at LEAF Amphitheater
The Arts in the Arboretum series concludes with a performance by the Erie Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet.
Sunday, Aug. 13
Easy, breezy, beautiful — the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier (LEAF) has had the fine arts covered all summer long. However, all good things must come to an end. As cottonwood or poplar seed pods are carried off by the wind, the Arts in the Arboretum series will disperse for the season with a concluding performance by the Erie Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet.
Modern wind quintets graft together the timbres of the bassoon, oboe, French horn, clarinet, and flute for a full-bodied sound the mind can truly climb on. Although this chamber ensemble varietal was slow taking root at first (it didn't really catch on until the early 19th century), it has quickly proven a spreader, with thriving numbers around the globe. While it takes to classical music the best, some cultivators have been known to sprinkle some lab-engineered chart toppers in the pot without harm.
For a truly classical (as in ancient Greek) experience, spectators can view the performance from the amphitheater's stone risers. Otherwise, a picnic blanket or lawn chair will do. No need to get carried away — even if the forecast does call for wind. — Matt Swanseger
Noon to 1 p.m. // 1501 W. 6th St. // leaferie.org/arts-in-the-arboretum // Free