Dorian News

2022-2023 – Welcoming a new member, touring and outreach resume

We warmly welcome our new oboist Roni Gal-Ed to the DWQ family!  Our 61st season will feature several new premieres by Bruce Adolphe, our own Karl Kramer-Johansen and Jessica Meyer.  With the pandemic now at a manageable level, we have resumed our in-person outreach to needy communities and are also starting to travel again.  Please be sure to check our Schedule page for updates as the season continues to be booked.  Very glad to be back!

Summer 2021 – Live in-person performances return

We are thrilled to be returning to live performance after 18 months of cancelled/rescheduled engagements due to the pandemic. Please check out our Schedule page for details and to stay tuned for updates on the 21-22 season!

2020-2021 – Coronavirus upends season

Like most performing arts organizations, we have had to cancel or postpone our engagements from mid-March of 2020 onwards due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please stay tuned for updates and the availability of online options as they become available. We hope to have a full 21-22 season back live in person as the situation improves.

October 2019 – Dorian premieres Ecosystems by Billy Childs at the Macao International Music Festival

We are excited and honored to be premiering this work at such a prestigious international music festival.  We will also be collaborating with Billy, playing his ‘Day in the Forest of Dreams’ for piano and winds, written for us in 1996, as well as his ‘Fugue in Perpetual Motion’. For more information:

*This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.*


January 2019 – ‘Dorian Plays Bach’ cd is released

We are happy to announce that our CD recording project of Mordechai Rechtman’s organ transcriptions for wind quintet is finally out, and will be available soon for purchase through our website, at concerts, and on all the download and streaming platforms. Recorded in Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University in January of 2017, this project has been a real labor of love – and we are immensely satisfied with the results. Many thanks to Richard Bayles for supporting this project, and to Ryan Streber and his extraordinary engineering skills, for making this album really shine!

October 2018 – Dorian receives an NYC DCA grant for outreach and a new piece from Bruce Adolphe

-We just received word that we have received an NYC Department of Cultural Affairs grant for outreach in the NYC area, and we would like to thank the DCA for recognizing the importance of bringing live music to those in need. We are very grateful for their support, and are looking forward to bringing our music into the community with their help, with repeat performances at Odyssey House, Memorial Sloan Kettering and other organizations throughout the New York City area.

-Dorian recently commissioned composer Bruce Adolphe for a new work, expecting it to be ready sometime in early 2020. To our surprise, he produced the finished piece last week, entitled ‘In The Same Breath’, and we’re very excited to have yet another work of Bruce’s to present on our 19-20 season. He previously wrote us ‘Night Journey’ and a variation for our 40th anniversary, both of which we still play frequently. It’s a relative luxury to have a brand-new piece way ahead of schedule by a composer of Bruce’s caliber, and we’re looking forward to diving in soon!

August 2018 – Billy Childs’ ‘Ecosystems’ is delivered to the Dorian

Dorian is happy to announce that the wind quintet commissioned from Billy Childs, made possible by a CMA Classical Commisioning Program Grant, has been completed and delivered to us! We’re looking forward to learning this beautiful piece, entitled ‘Ecosystems’ and hopefully premiering it sometime in the Spring or Summer of 2019. Stay tuned for details!

July 2017 – Dorian Receives a CMA Classical Commissioning Program Grant

Dorian is honored to be the recipient of a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program Grant, for the composition of a new work by Billy Childs. We worked with Billy back in the late ’90s when he wrote us ‘A Day in the Forest of Dreams’ for piano and wind quintet, and we couldn’t be more pleased about being given the opportunity to have him write for us again! The new work will be for the standard quintet configuration, and we can’t wait to see what Billy creates for us this time around. Many, many thanks to the CMA Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund, for making this collaboration a reality!

Spring/Summer 2017 – A World Premiere and Mexico visit

Our Spring season kicked off with the World Premiere of Amanda Harberg’s ‘Suite for Wind Quintet’ at Bargemusic. We are absolutely thrilled by Amanda’s craftsmanship and lyrical writing for winds: she has made a wonderful addition to the wind repertoire with this piece, and we will be showcasing it throughout our 17-18 season with hopes to record it in the near future. A link to the second performance of the piece can be found Here.

In June, we gave the Mexican premiere of ‘Suite for Wind Quintet’ at the Chamber Music Festival of Aguascalientes. This festival is a true cultural gem in a lovely city booming with arts development, and we were very pleased to return there for our second summer in a row, and our third visit in 5 years.

January 2017 – Recording Bach

Our Bach Transcription recording project is in full swing! We’ve been dying to get into Princeton’s revered Richardson Auditorium to record Bach ever since the quintet recorded all of George Perle’s quintets there back in the ’80s! It has the perfect acoustic and we’re very excited about collaborating with Ryan Streber from Oktaven Audio. These are Mordechai Rechtman’s arrangements, written specifically for Dorian over the years, and include several chorale preludes, the Little Fuge, the Concerto after Vivaldi and the Fiddle Fugue. We’ll be giving further updates about the progress of this project soon!

2016 – Re-visiting historic commissions

2016 proved to be a good year for reviving some fabulous works commissioned by Dorian, as well as continuing our tradition of ongoing commissioning. We performed Billy Childs’ charming ‘A Day in the Forest of Dreams’ with pianist Spencer Myer, as well as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s ‘Sonata for Wind Quintet and Piano’ and George Perle’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 4th quintet. Not to mention Luciano Berio’s ‘Opus No. Zoo’ – which holds a special place in our history, since Berio worked with the Quintet during its formative year at Tanglewood in 1961 and the version of the piece every quintet plays today was written especially for us. His second quintet, ‘Ricorrenze’ was also a Dorian commission.

2016 – Remembering Charles Kuskin

We are saddened to hear that former Dorian oboist Charles Kuskin has passed away. He was a member of the Quintet from 1963-1980 and played an enormously important role in establishing the group and cementing its prominence in the chamber music world. An extraordinary player and person, he will be sorely missed and we extend our condolences to Charlie’s family.

2014-2015: Celebrating the music of George Perle

The 2014-2015 season marked an important period for the Dorian Quintet: composer George Perle’s centenary. Born on May 6th, 1915, he contributed much to the musical landscape of the 20th century, going so far as to develop his own system of composition – “12-tone tonality”. In addition to his varied output for mixed chamber ensemble and orchestra, he wrote four woodwind quintets, each of them brilliantly original and perfectly crafted for the ensemble. The Dorian has our own unique history with this great composer: his 4th woodwind quintet, commissioned by us, won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for music. He also wrote one of our ‘Anniversary Variations’ on a theme of Reicha – a tiny gem of a piece that holds the whole set of variations together.

We honored Perle’s legacy by performing all four of his quintets during the 14-15 season, and we are hoping to continue celebrating George in collaboration with other established ensembles in future seasons to present a broader scope of his compositions. Stay tuned!

NYSCA The Dorian Wind Quintet is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.