American compositional style at next Kamloops Symphony chamber performance

KAMLOOPS - Ventos Wind Quintet’s all-American concert will excite audiences young and old at Kamloops Symphony’s next Chamber Music Series performance on Saturday, March 21.

The Vancouver-based Ventos will perform pieces by American composers at TRU Alumni Theatre. The quintet’s mission is to bring quality chamber music to all parts of BC. Kamloops will experience this with their performance Yankee Doodle Dandies featuring compositional-styles of jazz, blues, rock and 20th century classical music.

Ventos is made up of Jeff Pelletier, flute; Lauris Davis, oboe; Mike Dowler, clarinet; Nick Anderson, horn; and Elizabeth Mee, bassoon. They are all regular performers with Kamloops Symphony.

Jeff Pelletier has appeared in concerts and as a soloist throughout the US and Canada. He is the founder and artistic director of Ventos, and also a flutist with the award-winning group Winter Harp, among several others. Lauris Davis completed her Music degree at the University of British Columbia and the Artist Diploma program at the Vancouver Academy. She is principal oboe with the Okanagan Symphony and second oboe/English horn with the Kamloops Symphony.

Mike Dowler holds a B.Mus. and M.Ed. from UBC and a M.Mus. from the City University of New York where he studied with clarinet virtuoso, and New York Woodwind Quintet member, Charles Neidich. Nick Anderson received a Masters of Music in Horn Performance from UBC. He has performed with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony, and the Vancouver Symphony. Elizabeth Mee received her Master of Music at McGill University and Bachelor of Music at New England Conservatory.

This programme features music by William Mayer, Gunther Schuller, George Gershwin, Valerie Coleman, Edward A. MacDowell, Don Haddad, Henry Cowell and Eric Ewanzen.
Yankee Doodle Dandies is on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at TRU Alumni Theatre. Tickets can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-374-5483 or, or at the door.

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