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Award-Winning Akropolis Reed Quintet to Perform October 4

Innovative, edgy, and always fresh, the Akropolis Reed Quintet will delight and amaze avid music lovers. The group’s dynamic concerts feature accessible contemporary works framed by invigorating arrangements of classical music spanning four centuries.

The quintet will perform at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall at Central Washington University. Tickets are $7 for students ($12 adult), and can be purchased through the Wildcat Ticket Office at Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially marked spaces and residence hall lots.

Their cornerstone program themes for this season include “These American Stories”, “Salvaged”, and “Under the Influence”, each featuring influential American works from the last century including George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Charles Ives’ The Alcotts, along with newly created original works such as Splinter by Chicago-based composer Marc Mellits. The Akropolis Quintet recently released their third CD, The Space Between Us.

The quintet’s 2016-17 season includes more than 30 ticketed performances and 40 educational offerings, some as far away as Abu Dhabi. Some performances are still being scheduled.

In addition to the concert, the group will hold a session on the business aspects of music, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on October 4 in the Recital Hall. They will offer professional advice on marketing, website construction, fundraising campaigns, booking engagements, finding a manager, cultivating a brand, engaging the social media community, and more. There will also be performance masterclasses in the music department for all interested students. Students should contact their applied music teacher, or Professor Daniel Lipori, at 509-963-1242.

Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and the first ever reed quintet to win the Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014, Akropolis took Grand Prize at the MTNA and Plowman chamber music competitions consecutively in 2011, and has garnered prizes at three additional national competitions. Akropolis performers are Tim Gocklin, oboe; Kari Dion, clarinet; Matt Landry, saxophone; Andrew Koeppe, bass clarinet; and Ryan Reynolds, bassoon. For more information about Akropolis, go to

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

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