Morrison Artists Series: Calefax Reed Quintet

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 3:00 pm
Photo of the Calefax Reed Quintet
This innovative ensemble from the Netherlands has spawned an entire new genre of chamber music for reed quintet, featuring stunningly colorful arrangements of traditional repertoire, alongside new works commissioned from composers worldwide. Pre-concert talk: 2pm. Master class: April 18, 12:10 - 2pm, Knuth Hall. Free.
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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Calefax Reed Quintet

  • Oliver Boekhoorn, oboe
  • Ivar Berix, clarinet
  • Raaf Hekkema, saxophone
  • Jelte Althuis, bass clarinet
  • Alban Wesly, bassoon

“Five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.” — The Times

Five passionate wind players. Virtuoso musicians and brilliant arrangers. The creators of a completely new genre: the reed quintet. They are a source of inspiration to a fresh generation reed players that follows in their footsteps. The repertoire of Calefax spans many centuries of music. They breathe new life into classical chamber music by arranging it themselves to fit their own unique reed quintet line up: oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon. Next to that, approximately two hundred original works have by now been written especially for Calefax by composers from all over the world. drawning influences from classical and world music, jazz and improvisation.


  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Prelude and Fugue in E flat Major, WTC Book 1
  • Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): Waldszenen, Op. 82
  • Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949): Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche
  • Intermission
  • Alexander Scriabin (1872 – 1915): Etudes
  • Jakob TV (b. 1951): Billie
  • Steve Reich (b. 1936): New York Counterpoint


Calefax Reed Quintet

Photo by Marco Borggreve