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Tower Woodwind Quintet concert at the Sandzen Gallery
The Tower Wind Quintet from Friends University in Wichita will perform at Lindsborg on Oct. 23.

LINDSBORG — The Tower Wind Quintet from Friends University in Wichita will perform a variety of selections at the Sandzén Gallery at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23. The concert is a part of the Sandzén Gallery’s 2022-23 chamber music series.

They will be doing three standard works in the wind quintet repertoire by Bozza, Barthe, and Klughardt. Additionally, they will feature Director of Bands at Friends University, Shawn Knopp, on a fun piece with narrator titled “The Unhappy Aardvark.” The quintet will round out the program with a collection of stylized Dutch folksongs by DeGroot and a piece by Argentine tango composer Piazzola.

The Quintet was formed in 2001 and since that time have given annual recitals, performed frequently at KMEA conventions, commissioned several new works, given masterclasses and recitals in schools across the state, and performed at many community events. The current lineup consists of Marquette native Chris Johnson on clarinet, along with Amy Hoffman, flute; Cindy Thompson, oboe; Denise Kintzel, horn; and Kimme Whittemore, bassoon. They last performed at the Sandzén Gallery in 2020.

The group collaborates with a variety of other art disciplines as well. They have worked with the Friends Ballet Department and Visual Arts Department, Charles Parker (drama), Dr. James Knight (professor of piano), Rolaine Hetherington (soprano), Dan Racer and Randy Zellers (composers), the Friends University Concert Band as featured soloists, the faculty brass quintet, string quartet, percussion, and have produced multimedia presentations that include the use of lights and images.  

 The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. There is no charge for the concert, however, donations are appreciated. For further information, call the Gallery at 785-227-2220 or email