The Northwoods Wind Quintet from the Seattle area will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 7) at the Longview Community Church for this years' Hill Memorial Concert.
The group plays a blend of light and classical music featuring the English and French Horns, flute, oboe and bassoon.
The first half of the program will feature three classical pieces written especially for woodwind ensembles. The second half is a look at the instruments of a woodwind quintet, including what makes them work and how they evolved. That segment will include popular classics and tunes by Scott Joplin, John Philip Sousa and PDQ Bach. One number is played on straws, reeds, bottles and even a garden hose.
The quintet is made up of five full-time career musicians who are members of, or play regularly with, the Seattle Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Pacific Ballet Orchestra and the Seattle Fifth Avenue and Paramount Theatre orchestras.
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An offering to help defray expenses will be taken. A major portion of the cost of the concert will be paid for by proceeds from an endowment fund created by the family of Esther and John Hill.
The Hills were early residents of Longview and musical mainstays of the Community Church. The couple met there, where Esther Bottorffs Hill was church pianist and John Hill sang in the choir.
Disabled by polio from early childhood, Esther taught piano to hundreds of Longview youths. She died in 1969; her husband passed away in 1987.