The musical group WindSync will perform at the Cheboygan Opera House on June 23

CHEBOYGAN — The Chamberfest Cheboygan Series continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23 with Houston-based ensemble WindSync.

They will perform at the historic Opera with a program that includes music by Beethoven, Debussy and Rameau, as well as contemporary American composers. Thursday’s concert will mark the first time this famous quintet will perform in northern Michigan.

WindSync has established itself as a dynamic chamber ensemble performing wind quintet masterpieces, adapting beloved music to their instrumentation and championing new works by composers of today. The quintet eliminates the “fourth wall” between musicians and audience by often performing from memory, creating an intimate connection.

This personal performance style, combined with the ensemble’s triple artistic, educational and community mission, gives WindSync its reputation as “a group of virtuosos who are also wonderful people”, according to Alison Young of Classical MPR.

WindSync launched an international touring career after winning the 2012 Concert Artists Guild’s Victor Elmaleh Competition and the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In 2018 they were medal winners at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.

WindSync has performed in recital at the Met Museum, Ravinia, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2015, the quintet was invited by the Library of Congress to perform the world premiere of “The Long and the Short of it” by Paul Lansky, commissioned by the Carolyn Royall Just Fund and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Other premieres include “The Cosmos,” a concerto for wind quintet and orchestra by Pulitzer finalist Michael Gilbertson, and works by Ivan Trevino, John Steinmetz, Marc Mellits, Erberk Eryilmaz and Akshaya Avril Tucker.

In April 2022, the band released a new album, “All Worlds, All Times” on the Bright Shiny Things label, featuring music by living composers.

A reception with light food and drinks will follow the performance on the Opera stage, giving the public the opportunity to meet the guest artists. This concert will be recorded by Interlochen Public Radio for rebroadcast on their stations.

Tickets for the show are free for students and $25 for adults. They are available online at phone at 231-627-5841, or at the box office, which is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, as well as three hours before showtime.

William N. Fernandez