The Papillons Woodwind Quintet will present a mixture of classical to modern era works, including selections from Ludwig van Beethoven, George Frideric Handel’s “Water Music” and Broadway show tunes on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Smyrna Opera House.
The Papillons Woodwind Quintet, comprised of members throughout the areas of Smyrna, Clayton and Dover, will present a mixture of classical to modern era works, including selections from Ludwig van Beethoven, George Frideric Handel’s “Water Music” and Broadway show tunes on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Smyrna Opera House.
“The Papillons Quintet is really looking forward to performing at the Smyrna Opera House,” said Jill Mears, who plays the French horn. “We hope to ignite an interest in the area of classical music. So sit back and relax while we take the listener through a classical journey through time.”
The word “Papillon” is French for “butterfly,” which appropriately describes the delicate sounds and timbres created by the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and horn in the ensemble. The Papillons, who have performed various concerts throughout the state and Maryland, prides itself on playing more than traditional selections. Moreover, basoonist Kathy Melvin notes the quintet is unique because they can modify any modern arrangement to suit the quintet.
“For instance, we played at a wedding, one time, and the bride wanted something from ‘Star Wars,’ Melvin said. “We arranged the music for a quintet and we did it. We play pretty much anything.”
Along with Mears and Melvin, the ensemble includes Kathleen Smith, flute; Amy Sterling, oboe, and Michelle Webb, clarinet.
Tickets for the concert are $13 in advance or $15 the day of the show. Call 653-4236 or stop by box office Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.