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Presenting the

Dorian Wind Quintet

with Michael Cannon


September 21, 2014

3:00 PM at
Robinson Terrace Living Center
28652 Hwy 23, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive
Dorian Wind Quintet

Gretchen Pusch, flute

Gerard Reuter, oboe

Benjamin Fingland, clarinet

Adrian Morejon, bassoon

Karl Kramer-Johansen, horn

with Michael Cannon, piano


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Photo of Gretchen PuschGretchen Pusch, flute

Flutist Gretchen Pusch made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut as winner of the Artists International Competition. She has appeared in recital and as concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. In addition to her work with the Dorian Wind Quintet she has collaborated in chamber music performances with Flute Force, Musicians’ Accord, Paula Robison, Julius Baker, Anthony Newman and Peter Schickele, among others.

An active freelancer in New York City, Ms. Pusch has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and on Broadway. She has recorded for CRI, VAI, Innova, Mode, Newport Classic, Windham Hill and Panasonic Japan.


Ms. Pusch serves on the flute faculty of the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program and was formerly on the faculty of Rutgers University. She is a graduate of Boston University and studied with Julius Baker, James Pappoutsakis and Keith Underwood.

Gretchen Pusch joined the Dorian Wind Quintet in 2000.


Photo of Gerard ReuterGerard Reuter, oboe

Gerard Reuter began his oboe studies at the Juilliard School at the age of nine and continued there as a pupil of Lois Wann. He attended the Royal College of Music, studying with Terrence MacDonagh and Michael Winfield.

Mr. Reuter is a favorite at summer music festivals such as Caramoor and Marlboro and has toured Europe and the United States with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has been principal oboist of American Ballet Theatre, An die Musik, Parnassus, and the New York Philomusica.


As the recipient of the 1992 Pro Musicis International Award, Mr. Reuter was presented in solo recitals in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Rome, Hong Kong, and Paris.

Gerard Reuter joined the Dorian Wind Quintet in 1980.


Photo of Benjamin FinglandBenjamin Fingland, clarinet

With playing described as “something magical” (The Boston Globe), “compellingly musical” (The New York Times) and “thoroughly lyrical” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Benjamin Fingland interprets a wide range of clarinet literature.

A proponent of the music of our time, Mr. Fingland works closely with living composers and in addition to being a founding member of the acclaimed new music collective counter)induction, plays with many other contemporary ensembles - including ICE, The Network for New Music, New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble 21, The Locrian Chamber Players, the American Modern Ensemble and Sequitur.

As a recitalist, Benjamin Fingland has traveled worldwide – performing in Europe, South America, Russia, the Ukraine, Canada, Southeast Asia and Japan. He has also collaborated, recorded, and toured with a wide variety of other artists – ranging in scope from Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain to jazz legend Ornette Coleman and pop icon Sir Elton John.


Mr. Fingland has held principal clarinet positions with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony. He has Bachelor and Master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, and is on the faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City.

Benjamin Fingland joined the Dorian Wind Quintet in 2012.


Photo of Adrian MorejonAdrian Morejon, bassoon

Praised by The New York Times for his “teeming energy” and “precise control,” bassoonist Adrian Morejon has established himself as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. As a soloist, Morejon has appeared throughout the US and Europe with the Talea Ensemble, IRIS Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and the Miami Symphony.

An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, and others. Morejon is co-principal bassoonist of IRIS Orchestra and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and others.


Mr. Morejon was a recipient of the Theodore Presser Foundation Grant, 2nd prize of the Fox-Gillet International Competition, and a shared top prize at the Moscow Conservatory International Competition. An alum of the Curtis Institute and Yale School of Music, he is currently on faculty at the Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, and Purchase College.

Adrian Morejon joined the Dorian Wind Quintet in 2013.


Photo of Karl Kramer-JohansenKarl Kramer-Johansen, horn

Norwegian horn player Karl Kramer-Johansen has appeared many times for Friends of Music with his Bombastiq Brass Quintet, for many years the highlight of our summer concerts in Stamford.

Mr. Kramer is also active as a recitalist, lecturer, conductor and composer. In addition to his work with DWQ he is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. He has recorded for the Philips and Aurora labels.


He is a winner of many prizes and awards in the American Horn Competition (1997 and 1999) and in 2001 won the American Scandinavian Society Cultural Award. The New York Times wrote of his performance of Milton Babbitt’s Around the Horn, “This is essentially a stand-up routine for a virtuoso soloist, excellently communicated by Karl Kramer.”

Karl Kramer-Johansen joined the Dorian Wind Quintet in 2005.


Photo of Michael CannonMichael Cannon, piano

Pianist Michael Cannon is recognized as an artist of superb technical accomplishment and as a virtuoso of strong musical maturity. Familiar to audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, Mr. Cannon has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras in such major capitals as London, Amsterdam, The Hague, Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna. He performed with The Chamber Orchestra of Moldova in their first American tour. He has participated in many prestigious music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado, Festival Tibor Varga in Switzerland and Festival Soirees de Normandie in France.

Mr. Cannon is the co-founder and artistic director of The Honest Brook Music Festival in nearby Delhi, New York where he has performed many times both as soloist and as a chamber musician. He has also performed for audiences in the Catskills region at The West Kortright Centre and previously for Friends of Music.

Michael Cannon was born into a musical family in Los Angeles, California, and began studying the piano with Gwendolyn Brain Lund at the age of four. At the University of Southern California, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree, he studied with Lillian Steuber and Gwendolyn Koldowsky. His post-graduate studies were at The Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Rosina Lhevinne, one of America’s pre-eminant pedagogues. After receiving a Master’s degree at Juilliard, he continued his studies in London with Ilona Kabos.


In addition to his performing career, Mr. Cannon is active as a teacher and adjudicator. He has served on the faculties of Brigham Young University in Utah where he was pianist-in-residence and The New York College of Music in New York City. He has given Master classes at Glassboro and Paterson State Universities in New Jersey, Mid-State Teacher’s Association and Rye Arts Center in New York State, and at La Guardia High School in New York City.

Michael Cannon has served as adjudicator at Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York City as administrator for the Paul Fish Memorial Fund, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Joanna Hodges Piano Conference and Competition and the New Jersey MTNA Piano Performance Competition.

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