The Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first ever ensemble of its kind to win 7 national chamber music prizes including the Fischoff Gold Medal, Grand Prize at the Plowman and MTNA national competitions, and the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. Hailed by Fanfare for its “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality,” Akropolis has performed from Juneau to Abu Dhabi and in 2018 gave more than 50 recitals while reaching over 10,000 K-12 children. Awarded a 2018 Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, Akropolis has premiered more than 50 reed quintet works and recorded three albums, including “The Space Between Us,” which the San Francisco Chronicle calls, “pure gold,” Akropolis produces its annual “Together We Sound” festival in Detroit with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and has received grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and more.
The internationally-acclaimed Akropolis Reed Quintet presents a recital of three original reed quintet works, two commissioned by Akropolis, including the Barlow Endowment Prize-winning composition, Rites for the Afterlife (2018), by Stacy Garrop, inspired by Egyptian beliefs about the harrowing journey of the soul as described in The Book of the Dead. The program also includes […]