Westwood Wind Quintet
- Eric Lynn Harris
Woodwind quintet founded in 1959 by oboist Peter Christ. Other original members included Gretel Shanley (flute), David Atkins (clarinet), David Breidenthal (bassoon), and Allen Gusé (horn). The ensemble derives its name from the area surrounding the University of California, Los Angeles, where Christ and Atkins were students. Over a career that has extended more than 50 years, the group has recorded and performed widely, making more than 2000 appearances. Its membership in 2011 included Peter Christ, John Barcellona (flute), William Helmers (clarinet), Patricia Nelson (bassoon), and Calvin Smith (horn). The group’s first album, Pops and Encores, was recorded in 1962. In January of 1965, as part of the Monday Evening Concert series held in Los Angeles, the group performed Arnold Schoenberg’s Wind Quintet. Robert Craft heard the performance and urged the group to record the work for his Schoenberg anthology. Rehearsals were held in the home of Igor Stravinsky, and the project was released in ...