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Class Notes Concerts Preview: Riverside Winds

Riverside Winds (L-R: Laurie Hatcher-Merz, Jennifer Gerth, Chuck Hodgson, Trudi Anderson, Merilee Klemp) Randall Thompson

September 27, 2021

Welcome to Class Notes Concerts!

After a year of Virtual Class Notes Concerts, YourClassical MPR is returning to the classroom with In-Person School Visits and Live Virtual Concerts. 

Each year, YourClassical MPR reaches tens of thousands of students across Minnesota through the Class Notes Concerts program. Designed to engage and inspire elementary students through live musical performance, these concerts help cultivate active listening skills and allow students to experience the joy of music.

For more information on booking a concert, check out our Class Notes Concerts 2021-2022 Artist Menu or contact

In the coming weeks, we will publish a Class Notes Concert Preview for each artist or ensemble. Find each preview on the YourClassical Music Lessons Page.

These previews will feature:

  • Audio and video of each ensemble/artist to use in the classroom or enjoy on your own.

  • Ideas, information, and activities to prepare students for an in-person concert or a Live Virtual Field Trip. This information can also be used as a reinforcement tool after students experience an in-person/live virtual concert or as a classroom resource. 

This Class Notes Concert preview features the Riverside Winds.

1. A wind quintet is an ensemble with five instruments. All five instruments use wind, or breath, to help produce a sound.

The five instruments in a wind quintet are:

  • Flute

  • Clarinet

  • Oboe

  • Bassoon

  • French Horn

Can you match the name of each instrument in a wind quintet with the correct instrument pictured below?

Wind instruments
Wind instruments
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2. Let’s listen to the sound of a wind quintet when all the musicians play together. Here are the Riverside Winds performing a piece called Ellis Island, by Stuart Balcomb.

Riverside Winds: Ellis Island

3. Learn more about each instrument and how it makes it sound.

  • Flute

  • Oboe

  • Clarinet

  • Bassoon

  • French horn

Learn more about the clarinet in the YourClassical Music Lesson: Meet the Clarinet. 

Learn more about the French Horn in the Your Classical Music Lesson: French Horn Frenzy.

4. Let’s hear all the instruments in a wind quintet play together again. In the next video, the Concordia Wind Quintet will play Umoja, by Valerie Coleman. You will notice they are wearing special masks to help them play safely during the pandemic.

5. Here is one more piece by the Riverside Winds.

Riverside Winds: Wapango

6. Want to learn more about the Riverside Winds and their music? Book an in-person or Live Virtual Class Notes Concerts here, or contact for more information.