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Riding the Wind

The sound of a woodwind quintet is a sound like no other. Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon can blend in astonishing ways and achieve countless textures. Antero Winds, a youthful group that had its origins in Colorado, makes it their mission to explore all the ensemble's possibilities.

In 2008, they were the only U.S.-based semifinalists at the International Chamber Music Competition in Lyon, France. But they pride themselves on appealing not only to classical music mavens but to newcomers to classical music as well.

Antero Winds will be making its Buffalo debut with a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center inside Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.

The program is a mix of new and established music. A highlight of the program is Luciano Berio's innovative, witty "Opus Number Zoo," a work for narrator and winds that involves unusual sound effects, performance art and even dance. (The sections of the piece are "Tom Cats," "The Horse," "The Grey Mouse" and "Barn Dance" -- hence the title.) Also on tap are the Quintet Op. 43 by Carl Nielsen and the Libertango of Astor Piazzolla.

General admission is $15. For information, call Hallwalls, 854-1694.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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