The Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first ever ensemble of its makeup to win a Fischoff Gold Medal (2014), Grand Prize at the Plowman and MTNA national competitions, and 6 national chamber music prizes in total. Hailed by Fanfare for its “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality,” Akropolis has performed from Juneau to Abu Dhabi and has won juried showcases at six national conferences, including as a participant in APAP’s prestigious Young Performers Career Advancement Program (YPCA). Winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award, Akropolis is a nonprofit conducting extensive educational residencies and impacting thousands of children each year. Winner of a coveted 2018 Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, Akropolis has premiered more than 50 reed quintet works and recorded three albums, including its 2017 release, The Space Between Us, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls, “pure gold.” Akropolis has received additional grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, CultureSource, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Chamber Music America, Alice M. Ditson Fund, Amphion Foundation, High Wire Lab, and Quicken Loans.
Création is a program of musical works from the last one hundred years which assemble various influences and ideas into imaginative new creations, as well as which accentuate the complexity and versatility of the reed quintet creation itself. Each half of the concert pairs a contemporary work with an early 20th century composition, one original for reed quintet, the other creatively arranged to fit the reed quintet’s unique blend of colors and personalities. The first pairing shares a jazz influence, including a new Akropolis commission of New York City-based composer Jeff Scott and a new reed quintet setting of Milhaud’s La Création du Monde, created for Akropolis by Concert Artist Guild award-winning bassist, Samuel Suggs. Then, David Biedenbender’s Refraction, composed for Akropolis’ acclaimed 3rd album release, The Space Between Us, is paired with an epic arrangement of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris.