Wind quintet to perform 'Night of Dances' at Marilyn Horne Museum


The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center will present the third program in its seven-part chamber music series at 7 p.m. Jan. 17.


This month's performance will feature the talents of five regional educators who make up the wind ensemble Quintessential.


The program, “A Night of Dances,” will feature traditional dance compositions including the jig, waltz, bolero, tango, polka and three shanties for wind quintet. Composers include Malcolm Arnold, Justin Harden, Denes Agay and Dmitri Shostakovich, among others.


 “Each of these chamber concerts has featured a very different repertoire,” said museum manager Matthew Hileman. “I'm delighted that we're able to educate and entertain audiences at the same time by offering a variety of musical styles and instruments.”


Quintessential is a wind quintet comprised of a talented group of women, each of whom teaches in a public school in Cattaraugus or Chautauqua (New York) counties.


Nicole Zenns (flute) maintains an active performance schedule in addition to being an instrumental music teacher with Cassadaga Valley Central School District.


Chryste Mallory (clarinet) is a music educator with the Lancaster Central School District and has worked as an adjunct professor at State University of New York in Fredonia.


Mona Lungershausen (oboe) is in her fourth year of teaching at Salamanca City Central School, and Kasey Way (bassoon) has been teaching at Bemus Point Elementary School for twelve years.


Dana Bennett, who organized the January performance, is also a music teacher in the Cassadaga Valley Central School District. In addition to being a professional French horn player, she is also a Highland bagpiper.


Space for the performance is limited. Reservations are required by calling 814-362-7990 or by emailing More information about the museum and its chamber concert series can be found at


The Marilyn Horne Museum Chamber Concert Series is provided in part by a grant from the University of Pittsburgh's Year of Healthy U.


The next concert in the series will take place on Feb. 14.


The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is a division of the University of Pittsburgh.  The museum's mission is to further interest in the art of opera and to inspire and educate new generations on the importance of art, culture and philanthropy through the life, achievements, and personal archives of renowned mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne. The 3,400 square-foot exhibition space features 19 interactive exhibits, a documentary film, costumes, and artifacts from the personal archives of Marilyn Horne. Open daily. Admission is free.