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NEWS | March 24, 2018

Woodwind Quintet in Slovakia

By SGT Jesse Welborn United States Army Europe Band and Chorus

The Elektrárňa Piešťany opened an exhibit dedicated to U.S. Air Force pilots who assisted the Slovak Insurgent Air Force in uprising against occupying German forces. The exhibit opening was celebrated with a recital by the United States Army Europe Band's Woodwind Quintet.

The Elektrárňa Piešťany was built in a former power station. In 2008, the Slovenská Technická Univerzita (Slovak University of Technology) held a competition among its architecture students to repurpose the abandoned power station. The winning design produced what is now an art gallery, science museum, and concert venue all in one. It was the perfect place to host an art-gallery recital.

The recital's music came from both the New and Old Worlds. Featuring composers from Germany, Hungary, Argentina, the United States, and the Czech Republic, the U.S. Army Europe Woodwind Quintet demonstrated that great music knows no boundaries. In particular, Antonín Dvořák's String Quartet in F Major (The American) showcased the beauty made possible by cultural exchange.

As an ensemble of the U.S. Army Europe Band, the Woodwind Quintet looks forward to any opportunity to engage in cultural exchange through music. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more.