"This is one quintet that is sure to leave you breathless."

-- Maggie Malloy, Second Inversion

“This quintet plays with an extraordinary sense of ensemble, not just in terms of rhythmic precision but in tone color, balance, gesture, and sensitivity.”

-- Sidney Chen, NewMusicBox

The City of Tomorrow is a woodwind quintet with a fearless aesthetic and a commitment to 21st-century music on environmental themes. Gold medalists of the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the ensemble has been presented in New York at Trinity Wall Street, Spectrum, and at IN\TER/SECT, co-presented by Bryant Park and Chamber Music America. Their U.S. tours have included prestigious festivals and series, including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Michigan, and Red Note New Music Festival in Illinois. The quintet’s work has been supported by residencies at the Banff Center for Arts & Creativity and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute.

Recent engagements include residencies at Tufts University, the Vermont College of Fine Art, and a collaborative concert with the International Contemporary Ensemble at Roulette in New York.

From 2012 to 2014, the quintet was engaged in a musical exploration of climate change, which culminated in the commissioning of major new works from composers Hannah Lash, Nat Evans, and John Aylward. The City of Tomorrow’s first album, Nature, released on PARMA/Ravello in 2014, further wrestled with questions of human involvement in the natural world. Exploration of these natural themes resulted in a  new work from Hannah Lash, "Leander and Hero", which was supported by a 2014 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant.

The City of Tomorrow’s members are in demand as performers, new music specialists, curators, collaborators, and teachers. As an ensemble, they have taught master classes and composition seminars at the University of Oregon, Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, San Francisco Conservatory, and Yale University. Members of the ensemble can also be heard with some of the finest ensembles in New York and beyond, including Talea Ensemble, ICE, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Elise Blatchford / Flute
Stuart Breczinski / Oboe
Rane Moore / Clarinet
Nanci Belmont / Bassoon
Leander Star / Horn