Wavelength Winds co-commissioned a new quintet, What's Going On, by John Steinmetz to be composed by March 2018. Here our premiere of this work at 5:00 p.m. on November 30th in Gildenhorn Recital Hall at the University of Maryland School of Music. We’re thrilled to spearhead this project because John’s first quintet has become a beloved work in the woodwind quintet canon!

Steinmetz wrote about this project: At this point I don't know what the music will be like, but it will probably reflect my interest in speaking musically to abiding human concerns. On my mind at the moment is the inspiring voyage of Hōkūleʻa, the Polynesian voyaging canoe that recently completed a three-year trip around the world using ancient navigation methods. In many places indigenous people are reviving knowledge and traditions that nurtured our species for tens of thousands of years. Perhaps the new quintet might somehow honor the Original Instructions, so similar across cultures, the guidelines for living in a good way, for interacting honorably and sustainably with other humans and other species. 

"I often am surprised how pieces develop (I remember comic music invading a piece that was otherwise quite serious), and I'm not at all sure where this one will go, but these days I am more and more determined to explore how music can help with the big problems we humans face. No matter what, I promise to do my best to find satisfying sounds that can create a meaningful journey for players and listeners.

To learn more about John Steinmetz, please check out his website: and hear John interviewed by Phoenix’s KBAQ Classical Radio station with Rose French ( ). “What the Birds Said” the Music of John Steinmetz by was recorded by the Mill Ave Chamber Players and the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet in 2016.