Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Bassoonist Jane Taylor was the closest to where I was sitting; she came down after the lights went out and sort of hid behind a pillar (there are plenty of them in the Hall of the Americas at the Organization of American States), but she needed a light to read the music and in it you could see a secret little smile of satisfaction playing around her lips when they weren't set into the prim lines necessary to get music from a bassoon.
The other members of the Dorian Wind Quintet were also spread around the hall (mostly behind pillars), while pianist Hilde Somer, up on the stage, strummed the strings of her piano. The sounds coming from around the room (Henry Brant's "Secret Strings and Prevailing Winds") were sometimes eerie, often very musical, always intriguing. And it was only one of three Washington premieres beautifully performed Wednesday night in the opening concert of this year's Inter-American Music Festival.
Besides two fairly familiar works of Villa-Lobos, the program included the fascinating "Actinia" of Yannis Ioannidid (Venezuela), a study of colors and textures, and the outrageous "A Letter for Wind Quintet" by Carlos Alsina (Argentina), which includes stamping, whistling and loud "ssshes" as well as more traditional wind sounds.