Next up at Lyndonville concert series: E-YAH-Pah-Hah Wind Quintet performing Native American music

Posted 24 February 2024 at 5:52 pm

Provided photo: Pictured from left include Scott Horsington, clarinet; Darren Pulley, oboe; Kae Wilbert, bassoon; Maggie Warren (not pictured), French horn; (pictured on French horn Heather Melnick), and Susan Walders, flute.

Press Release, Lyndonville Presbyterian Church

LYNDONVILLE – Lyndonville Presbyterian Church will present the third in our musical series on March 9 from 3 to 4 p.m. with music from Native American composers arranged for wind instruments and performed by the E-YAH-Pah-Hah Wind Quintet, led by Kae Wilbert of Albion.

Their name means town crier, and the group was born out of the desire to bring the message of classical Native American composers to the public and especially to youth.

Formed in 2023, the quintet first performed at Camp Asbury in Perry, a United Methodist Camp where the group began realizing their goal of exposing youth to Native music. The gift of their lyrical name came from 82-year-old Rosalie Jones, a nationally acclaimed choreographer of Native American Contemporary dance from Cree lineage.

Ms. Jones collaborated with Dr. Ballard, a Cherokee composer of one of the pieces, and with the quintet to choreograph a dance piece. This work was premiered at a performance at Ganondagan Seneca Art and Culture Center.

On October 8, 2023, the quintet performed the pieces at Ganondagan during Indigenous People Day’s Weekend. The Ganondagon Seneca Art and Cultural Center brings programing about the Seneca people to the greater Rochester community. E-YAH-Pah-Hah has now performed at other venues including the annual Democratic Party dinner in Albion.

We are blessed to bring you this unique performance with regional musicians. Help us spread the message and embrace sharing Native American culture and music with our communities. Please join us for an hour of rare entertainment. Admission is $10 at the door, and proceeds go to the church’s capital drive.