The widely-traveled and well-respected Italian Saxophone Quartet performs Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at the Crescent Elk Auditorium as the final offering of the Community Concert Association’s 2013–14 season.
The Italian Saxophone Quartet has blossomed into an international force in chamber music. It performs Sunday, April 6, at Crescent Elk. Submitted photo
Established in 1982 by four close saxophone-playing friends, the Saxophone Quartet has blossomed into an international force in chamber music, a genre of classical music not traditionally performed on saxophone.
Interested in promoting the saxophone as an instrument appropriate for playing everything from Bach to opera, the Saxophone Quartet recently joined the Foné String Quartet to create a new arrangement of J.S. Bach’s “Art of the Fugue,” which premiered at the XXII International Chamber Music Festival in Asolo (Italy).
In 1999, the Quartet joined the Symphony Orchestra of Milan’s famous Teatro alla Scala to perform a contemporary work of Italian musical theater.
With combined experience in solo, orchestral, and operatic genres, the Italian Saxophone Quartet has played in concerts across North America, Europe and Asia. Since 2002 its annual tours of the United States have brought it to New York City, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and various venues in the Western states.
The Quartet’s innovating arrangements and transcriptions have been recorded under the Delos and Pentaphon imprints.
Sunday’s program includes pieces by Bach, Scarlatti, Barber, Joplin, Piazolla and several contemporary composers who have written for the saxophone.
Season tickets to Community Concerts’ 2014-15 series are now available. First-time season ticket purchasers will receive complimentary admission to the Italian Saxophone Quartet concert.