The most widely heard saxophone quartet in the United States, Washington Saxophone Quartet returns to The Barns to celebrate the birth of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone! This performance features The Discovery Series’ own Rich Kleinfeldt.
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REPERTOIRE (Subject to change)
Suite on Popular Romanian Themes, Op. 90 (1956)
Jean Absil (1893-1974)
Caryl Florio (1843-1920)
Canzona a 4 (c.1600)
Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) arr. by Harry Bulow
Simple Gifts (1950) from Appalachian Spring
Aaron Copland (1900-1990) arr by Paul Cohen
In Her Family (1987)
Pat Metheny (b. 1954) arr by R. Parrell
Ballet d’Amour (1976)
Thomas Beveridge (b. 1938)
Songs for Tony – 1 (1993)
Michael Nyman (b. 1944)
Adagio, Op. 11 (1936)
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) arr by J. van der Linden
Premier Quatuor, Op. 53 (1857)
J. B. Singlée (1812-1875)
Anonymous Fame (2005)
Commissioned by WSaxQ
Introduction and Variations (1934)
Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)
Saxophone Quartet No. 3 (2001)
Bob Mintzer (b. 1953)
WSaxQ is the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the United States. Since 1997, recorded arrangements by the Washington Saxophone Quartet have aired daily throughout the United States on National Public Radio’s broadcasts of All Things Considered. Concert audiences enjoy their connection to WSaxQ when they discover they’ve been listening to the quartet’s music during afternoon “drive time.” And it often comes as a surprise that they’ve been hearing 4 saxophones! The instruments evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section.
For nearly 35 years, WSaxQ has performed recitals, informal concerts, and master classes in the United States, the Caribbean, and China, and they have performed on radio and television worldwide. The ensemble taps into a rich repertoire, from early music to newly commissioned works, and it draws on a wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background.
WSaxQ’s To China and Bach CD highlights music from their 1995 and 1997 China tours. The group’s second recording is Daydream. Their third CD, Different Times, Different Places, is a collection of performances over the past decade.
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Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Kim Pensinger Witman, pianist
The Ying Quartet
The Montrose Trio
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