Pioneer Saxophone Quartet to perform

image of Pioneer Saxophone QuartetOswego’s Ke-nekt Chamber Music Series will continue with the Pioneer Saxophone Quartet performing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The program will consist of a wide variety of saxophone quartet music scored for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone. Featured on the performance will be Caryl Florio’s “Quartette,” one of the first pieces written for any saxophone quartet. Florio composed it for the Adolphe Sax Quartet, headed by the instrument’s inventor and namesake. 

The program also includes “Quatour” by French composer Alfred Desenclos. It is a standard in the saxophone quartet literature that exemplifies the early 20th century French style of composition, said Angela Space, a member of the quartet and SUNY Oswego’s music faculty.

The program also features a piece by Astor Piazzolla titled “History of the Tango.” The composer traces a century of the evolution of the tango form, from the lighthearted “Bordel 1900” to the romantic lyricism of “Cafe 1930” to the energy of the new tango and the bossa nova in “Nightclub 1960” to a flirtation with the harmonies of Stravinsky and Bartok (and also jazz) in the “Concert d’aujourd’hui.”

“Many people have never heard a saxophone in a classical chamber setting,” Space said. “It is a unique and beautiful sonority rivaling that of the string quartet.”

The quartet consists of Space and three visiting performers who also are music professors: Lynn Clock of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, David Pope of James Madison University and George Weremchuk of the University of Central Florida.

In addition to the evening performance, the quartet will provide an educational residency, a master class for local high school saxophonists and an interactive informance for the campus and community.

A member of SUNY Oswego’s music department since 2004, Space has performed throughout the United States with such groups as the New World Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic and the Temptations.

Klock has presented performances throughout the country and abroad, premiered new saxophone works by notable contemporary composers and recorded several albums on the Open Loops label.

Pope has toured North America with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, contributed the ongoing Creative Jazz Improvisation column to Saxophone Journal and authored “Dave Matthews Band: Just the Riffs for Sax.”

Weremchuk was featured on the New World Symphony recording “Real World Jazz” on the RCA Red Seal label and played with the international touring company of Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies.”

A grant from the Rosamond Gifford Foundation supports this year’s Ke-Nekt series. WCNY Classic FM provides media support.

Tickets for the Pioneer Saxophone Quartet evening concert cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students).

For more information or to make reservations, call Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail

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(Posted: Oct 13, 2005)