Amherst and Arcata Play Chihara at Chautauqua

Chamber Music America magazine

A Publication of Chamber Music America, June 1999, Volume 16, Number 3

On July 15, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet and the Arcata String Quartet will join forces at Chautauqua, NY to present a concert of quartets and octets, featuring the premiere of Forever Escher by Paul Chihara. This new work is one of three octets composed for the Amherst by Chihara, who is based in southern California and has a long history of composing works for concerts, television, and film.

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet has performed internationally, sharing their love for the saxophone ensemble and their desire to build the repertoire for the saxophone quartet. Heard on a number of national radio programs and on NBC- TV's Tonight Show, the group (Susan Fancher, Russ Carere, Stephen Rosenthal, and Harry Fackelman) is based in Buffalo, NY, and is in residence at the University at Buffalo.

The Arcata String Quartet was founded in 1993 at the Manhattan School of Music, and includes violinists Marjorie Bagley and Christopher Takeda, violist Brant Bayless, and cellist Michael Carrera. Next season they will make their debut at London's Wigmore Hall, as well as making their way through the US on a fourteen-concert tour sponsored by Community Concerts LLC. The Arcata has two recordings on the VOX label, with a third on the way featuring Brahms's two sextets with guest artists Peter Rejto of the LA Piano Quartet and Kikuei Ikeda of the Tokyo Quartet.

Amherst and Arcata Play Chihara at Chautauqua