Classical, etc.

International Musician

By Karen Schnackenberg
Bach on Sax

Founded in 1978, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet is the performance arm of the Amherst Saxophone Society, Inc., which was founded to stimulate public interest in, and gain wider acceptance of, saxophone quartet music as an American art form. Now in its 14th season, the ASQ has performed in 30 U.S. states, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. Performances have been broadcast nationally on "St. Paul Sunday Morning," NPR's "Music in Washington" from the Kennedy Center, and internationally on "Voice of America." In 1985 the quartet made its national television debut on "The Tonight Show." For nine seasons the group has produced its own concert series of 'recitals, including more than 60 performances in Buffalo and Erie County, New York, each year. More than 100,000 school children have heard the quartet since its inception through the Young Audiences of Western New York.  

TheASQ performs both the classical repertoire as well as the classics of jazz. Recordings include "Mozart to Modern" with Lukas Foss, "Bach on Sax," "ASQ" and "An American Classic—Eubie Blake." The Amherst Saxophone Society's long-term goals include maintaining a permanent repertory quartet of the highest professional caliber and the encouragement of composers to write for saxophone quartet to create a 20th and 21st century repertoire to rival that of the contemporary string quartet.

International Musician: Amherst Saxophone Quartet