Classical & Jazz Benefit Concert

Today's Nantucket

The Nantucket Arts Council will present the last concert of its season on Saturday, June 21 st. at 8 p.m. at the Coffin School on Winter Street. The Amherst Saxophone Quartet returns to Nantucket during its nineteenth season of concert performances, which have included programs at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Chautauqua, broadcasts on National Public Radio, and NBC's Tonight Show. This promises to be a treat for classical-music and jazz lovers alike.

With The Wall Street Journal headline "Roll Over, Beethoven (You Too, Coltrane); Classical Sax is back," the Amherst Saxophone Quartet enters a new era for saxophonists, "now that the White House has a tooter for a tenant." Music teachers are reporting an increase in sax students, and sales of saxophones are up, as are sales of CDs and records featuring solos on this mellow instrument. While the sax is a staple in the jazz world, big bands, and high school marching bands, classical sax players are a small and select group of professional musicians who play everything from 18th-century chamber music originally scored for strings to modern American compositions.

The New York Times has written that the ASQ is "first rate in every respect"; The Washington Post calls the group's classical and jazz repertoire "dazzling."

Tickets are available at the Jared Coffin House, as well as at the door on the night of the concert; $15 for adults. $7 for students.

Classical & Jazz Benefit Concert