Sound thinking

Buffalo News, The

Never accuse the Amherst Saxophone Quartet of not knowing when to take a winner and run with it. In October 1999, its program called Renaissance Sax featured seven transcriptions of works by the Flemish composer josquin Desprez. The concert was so rapturously received, by public and press alike, it is repeating it, almost verbatim. at 7:30 p.rn. today in Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Not only that, the quartet has taken those seven Desprez nuggets, added four more, and has produced a new CD called "Renaissance Masterworks of Josquin Desprez" which it will unveil at this evening's concert.

In addition to the Desprez selections, the concert includes four other repeats from 1999, all with some direct or oblique Renaissance reference: Poulenc's "Suite Francaise," selections by John Dowland, Pousseur's 1973 "Vue sur les jardins Interdits" and Paul Harvey's 1978 "The Harfleur Song." Tickets are $10 adult or $5 student/senior. Call 839-9716.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, the quartet will be guests of Buffalo Contemporary Dance at a concert in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center, Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St. Tickets are $15 adult, $10 student/senior. Call 633-5697
—Herman Trotter

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