ON THE WAY TO CARNEGIE HALL

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These are heady times for Buffalo's internationally renowned Amherst Saxophone Quartet. Last week their second compact disc on the prestigious MCA label was released (to be reviewed in Gusto shortly). On Thursday they will appear at New York City's Carnegie Recital Hall. And in between, at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to be precise, they will give a concert in Rockwell Hall on the Buffalo State College campus which will be an exact preview of the Carnegie concert and a generous sampling of the music on the new CD. Central to all of this activity is a musician well-known in these parts as a former music director of thc Buffalo Philharmonic, Lukas Foss. On the CD and in both concerts, Foss will be soloist in Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-F1at, K458, as transcribed for saxes by another Buffalo musical luminary, composer Leo Smit. A tip: Smit's transcription produces wonderfully natural-sounding reed-piano sonorities, and the performance is an utter delight. But wait! Foss also wears his composer's hat for these events, as the ASQ will play the Saxophone Quartet he wrote for them in 1985. It was described after its premiere as "a fascinating study in changing textures and sonorities." Also to be heard on the new CD and at both concerts will be Gershwin's "Lullaby" plus Eubie Blake's "Jassarnine Lane" and "Eubie Dubie," while Lowell Shaw's transcription of Bach's Concerto, BWV 913, and the 1961 Saxophone Quartet by Claude Pascal complete the Rockwell/Carnegie program.
—Herman Trotter

Amherst Saxophone Quartet: ON THE WAY TO CARNEGIE HALL