Program Book 1984 page 10
The Amherst Saxophone Society, Inc. History

The Amherst Saxophone Society, Inc. was formed to stimulate public interest in, and gain wider acceptance of, saxophone quartet music as an American art form through concerts, recitals, and workshops, and through the commissioning of new works for saxophone quartet.

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet (ASQ) is the performance arm of The Amherst Saxophone Society, Inc. (just as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is related to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc.). It began rehearsing
in January of 1978, and held its first public performances in March of that year. Now in its seventh season with the same personnel, the ASQ has performed in the United States from coast to coast, including three concerts at Carnegie Hall and four appearances at the Kool Jazz Festival, has been broadcast on National Public Radio on numerous occasions, and has regularly been heard throughout the world on Voice of America. The fall of 1983 marked the first time that the group produced its own four-concert series of recitals. Both a critical and box office success, the series is now an annual event. In the upcoming year the ASQ will be heard nationally on "Sr. Paul, Sunday Morning," make its first European tour, highlighted by a concert co-sponsored by the American Center of Paris and IRCAM, and perform the premiere of Nicolas Flagello's "Concerto for axophone Quartet and Orchestra" which was written for them.
The ASQ performs the standard works composed for saxophone quartet. In addition to this large repertoire, they have developed a unique library of manuscripts which includes many commissions and also music of the Baroque era, Jazz, Avant Garde, and Ragtime. The Group's close professional association with renowned composer-pianist Eubie Blake resulted in a recording of his delightful Rags for the Musical heritage Society.

Along with a busy chamber music schedule, the ASQ has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras including both the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics. The Group is active in recording new American works for saxophone quartet. It has been a performing member of Young Audiences since 1979, and gives workshops through the college level.

By January of 1979 The Amherst Saxophone Society was formed to serve as the administrative arm of the Quartet and was accorded not-for-profit status by the State of New York, and subsequently became incorporated in May of 1981. The Society has received support from lYSCA, EA, Erie County, and private donors.

The Society's long-term goals include maintaining of a permanent repertory quartet of the highest professional caliber and the development of a new collection of works by todav's greatest composers.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book History