Program Book 1985 page 13
The Amherst Saxophone Society, Inc. History

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

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet (ASQ) is the performance arm of The Society (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 eighth season with the same personnel, the ASQ has performed across the United States, including three concerts at Carnegie Hall and five appearances at the Kool Jazz Festival, has been broadcast on National Public Radio on numerous occasions, and is frequently heard throughout the world on Voice of America. In May of 1985 the Quartet made its national television debut on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. 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.

The ASQ records for Musical Heritage Society and Mark Records and is active in recording new American works for saxophone quartet. It has been a performing member of Young Audiences of Western New York 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, 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 the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Erie County, the City of Buffalo, the C. Michael Paul Foundation, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, Corporations, 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 today's greatest composers.

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Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book History