Program Book 1985 page 03
A Letter from the Amherst Saxophone Quartet

Welcome to the third year of our Concert Series at Canisius!


The past year has been our best to date — national broadcasts on "St. Paul Sunday Morning" on January 27 and August 11 and "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson on May 28. We recorded our second album in the Canisius Chapel, played again in the Kool Jazz Festival, and performed almost one hundred concerts. This season looks even more exciting!

As we begin our eighth season together, we are proud to announce that the ASQ has just been named "Artist-in-Residence" for the City of Buffalo in 1985-86. The residency includes more than fifty concerts of which the Canisius Series is the cornerstone. We will be giving performances in each of the nine council districts including many city parks. Major funding for the project comes directly from the City of Buffalo. We thank Buffalo for its unique commitment to chamber music. This kind of backing so impressed the panelists of Chamber Music America that they chose the ASQ as one of only twelve groups from across the country to be funded in their Residency Program.

The ASQ will be guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the second pair of subscription concerts on Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2. We commissioned world-renowned composer Nicolas Flagello to write "Concerto Sinfonico' for Saxophone Quartet and Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Semyon Bychkov, who was instrumental in having the work written, will conduct the world premiere. Please join us at Kleinhans. (Patrons and Benefactors of the Canisius series receive complimentary tickets and an invitation to the VIP reception following the concert.) The ASQ will then perform the Concerto with the Grand Rapids symphony in April of 1986.

Getting composers to write saxophone quartets has always been a priority of the ASQ. This year each of the four concerts features a world premiere by a major American composer. We are proud to present quartets by Lukas Foss, Lejaren Hiller, Carlo Pinto, and David Deason. You will also hear music of Bach and Handel, standard repertory for saxophone quartet, Ragtime, Jazz, and some surprises.

Thank you for joining us tonight. We hope you enjoy the concert and the reception that follows!

The Amherst Quartet


The Concert Series is part of the Buffalo and Erie County Cultural Celebration.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book Letter from the ASQ