Program Book 1987-1988 page 14
Concert II Composers

IRA KRAEMER was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1942. He graduated from the Mannes College of Music where he studied conducting with Pierre Monteux and composition with Peter Stearns and William Sydeman. Mr. Kraemer's works include a Concerto for Harp and String Orchestra, an electronic ballet, and a Sonata for Harpsichord and Viola, his instrument. The Petit Suite for Saxophone Quartet is dedicated to the Amherst Saxophone Quartet. Tonight's performance is the premiere.

DANIEL PILON, a native of Montreal, Canada, was born in 1957. He began to study the saxophone at age thirteen and has been composing for the last decade. Mr. Pilon prefers to write chamber music for winds. His Transparences shows a superb command of the different colors possible to obtain from a quartet of saxophones.

ELLIOT DelBORGO was born in Port Chester, New York in 1938. A student of Vincent Persichetti, he received awards from the University Awards Committee, Festival of the Arts, Potsdam, and many commissions. Mr. DeIBorgo taught in Philadelphia from 1960 to 1966, and has been a faculty member of the State University College at Potsdam since 1966. He has written works for orchestra, band, chorus, as well as chamber music. The Quartet for Saxophones was written for the Texas Saxophone Quartet.

GREGORY KOSTECK, born in 1937, is a native of Plainfield, New Jersey. He received his B.M. from the University of Maryland, and M.M. and D.M.A. from the University of Michigan where he studied with Leslie Bassett and Ross Lee Finney. He also studied privately with Ton de Leeuw in Amsterdam. Dr. Kosteck's awards are many and include the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, three Horace Ruckham Fellowships, and a Fulbright Grant. He has taught at Washington and Jefferson College, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, and the University of Tennessee. His list of compositions is lengthy and includes operas, orchestral works, and chamber music.

ROBERT MOLS, a native of Buffalo, attended the Eastman School of Music where he obtained his Ph.D. degree and performance certificate on flute. At Eastman, he studied composition with Howard Hanson and Wayne Barlow. He also completed advanced study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In 1953 he joined the faculty at the University of Buffalo as head of the theoretical and instrumental divisions. Mosaics is the second quartet of Dr. Mols commissioned by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet. The first, Enchainment, was recorded by the ASQ on the Mark Records label.

ANDREW WHITE, saxophonist-composer, is the most voluminously self-produced artist in the history of jazz. Through his own music company in Washington, D.C. he boasts a catalogue of over 1,300 self-produced musical products including everything from 421 John Coltrane saxophone solo transcriptions to three music comedy books. Mr. White has been Principal Oboist for The American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, saxophonist with Elvin Jones and dozens of his own records, and a bassist with Stevie Wonder. His list of compositions is long and varied. The Amherst Quartet is premiering his Jazz Vignettes for saxophone quartet tonight.

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Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book Concert II Composers