Program Book 1997-1998 page 03
Welocme to Our Concert Series

The ASQ celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season as one of the most active saxophone quartets in the world. During the past two decades it has toured extensively, premiered dozens of compositions written for it, recorded five albums, inspired younger musicians, performed for over 100,000 school children, and played a major part in establishing the saxophone quartet as both artform and entertainment.

The ASQ has performed in 35 States in the U.S., as well as Japan, Bermuda, and the British Virgin Islands. However, the Quartet also performs more than 50 concerts each year in Buffalo and Erie County. This series is the cornerstone for everything the Group does throughout the year. It serves as the laboratory for exploring new music, and is the place where most of the ASQ's world premieres are presented. This is the place to experience the excitement of discovery, as well as the joy of hearing familiar music.

The ASQ is proud to be In Residence at the University at Buffalo. The Quartet's duties include performing on campus and on tour, teaching classes in popular music and the business of chamber music, and recruiting gifted students to the University.

New this year is a partnership with the Olmsted School, in the City of Buffalo. The Quartet will give a full range of musical services to the Olmsted community. The ASQ will also reach into rural Erie County with performances in the Iroquois Central School District. The Group returns to the Bijou Grille for a third year, by popular demand.

The ASQ has just produced a video of its Young Audience performances at Olmsted School. It is designed to introduce children to the life long joys of chamber music. We do not know of any other video like it. The ASQ's latest CD will be available this season, as well. It features four works written for us by living North American composers. The recording was produced by Judith Sherman, who has won Grammy Awards for her work in chamber music.

The members of the ASQ wish to dedicate our Twentieth Season to two remarkable people who were instrumental in the growth and nurturing of the ensemble, Ethel Siegel and Jean Templeton. We miss them greatly.

The Amherst Saxophone Society, Inc. is the not-for-profit corporation that runs the ASQ. We are grateful for the tax deductible support we have received over the past 19 years. It has enabled the Quartet to accomplish well beyond what many thought was possible. With your help, the best is yet to come!

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