Program Book 1999-2000 page 03
Welocme to Our 22nd Anniversary Season

This is an exciting year for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet and we are gratified that you have joined us for this evening's performance.

Once again the Quartet will be in the national spotlight. CBS Sunday Morning was at the Florida International Festival in July to record the ASQ for an extended feature that, as of this writing in August of 1999, is scheduled for national broadcast in the late fall. It is expected that a CBS crew will be at the first set of this concert series to document the ASQ's activities at UB and in Western New York.

We are hard at work building a saxophone studio at UB. It will draw some of the best undergraduate and graduate students from around the country to study the art of playing the saxophone. The opportunity to study and coach with members of the ASQ, as well as legendary mentor Ed Yadzinski, is unique. While there are a number of centers such as the Eastman School of Music where fine string players go to study quartet performance and then establish professional chamber music careers, we are proud that UB is one of the first to offer this opportunity to saxophonists.

New this year, our residency extends to WBFO-FM. A special free preview concert, containing about 50 minutes of music to be drawn from the full program, will be recorded in front of a live audience on the Wednesdays before the Slee Hall performances. The program will then be broadcast the following Sunday at 4 pm on WBFO, 88.7 FM. In this way, you can hear the ASQ in concert and in your own home.

The programming for the 1999-2000 season is some of the best and most varied we've ever offered. This series is at the very center of the ASQ's activities for the entire year. It is the most public part of our residency at both the University at Buffalo, and in the City of Buffalo and County of Erie. It is the place to hear many of the Quartet's world premieres and experience the thrill of the new, as well as to further explore more familiar works.

We invite you to join us for receptions following the concerts. We are particularly excited about the festivities for the January set, entitled A Toste of Europe. After the Slee and Westminster performances a gourmet wine and cheese tasting will be provided by Georgetown Square Wine & Liquor and the Blue Moon Cafe. We are grateful for their support.


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