Program Book 2000-2001 page 37
Concert IV: Sax Appeal Program Notes, continued

Among his many commissions are Kickoff, premiered by the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur during the Orchestra's 150th Anniversary; Violin Concerto, premiered by Andres Cardenes and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Lorin Maazel for that Orchestra's 100th Anniversary; and Second Symphony, premiered by the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz. Stock's compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in Europe, Mexico, Australia, China, and Korea. He has recorded on CRr, Northeastern, MMC, Ocean, and Ambassador. Stock has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, five Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, five Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and grants and commissions from Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, the Paderewski Fund for Composers, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, Boston Musica Viva, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Richard Stolzman, Duquense University, the Erie Philharmonic, and many others.

"Sax Appeal was commissioned for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet by Summerfest, a music festival in Pittsburgh, for its tenth anniversary season. The score was completed in June, 1990, and the premiere took place that July. The work is in four movements: Set Up, Blues, Sarabande, and Jump; the second and third movements are played without pause. Sarabande, the third movement, began life as a piece for recorder quartet, but seemed equally at home in the world of the saxophone. Jazz is clearly the primary influence, as befitting the genre that brought this wonderful instrument into its own. The homogeniety of the instruments from top to bottom also helped shape my sound-world." - David Stock

STEVEN GALANTE studied composition with [an Bach, Russell Peck, William Bolcom and William Albright. He supplements his compositional activities with teaching responsibilities in River Forest, Illinois, and with free-lance saxophone assignments in neighboring Chicago.

Sealed With a Kiss is a light-hearted piece made with unusual sounds such as tongue clicks, key pops, air noise, and, yes, kisses. And with that, we affectionately thank you for joining us for our 2000-2001 season. Please join us next season for another year of fun and adventurous music.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book program notes