Program Book 2001-2002 page 03

Welcome to the 2001-2002 concert series here in our home town- at Westminster Presbyterian Church and UB's Slee Hall. This is the nineteenth consecutive year that the ASQ has produced a four-program season, making it the longest running annual series of saxophone quartet concerts in the world. We respectfully dedicate this year's series to the memory of Thomas Swan and Arlette Rosen.

We are very excited about the programming for the 2001-2002 season. 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 the University at Buffalo, as well as in Erie County and the City of Buffalo. 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.

New this year, we are presenting four programs at Westminster and an additional two programs at Slee Hall/UB. These six different programs cover a wide spectrum of music and are designed to please the discerning ear and the inquisitive intellect. Welcome!

In addition to our busy performing schedule, we are building a strong saxophone studio at UB. The program's goal is to bring the best undergraduate and graduate students from around the country to study the art of saxophone performance. The opportunity to study and coach with members of the ASQ, as well as legendary mentor Ed Yadzinski and jazz great Dave Schiavone, is unique. 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, and we are proud that UB offers this opportunity to saxophonists.

Please join us on the internet where the ASQ has a comprehensive site that includes hours of music for your listening pleasure, the latest news on the quartet, tips for musicians, and some surprises.

This is an exciting year for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet and we are gratified that you have joined us for this evening's performance. We invite you to join us for receptions following the concerts at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Slee Hall. Enjoy!

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