Saxophone Quartet, Lukas Foss

Quartet brings unique music blend to Amp

Chautauquan Daily

By Kate Maloney, Staff Writer

If the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's performance is as sharp as spokesman for the group Stephen Rosenthal's tongue, tonight's audience is in for a concert on the cutting edge. Read more »

Amherst Sax Quartet: Quartet brings unique music blend to Amp

Ad of note

Works reviewed: 
Quintet for Piano and Wind Instruments in Eb, K. 452, W.A. Mozart
Saxophone Quartet, Lukas Foss
Lullaby, George Gershwin
Jassamine Lane, Eubie Blake
Eubie Dubie, Eubie Blake
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Oct 9 1990
By: 
Herman Trotter

A record company supports a new release by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet and Lukas Foss
WELL. GUESS who's featured in the full-color, full-page ad that appears on the back cover of Musical America mag-azine and in the New York Times Sunday Magazine? Our own Amherst Saxophone Quartet and Lukas Foss, that's who! Read more »

Amherst Quartet hits peak on special night

Works reviewed: 
Saxophone Quartet, Lukas Foss
Quintet for Piano and Wind Instruments in Eb, K. 452, W.A. Mozart
Concerto BWV 913, Johann Sebastian Bach
Lullaby, George Gershwin
Eubie Dubie, Eubie Blake
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Oct 3 1990
By: 
Herman Trotter

There sure was a lot of non-musical activity attached to this concert. In addition to the dual preview that the performances represented, the Quartet's president, Mrs. Eleanor V. Millonzi, dedicated the concert to Philharmonic reed player Edward Yadzinski for long service to the ensemble as teacher, coach and program annotator. Read more »

ON THE WAY TO CARNEGIE HALL

Buffalo News, The

These are heady times for Buffalo's internationally renowned Amherst Saxophone Quartet. Last week their second compact disc on the prestigious MCA label was released (to be reviewed in Gusto shortly). On Thursday they will appear at New York City's Carnegie Recital Hall. And in between, at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to be precise, they will give a concert in Rockwell Hall on the Buffalo State College campus which will be an exact preview of the Carnegie concert and a generous sampling of the music on the new CD. Read more »

Amherst Saxophone Quartet: ON THE WAY TO CARNEGIE HALL

Saxophone Quartet leaps from Mozart to Gershwin

Works reviewed: 
Quintet for Piano and Wind Instruments in Eb, K. 452, W.A. Mozart
Lullaby, George Gershwin
Histoire du tango (1991), Astor Piazzolla
Saxophone Quartet, Lukas Foss
Fast Walk (1991), Daniel Dorff
December Drive (1993), Russ Carere
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Jan 24 1994
By: 
Herman Trotter

In this concert the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's journey from Mozart to modern turns out to be one big leap from 1784, when Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-Flat, K452 was composed, to 1920, the year George Gershwin wrote his long buried "Lullaby" for string quartet whose premiere waited until 1967.

Given the instrumentation of those two works, it's obvious that some transcribing had to be done before the ASQ could get its collective chops on the music. Read more »

Sax quartet program offers rags, riches

Works reviewed: 
Quartet in F Major, K. 590, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
July (1995), Michael Torke
Saxophone Quartet, Lukas Foss
Quatuor, op. 122 (1942), Joseph Jongen
All Right Blues (1996), Russ Carere
Falconer Street, Russ Carere
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Dec 5 1998
By: 
Herman Trotter

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet introduced its new soprano player, Susan Fancher, to the Buffalo audience in Holmes Chapel of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

They opened with the unscheduled "Two Bourrees" by Purcell, a sort of encore up front, whose festive ambience and bouncy rhythms demonstrated the big, blooming, resonant sound inherent in the chapel's very bright acoustics. Read more »

Saxophone Quartet, Lukas Foss

Foss' Saxophone Quartet (1985) was commissioned by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, and has become a part of the standard repertory for saxophone Quartet. It is infused with musical contrast and consists of four movements played without pause. The first is titled Introduction and is marked Agitato (explosive, but precise). Edgy figurines develop a nervous momentum, initially interspersed with sustained chords. Read more »

Foss, Lukas

1922 —
2009

Foss, Lukas (1922 - 2009) studied in Berlin, Paris and with Scalero and Thompson at the Curtis Institute, as well as with Hindemith at Yale. In 1953 he was appointed professor of music at UCLA, succeeding Arnold Schonberg in that position. He was music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (1963-70), and in 1971 became conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, introducing much new music. From 1981 to 1986 he was also music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. As a program planner and conductor he has been unorthodox. Read more »

RECORDINGS: Mozart to Modern. Amherst Saxophone Quartet, Lukas Foss, pianist. MCA Classics

Works reviewed: 
Quintet for Piano and Wind Instruments in Eb, K. 452, W.A. Mozart
Saxophone Quartet, Lukas Foss
Lullaby, George Gershwin
Jassamine Lane, Eubie Blake
Eubie Dubie, Eubie Blake
Pittsburgh Press, The
Pittsburgh, PA
By: 
Donald Rosenberg

A few bars into Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452, you suddenly realize that, no, these aren't the designated winds (oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn) of Mozart's quintet, but four saxophones who sound uncannily like the originals. Soon, the distinctive colors of the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes inhabit Mozart, and the Amherst players make a convincing case for style over purism. The performance is a treat from the Amherst's occasional camouflage act to Lukas Foss' elegant pianism. Read more »

Syndicate content