Sunday, June 21, 2020
Moravian College, Foy Concert Hall
- J.S. Bach: Prelude from Partita in E Major, BWV 1006
- J.S. Bach: Chorale: Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light, BWV 248
- John Mackey: Unquiet Spirits (2012)
- Joel Love: In Memoriam (2015)
- Gershwin: Three Preludes (1926)
- Glazunov: Saxophone Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 109
A saxophone quartet? Belgian flautist, clarinetist, and inventor extraordinaire Adolphe Sax may have had in mind a musical ensemble composed of saxophone, saxotromba, saxhorn, and saxtuba when he dreamed up these instruments in the 1840s. The wiser head of Marcel Mule, his successor as professor of saxophone at the Paris Conservatoire, prevailed, and Le Quatuor de la Musique de la Garde Républicaine was founded in 1928, featuring soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. This is the most common instrumentation and the one that Project Fusion brings to CMSOBs summer concert, where we try for “something completely different,” as the Monty Python troupe would say.
Project Fusion was founded in 2010 by four Eastman School of Music graduates and has been winning prizes ever since (e.g., the Fischoff Gold Medal, a first at the National Music Teachers Association Chamber Music Competition, Grand Prize and Audience Choice Award at the Plowman International Chamber Music Competition, and 2015 winner of the Astral Artist National Auditions). The group has been successfully winning over audiences to its musical philosophy of process and synthesis as well. Active in education and public arts outreach, Project Fusion is known for its audience engagement and diverse repertoire.