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Performing music by:
GLAZUNOV, FRANCAIX, ITURRALDE and SINGELE
(Final repertoire subject to change)
Federico Mondelci, soprano saxophone
Davide Bartelucci alto saxophone
Pasquale Cesare, tenore saxophone
Michele Paolino, baritono saxophone
The award-winning Italian Saxophone Quartet was founded in 1982 by four saxophone soloists, close friends determined to join together to perform chamber music for saxophone at the very highest artistic level. Since then, they have played to wide acclaim in more than 500 concerts for leading presenters in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, USA, Sweden, Lebanon, Bermuda and Russia. The quartet’s concerts have been recorded and broadcast by the Italian RAI-Radio 1 and RAI-Radio 3 as well as by Swedish, German, Japanese and American national radios.
Among their important projects, the quartet has performed Luciano Berio’s “Outis” with the Symphony Orchestra of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. They appeared as soloists with the Malipiero Symphony Orchestra in works by Piazzolla and Dubois, and collaborated with the Fonè String Quartet on the creation a new arrangement of the Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach for string and saxophone quartets, which was premiered at the XXII International Chamber Music Festival in Asolo.
The Italian Saxophone Quartet annual tours of the United States have brought them to New York City, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, and venues in California, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Idaho, Alaska and now Rhode Island.
A highlight of the current season is their Washington DC début with two concerts on the prestigious Dumbarton Oaks series. International activities include concerts at the Bermuda International Festival, the Alicante Festival (Spain), the Oleg Kagan Musikfest in Munich (Germany), the Palaces of St. Petersburg Chamber Music Festival (Russia), and the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut.
Their discography includes two CDs on the Delos label featuring music by Astor Piazzolla, Anibal Troilo, Pedro Iturralde, George Gershwin, Paul Nagle, Nino Rota, and Michael Nyman.
"Think you don't like saxophone quartets? Oh my, think again! . . . A revelation . . . knocked me out from the first notes." - Monterey Peninsula Herald
"A true world-class act. It was the total package that wowed the audience. Every note of the evening was exquisite and this team really knew how to put on a show." - Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Ethereal and sensual sounds alternated with blazing virtuosity" – Il Corriere Adriatico
"There was musicality to burn-and technique likewise. Intense applause. They could have gone on playing for us all night." - La Repubblica, Rome
|3/28/19 at 7:30 pm