Austin Saxophone Ensemble
Saturday, February 3 • 7:30 p.m.
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
8134 Mesa Dr • Austin TX 78759 [map]
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Get ready to get your DANZÓN! The Austin Saxophone Ensemble is back at St. Matt’s, continuing their 5th season with a concert that’ll make you want to shake it! Join us for the funky ride and low power chords of the Double Concerto by Jonathan Russell, featuring soloists Ben Kessler on tenor saxophone and Michael Hertel on baritone saxophone. Bring out your inner harlequin in the quirky, joyful dances of Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky, and your inner ballerina (or ballerino) with the graceful Arabesque No. 2 by Claude Debussy. Bring it all inside yourself with the passionate lyricism of the first movement of Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler, presented by ASE’s ever-soulful alto saxophone soloist Liz Love and guest conductor Jonathan Villela.
And don’t forget the title track for our concert, Arturo Márquez’s stirring and seductive Danzón No. 2. This piece has captured the hearts (and feet) of audiences around the world, even being featured on the Amazon show Mozart In The Jungle, and we are thrilled to present its rousing rhythms and whirling melodies with fourteen saxophones, from soprano to bass.
We are so happy to be here in Austin in our 5th season (FIFTH!) sharing this great music with our fantastic fans from the only city that could dream up a group like ours. Thank you for coming out and supporting the arts – you won’t want to miss this concert!
Igor Stravinsky Petrouchka
Jonathan Russell Double Concerto for Tenor and Baritone Saxophones (feat. Ben Kessler, tenor saxophone, and Michael Hertel, baritone saxophone)
Gustav Mahler Kindertotenlieder: Now the Sun Wants to Rise as Brightly (feat. Liz Love, alto saxophone, and Jonathan Villela, guest conductor)
Claude Debussy Arabesque No. 2
Arturo Márquez Danzón No. 2