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Austin Saxophone Ensemble
Transfixed

Stephen Page, alto saxophone soloist

Jack Wilds, guest composer

Saturday, April 28 • 7:30 p.m.

 St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
8134 Mesa Dr • Austin TX 78759 [map]

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The Austin Saxophone Ensemble is back at St. Matt’s, continuing their 5th season with a concert that celebrates the power of the saxophone over us! This concert features soul-stirring and foot-stomping music by composers who found themselves transfixed by the possibilities of the saxophone. You’ll hear varied and engaging music by Jennifer Higdon, Bill Ryan, and Hirokazu Fukushima, as well as music of William Grant Still and Percy Grainger by way of talented saxophone arrangers Marc Ballard and Raymond Herrera.

We are eager to join forces with stunning alto saxophone soloist Dr. Stephen Page, Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas, as he performs the elegant melodies and swirling lines of the Ballade by Henri Tomasi. Hook ‘em!

And get excited for the world premiere of our second piece of newly-commissioned music, Transfixed by Austin composing phenom Jack Wilds. This exciting and masterful piece showcases the full range of expression possible in the saxophone ensemble, from lyrical and sensitive melodies to the impossibly intense sound of thirteen saxophones playing in a full-out unison.

We are so happy to be here in Austin in our 5th season 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!

PROGRAM

William Grant Still Elegy

Henri Tomasi Ballade for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (feat. Stephen Page, alto saxophone)

Jennifer Higdon Stomp and Dance

Bill Ryan Simple Lines

Jack Wilds Transfixed (world premiere)

Hirokazu Fukushima Antiphona

Percy Grainger Themes from Green Bushes

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Announcing ASEYouth Spring 2018!

If you are a 7th-12th grader, we want YOU to audition and have a chance to play great saxophone ensemble music with other terrific students from Austin-area schools! Sopranos, altos, tenors, and baris are all welcome. Members of ASEYouth will get to work with the professional saxophonists from the Austin Saxophone Ensemble on a week-to-week basis, culminating in a concert as unique as our city. And we always play awesome music – our awesome instrument deserves no less. Click here for complete information.

 https://austinsaxophoneensemble.com/aseyouth

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November 13, 2015 – Announcing our new 501(c)(3) non-profit status! Austin Saxophone Ensemble is proud to have achieved this new milestone in its existence. Ticket sales make up only a tiny fraction of what it takes to run an organization of thirteen saxophonists – think venue rental, musician fees, music purchases, commissioning new and amazing works to further the art of the saxophone ensemble, educational outreach, ensemble travel (to spread the word), and certain large instrument purchases. Phew!

Your tax-deductible donation will help Austin Saxophone Ensemble continue to create magical concert experiences here in this amazing city we call home, as well as serve our community’s young saxophone players by giving them invaluable experiences in ASEYouth. Click below to donate – thank you for being a part of the amazing saxophone family of Austin, Texas!

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Austin Saxophone Ensemble
Danzón

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!

 

PROGRAM

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