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2006

Washington Saxophone Quartet to perform at FMU, Feb. 15

            FLORENCE, S.C. – The Washington Saxophone Quartet will perform in concert as part of the Francis Marion University Artist Series, Wednesday, Feb. 15.

            The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

            The Washington Saxophone Quartet (WSaxQ) is the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the United States. Since 1997, recorded arrangements by the Washington Saxophone Quartet have aired daily throughout the United States on National Public Radio’s broadcasts of “All Things Considered.” Audiences greatly enjoy their connection to WSaxQ when they discover they’ve been hearing the quartet’s music each day. And, they are often surprised to find out they have been listening to four saxophones! The instruments are able to evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section.

            During more than a quarter century of giving recitals, informal concerts, and master classes in the United States, the Caribbean, and China, and on radio and television worldwide, the quartet has become an ensemble that draws on a rich repertoire and wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background. As past and present players in the elite, “special” military bands in the nation’s capital, WSaxQ’s members have performed thousands of concerts in schools throughout the U.S., giving them a special insight into programs for young people. As a community service, since 1992 the quartet has presented an annual benefit recital for Loaves and Fishes, a ministry to feed the homeless in Washington, D.C. A highlight and honor for the group was being chosen to perform for the 1997 presidential inauguration.

            More information about the group can be found at http://www.wsaxq.com/.

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Last Published: February 15, 2007 10:00 AM
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