Saxophone and Italian Baroque Organ Collaboration Featured in Concert at Memorial Art Gallery

November 7, 2013

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Students from the Eastman School of Music’s Saxophone and Organ studios will collaborate on a concert titled “Saxophone and Organ: 18th-century Italian Music in New Perspectives” on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. As part of the Third Sunday Concert series, the concert will be held in the resonant Fountain Court at the Memorial Art Gallery, which houses a full-size, antique Italian Baroque Organ. This concert marks the first time the Italian Baroque Organ has been featured with saxophones.

The concert highlights 18th-century Italian musical forms, with transcriptions of concertos by Vivaldi and Marcello, Bach’s Italian Concerto, and Ellwood Derr’s Passacaglia in Celebration of Carl Orff.  

Featured soloists are master’s degree students Jonathan Wintringham, soprano saxophone,  and Thomas Gaynor , organ, and DMA organ students Aaron James, Thatcher Lyman, and Amanda Mole.  They will be joined by two saxophone ensembles: the Eastman Saxophone Project and the Finja Quartet.

The Eastman Saxophone Project, composed of 12 Eastman saxophone students, is a “conductor-less” saxophone ensemble that performs all repertoire from memory. The ensemble is directed by  Associate Professor of Saxophone Chien-Kwan Lin with assistant director, graduate student Jonathan Wintringham. The Finja Quartet consists of four undergraduate saxophonists: Kevin Shao, soprano saxophone; Ainsley Kilgo, alto saxophone; Tyler Wiessner, tenor saxophone; and Dan Stenziano, baritone saxophone.

The Third Sunday Concert Series is a set of ticketed programs in the Fountain Court at the Memorial Art Gallery that showcases the Italian Baroque Organ. Concerts take place on the third Sunday of each month from October to March, and feature Eastman students, faculty members, or guests.

This concert is open to the public, and tickets are $10 (or $5 for students with ID). Ticket will be available at the door at 4:30 p.m. on the day of performance, or in advance from the Memorial Art Gallery