Acclaimed Angeles Sax Quartet to Perform at Blak Box Theater

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Desert Music Foundation hosts one of the nation’s best saxophone chamber ensembles

JOSHUA TREE, CA – Classical saxophone at its finest!  Critically acclaimed and heralded as one of the best saxophone chamber ensembles in the nation, the Angeles Sax Quartet will be appearing in a special concert performance at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater April 10th, 2011 at 2pm as a part of the Desert Music Foundation’s Classical Music Concert Series.

The Quartet recently won the Senior Wind Division Gold Medal at the prestigious 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition – the largest chamber music competition in the nation. The quartet was also a finalist in the 2010 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition and the 2009 Coleman Chamber Music Competition.  In addition, the quartet has performed at the U.S. Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, Virginia.

Founded in the fall of 2008, the Angeles Sax Quartet members include Christopher Elchico (soprano saxophone), Ryan Weston (alto saxophone), Umut Dursun (tenor saxophone) and Andrew Barnhart (baritone saxophone).

The saxophone was originally developed by Adolphe Sax in 1841 to serve as a replacement to a symphony orchestra’s string section while in a marching band setting and to also serve as a bridge in an orchestral setting between the symphony orchestra’s strong brass section and its weaker woodwind section.

We normally associate the saxophone with popular music, big band music, blues, early rock and roll, ska and, of course, jazz. This is a unique opportunity, however, to experience the saxophone as Adolphe Sax originally intended it – in a classical music setting.Kathleen Radnich, Desert Music Foundation Chair

For more information and/or tickets to the Angeles Sax Quartet concert performance on April 10th, 2011 at 2pm, call the Center’s box office at 760.366.3777 or purchase tickets online at www.hidesertculturalcenter.com.

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