Myra Presents : The Italian Saxophone Quartet

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January 19th, 2020

Jan. 19, 2020, at 2 p.m. at North Dakota Museum of ArtJan. 20, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at Mayville State University

I Italian Saxophone Quartet of Pasquale Casare (tenore saxophone), Michele Paolino (baritono saxophone), David Bartelucci (alto saxaphone) and Frederico Mondelci (soprano saxaphone) was founded in 1982 by four saxophone soloists; close friends determined to join together to perform chamber music for saxophone at the very highest artistic level. Since then, they have played to wide acclaim in more than 500 concerts in Italy (including the most important concert institutions), France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, United States, Sweden, Lebanon, Bermuda and Russia. The quartet's concerts have been recorded and broadcast by the Italian RAI-Radio 1 and RAI-Radio 3 and by Swedish, German, Japanese and American national radios. The quartet won a number of important chamber music competitions, including the unanimous First Prize plus a special prize at the prestigious "Premio Ancona" in Italy. Featuring the soprano saxophone master Federico Mondelci, the Sax Quartet presented a delightful program of classical, blues, Piazzolla's tangos and contemporary music. The quartet's flawless performance was entertaining for hardcore classical music fans and yet reached the more novice concert goer, which is just what we wanted. The uniqueness of their instrumentation and the unquestionable quality of the performance teamed with creative programming is a winning combination. - Corby Skinner, Director, Alberta Bair Theatre, Billings, Mont.

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