ANCIA Saxophone Quartet
May 9, 2015
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
$5 in advance or for students
$10 at the door
Locally based ANCIA Saxophone Quartet presents a striking program of contemporary music. The program features music entirely by contemporary American composers.
Michael Torke’s July (1995) is an energetic, post minimalist work that synthesizes pop music grooves into a concert setting. Ramon Ricker's Three Jazz Settings for Saxophone Quartet features dance-inspired music: Danse Macabre, Bolero, and Trance Dance. Christopher Rutkowski’s Dervish is a based on authentic dance used in the ceremonies of the Whirling Dervishes, priests in the Sufi sect of Islam. ANCIA will also present Canonic Suite, by two-time Pulitzer prize winner, Elliott Carter and a new composition by Justin Rito, entitled Atomus, based on Pablo Neruda’s poem, “Ode to an Atom.”
This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.
There is no charge for patrons enrolled in one or more of the following: TANF, MFIP, WIC, General Assistance, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Benefits, Food Stamps, Section 8, or Free/Reduced Price School Meals. Please share with us proof of enrollment.
Celebrated for its artistry, virtuosity and exquisitely blended sound, ANCIA (AHN-chee-uh, the Italian word for reed, the small piece of wood that vibrates to produce the saxophone tone) performs and conducts educational workshops throughout North America, Europe and Asia, juxtaposing traditional classical music with contemporary pieces by modern composers. The Minneapolis-based quartet’s repertoire spans centuries and musical styles – Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Jazz, Pop – with a special focus on modern work.
ANCIA is featured regularly on American Public Media’s Performance Today and on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live From the Chazen. The quartet has performed twice at the World Saxophone Congress, and in 2007, toured South Korea with performances at Seoul National University, the Da-ism New Music Festival in Daegu, and the International Music Festival in Gwangju.
The group’s passion for contemporary music pervades its critically heralded CD “Short Stories,” which features the title work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon along with music by Charles Ives, Fred Sturm and Michael Torke.
ANCIA is Joan Hutton (alto saxophone), David Milne (tenor saxophone), Matthew Sintchak (soprano saxophone) and Angela Wyatt (baritone saxophone).
Tickets can be securely purchased by credit card or through your PayPal account in advance, or by cash, check, or credit card at the door. Tickets purchased online will be held at the door.