October 17 2006
The performance will mark the Terre Haute premiere of "Tikvah," a riveting multimedia oratorio created by Burton Beerman, an internationally recognized American Jewish composer, based on the memoirs of Philip Markowicz, a living Holocaust survivor and Torah scholar.
A theatrical, musical epic, "Tikvah" features the sounds of the renowned Chicago Saxophone Quartet, the hauntingly beautiful voice of ISU music faculty member Colleen Davis, and the dramatically graceful dancing of Celesta Haraszti, soloist with the Hungarian Ballet Theatre, Budapest. With the soulful narration of Philip Markowicz, Beerman creates theatre by the reclamation of dignity and humanity in the face of one of the cruelest events in history, the Holocaust.
Formed in 1968, the Chicago Saxophone Quartet is a dynamic ensemble that has achieved a distinguished reputation for excellence in musical performance. Over the past thirty-five years, members of the Quartet have played for enthusiastic audiences in Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia.
Members of the Quartet include James Kasprzyk, founder and assistant professor at Vandercook College of Music; Leo Saguiguit, assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Wayne Richard, studio musician and freelance performer and Paul Bro, professor of music at ISU.
In addition to the many concerts and residencies at universities and arts centers, members of the Quartet have appeared with several orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Grant Park Orchestra. The Quartet has recorded for both Coronet and Brewster Records. In 1991 the Quartet released its first compact disc, "The Chicago Saxophone Quartet" on the Centaur label, and it released the compact disc "Capiccio" with the ISU Symphonic Wind Ensemble in 1994 on the Truemedia label. The Quartet released its third compact disc, "July," in December 2000.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department at (812) 237- 2772.
CONTACT: Paul Bro, ISU Music Department, (812) 237-2730, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Chicago Saxophone Quartet will perform as part of the Indiana State University Visiting Artist Concert Series at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Recital Hall of ISU's Center for Performing and Fine Arts, located at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets.