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Artists Series presents Ancia Saxophone Quartet

RELEASED: Oct. 8, 2009

Ancia Saxophone Quartet
Ancia Saxophone Quartet

EAU CLAIRE — The Minnesota-based Ancia Saxophone Quartet will perform Oct. 22 as part of the Artists Series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from 6:45-7:30 p.m. and at intermission.

Founded in 1990, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet is dedicated to the creation and performance of new works for saxophone quartet as well as the performance of traditional saxophone quartet repertoire. The ensemble has performed concerts and presented educational workshops in the United States, Canada, Korea and Europe, and is heard frequently on Minnesota Public Radio.

The diverse repertoire of the quartet covers many genres and styles, juxtaposing traditional with modern. The Artists Series concert will feature works by composers Jean Rivier, Jeff Myers, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Rutowski, Fred Sturm and Ramon Ricker.

The quartet has premiered many compositions written expressly for the group, including commissioned pieces underwritten by the American Composers Forum/Jerome Foundation and THE Commission Project. The group's first CD, "Variations," includes selections by Gershwin, Bach and Duke Ellington along with music composed especially for the quartet. "Short Stories: American Music for Saxophone Quartet" (2009) was released internationally on the Naxos label.

Angela Wyatt (baritone saxophone) received a graduate degree in saxophone performance in 1998 from Northwestern University. She now teaches at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. Matthew Sintchak (soprano saxophone) holds master's and doctoral degrees in saxophone performance from the Eastman School of Music and is a saxophone professor at UW-Whitewater. David Milne (tenor saxophone) holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the Eastman School of Music and is a saxophone professor at UW-River Falls. Joan Hutton (alto saxophone) received a master of music degree in saxophone performance from the Eastman School of Music. She has a large studio of saxophone and clarinet students and performs with the jazz-funk band Rare Medium.

Tickets are $17 for the public; $15 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff; or $7 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets for students are half-price, $3.50, up until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student ticket price.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when ordering by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin. The Artists Series also is funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio, WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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