KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Prism Quartet, a world-renowned saxophone group, will perform a recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall and then join the Western Michigan University Symphonic Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Miller Auditorium. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
Saturday's program features music by several award-winning Michigan composers: Christopher Biggs, WMU); Kristin Kuster, University of Michigan; and Alexis Bacon, Michigan State University. The program includes the world premiere of Biggs' "Surfaces and Essences" and "Forbidden Drive," a new work by Pew Fellow and Prism's resident composer, Matthew Levy. "Forbidden Drive" features guest saxophonist Andrew Rathbun, WMU, whom the New York Times hails as an "industrious saxophonist and imaginative composer-arranger." Prism will also present an adaptation of "Fearful Symmetries" by Pulitzer Prize-winner John Adams from the Quartet's just released "Paradigm Lost" album (XAS Records). Plus, one of Prism's favorites, "Night Music," by rising-star Emma O'Halloran.
On Sunday, the WMU Symphonic Band's variety-packed program will feature the quartet performing William Bolcom's Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Band. The Symphonic Band will also perform Roshanne Etezady's "Anahita," William Schuman's classic "George Washington Bridge" and John Philip Sousa's "Manhattan Beach" march.
For more information about the concerts, visit wmich.edu/music or call (269) 387-4667.
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