Episode #1916

In Studio with The Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet (photo by Tom Bray)

Last week, The Donald Sinta Quartet drove 11 hours from Ann Arbor, Mich., to perform in the Young Artists Showcase studio.

The group is named for legendary University of Michigan saxophone pedagogue Donald Sinta (with his blessing). Formed just four years ago, the quartet have already won praise and prizes. Having recently won first prize in the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, The Donald Sinta Quartet will make its New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall as part of the CAG New York Concerts series.

This program features previews of the Nov. 18 concert at Carnegie, as well as WQXR premieres, exclusives and a stunning arrangement of the finale to Dvorak's "American" String Quartet. The Sinta Quartet perform on matched saxophones from Selmer Paris.

Program details:

The Donald Sinta Quartet:
  Dan Graser, soprano saxophone
  Zach Stern, alto saxophone
  Joseph Girard, tenor saxophone
  Danny Hawthorne-Foss, baritone saxophone

Alexander Glazunov: Saxophone Quartet op. 109
     II. Canzona variée – Canzona; Variation IV a la Chopin; Variation V Scherzo
     III. Finale
Antonín Dvořák: IV. Finale vivace ma non troppo from String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 “American”
Annika Socolofsky: Bulgarity (2013)
Gregory Wanamaker: Elegy (2009)
Thierry Escaich: Tango Virtuoso (1993)
David Kechley: Rush (2002)

Produced by:

Aaron Dalton

Comments [2]

Joanne T Jackson from United States

Beautifully played and much appreciated! Thanks for your efforts and your expertise!

Oct. 30 2014 11:06 PM
Greg Kopia from Hillsborough, NJ

Have tried to listen to the Donald Sinta Quartet program and nothing happens when I hit the play button.....press play and.........silence. No progress on the time bar or time window.....so what's up with this???

Oct. 29 2014 08:15 AM

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