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The Amstel Quartet brings Saxophone Sound to Montalvo
Award‐winning, internationally renowned saxophone quartet performs April 22
“Nothing short of astounding…a brilliant ensemble” “The best saxophone quartet in the world” Fanfare Magazine Dutch Radio 1
Above, left to right: Bas Apswoude (tenor saxophone), Olivier Sliepen (alto saxophone), Ties Mellema (baritone saxophone), and Remko Jek (soprano saxophone) are the Amstel Quartet.
SARATOGA, Calif.– A group of musical pioneers, the Amstel Quartet is one of the most accomplished and widely‐admired quartets of saxophonists in the world. In concert, they are consummate performers displaying a natural, engaging showmanship and an exquisite clarity of sound that brings audiences to their feet. They will showcase their remarkable abilities at the Montalvo Arts Center on Sunday, April 22, at 3pm. Tickets may be purchased through the Montalvo Box Office or via Ticketmaster.com. This performance, part of the Montalvo Villa Chamber Music Series, will give audience members the opportunity to enjoy fine chamber music on a Sunday afternoon in the serenity and elegant charm of the Grand Hall in Montalvo’s Historic Villa.
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The saxophone is, relatively speaking, a young musical instrument: invented in the 1840s by Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax, it is hundreds of years younger than the violin and the harpsichord, thousands of years younger than the flute and the drums. Certain preeminent composers of the 20th and 21st centuries have recognized its melodic potential, and written major pieces specifically for the saxophone, including Claude Debussy, György Ligeti, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Peteris Vask and Arvo Pärt. Like their chosen instruments, Amstel Quartet members Bas Apswoude, Olivier Sliepen, Ties Mellema, and Remko Jek, are relatively young musicians whose musical potential, nonetheless, has been enthusiastically recognized. They have been performing together as a group since 1997, when they met while touring with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. Each member a passionate and talented musicians in his own right, they were were galvanized by their desire to push the boundaries of conventional saxophone repertoire and raise awareness and appreciation for the instrument. They decided to name their ensemble after the Amstel River, which flows through the center of Amsterdam, to reflect their approach to music‐making: ever‐evolving and self‐renewing, the river reflects through its own watery prism the energy, history, and life taking place on its banks. For their repertoire, the quartet augments compositions specifically for saxophone with their own reworkings of chamber music, giving fresh life to classical material. They also frequently collaborate with artists from other disciplines, including dance, musical theatre, mime, and cinema, to discover new musical opportunities. They have toured extensively all over the United States and Europe, performing in such venues as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Vredenburg in Utrecht, the Stadtkirche in Darmstadt. They have been honored with a number of prestigious international prizes, including Concert Artists Guild Management Award, The Kersjes Prize, the Gaudeamus Interpreters Concours and the Hemke Prize for Chamber Music. To date, they have recorded seven CDs.
THE AMSTEL QUARTET
What: Concert by innovative Dutch saxophone quartet When: Sunday, April 22, at 3pm Where: The Historic Villa at the Montalvo Arts Center
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Admission: General: $30 | Members: $25 | Students with ID: $10. Tickets available through the Montalvo Box Office, Monday‐Friday, 10am–4 pm at (408) 961‐5858. Space is limited. # # #
About Montalvo Arts Center Montalvo Arts Center is an oasis of culture and nature whose mission is to create and present arts of all types, nurture artists, and use our historic Villa, buildings, and grounds in innovative ways that engage people in the creative process. Located in Silicon Valley's Saratoga hills, Montalvo Arts Center occupies a Mediterranean‐style villa on 175 stunning acres, including an international artist residency program. Senator James Phelan left the historic villa and grounds to the people of California for the encouragement of art, music, literature and architecture. In January 2005, the organization changed its name from “Montalvo” to “Montalvo Arts Center” to commemorate its 75th year as an arts center and to better communicate its mission to expanding local, national and international audiences. Montalvo celebrates its centennial in 2012. For more information about Montalvo Arts Center, call (408) 961‐5800 or visit http://www.montalvoarts.org/.
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