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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Utah Saxophone Quartet @ WSU (Ogden: March 22)


Utah Saxophone Quartet Returns to WSU

Who:  Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: Utah Saxophone Quartet
When: Thursday, 22 March 2012, 7:30 pm
Where: Allred Theater, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts.

Weber State University Department of Performing Arts presents The Utah Saxophone Quartet Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 pm in the Allred Theater, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is free and children age eight and over are welcome to attend.

The quartet use the French saxophone quartet instrumentation with Ray Smith on soprano, Daron Bradford on alto, David Feller (WSU Faculty) on tenor, and Gaylen Smith on baritone -- all members being BYU School of Music alumni. 

The program will feature an interesting mix of classical, jazz, ragtime and “surprises.” As David Feller says, “we are great friends and have been playing together for many years. We like to share the fun we have with our audiences. There is a LOT to share with our combined talents. We have over 100 years of experience in teaching and performing. It really adds up to great music everyone can enjoy!”

All of the members of the ensemble double on multiple woodwinds, and the quartet will often add clarinet quartets, flute quartets, or mixed woodwind quartets to concert programs. Each member of the quartet is extensively active in the Utah recording scene, and all are mainstays in the Utah performance arena.

The Utah Saxophone Quartet was formed at Brigham Young University in 1983 by Ray Smith, who was hired to teach saxophone at BYU in 1982. The Utah Saxophone Quartet has been a pioneering ensemble since that time. The current personnel has been stable since about 1985. In fact, they have been friends since high school and have studied with several common teachers, including Steve Allen and David Randall, former director of the BYU School of Music.

For more information about this concert, contact David Feller at 801 626 6436 or dfeller@weber.edu

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