Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
Joe Marasco, Executive Director
March 15, 2017 12:00 p.m.
City of Angels Saxophone Quartet (COASQ) will perform March 19 as part of the sixteenth season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. The ensemble also will be featured at a free Family Concert on March 20.
The March 19 performance, “From Classical to Jazz,” will be held at 5:00 PM at Walker’s Landing on Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The March 20 free Family Concert, “The Many Voices of the Saxophone,” will start at 3:00 PM at the Robert’s Learning and Achievement Center of the Boys & Girls Club, 1175 Lime Street in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for these and other upcoming concerts are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.
The City of Angels Saxophone Quartet has championed the emergence of the saxophone quartet genre on the concert stage for more than 25 years. Reflecting the musicians’ varied life experiences and tastes, the ensemble performs an expansive repertoire, featuring a unique blend of classical, swing, jazz, and pop. The group also crafts many of its own arrangements to meet programming needs.
Shortly after its founding at Cal State University Northridge, the Los Angeles-based ensemble was the first saxophone quartet to win top honors at the prestigious Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions.
COASQ, which has performed extensively in the U.S., toured the U.S.S.R. in the early 1990s as a grant recipient. Recent highlights include an appearance at the 2015 Paderewski Music festival, a performance at the Los Angeles Music Center and a premiere of a new work written for the ensemble. The group released its debut recording, “City of Angels Live,” in 2015. Later this year COASQ will release its second recording, featuring many of its original arrangements, a few of which will be heard at this concert. The group will return to Southeast in June to perform at the Madison Chamber Music Festival in Madison, Georgia.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will continue on March 31 with a performance by the Dover Quartet, the Festival’s Quartet-in-Residence. The Dover will hold a master class for promising young musicians on April 1, followed by a concert with renowned pianist Valentina Lisitsa on April 8. The Festival will continue through April with four more memorable performances, two of which are free. Complete information and tickets for all of these concerts are available at www.aicmf.com.
About the AICMF
Now in its sixteenth season, The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is nationally recognized as one of the foremost music events of its kind. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.