Friday, February 19, 2016, 11:00am & 7:30pm
Concerts are free and open to the public.
Doors open 30 minutes in advance of concert.
The Mana Quartet
Diane Hunger, tenor
Michael Hernandez, soprano
Thomas Giles, baritone
Michael Mortarotti, alto
Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 891 from The Well-Tempered Clavier (1740)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Saxophone Quartet, Op.109 (1932)
1. Première partie
2. Canzone variée; Variations Nos. 1-5
Intermission (7:30pm Concert Only)
Milonga del Angel
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Saxophone Quartet (2014)
*Dedicated to The Mana Quartet*
Stephen Dankner (b. 1944)
1. Molto moderato
2. Andantino giovale
5. Presto meccanico
Championed by Chamber Music Magazine as “Saxophone Ambassadors”, the Mana Quartet will guide you into a world of sonic possibilities. The award winning ensemble's cathartic programming, including trailblazing 21st century repertoire, 20th century masterworks, and often a nod to J.S. Bach, provides audiences with passionate presentations performed on vintage instruments built to the specifications of the instrument's inventor, Adolphe Sax. These instruments offer a striking aesthetic characterized by their intrinsic warmth, dynamic range of character, and absolute versatility. Mana redefines the saxophone in classical music.