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Release: July 2, 1999

Ancia Saxophone Quartet will present a free concert as part of UI workshop July 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Ancia Saxophone Quartet, including University of Iowa School of Music faculty member Matthew Sintchak, will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, July 12 in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

The concert is part of a two-day workshop on saxophone performance presented by the quartet to be held at the UI July 12-13 and repeated at Augsburg College in Minneapolis
July 20-21.

Members of the Ancia Quartet are Sintchak, tenor saxophone; Kurt Claussen, soprano saxophone; Joan Hutton, alto saxophone; and Angela Wyatt, baritone saxophone.

Sintchak joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1997. He has performed on the UI campus as a solo recitalist, as soloist with the UI Symphony Band and as a member of the Duo Nouveau with guitarist Matthew Ardizzone. This will be his second UI appearance with the Ancia Quartet since joining the group in 1997.

The program of the July 12 concert will feature the Andante and Scherzo of Eugene Bozza, the Saxophone Quartet of Jean-Michel Damas, and other works written expressly for saxophones, as well as an arrangement of pioneering jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton's "Blackbottom Stomp."

Founded in 1990, the Ancia Quartet is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Dedicated to both performing the extant music for saxophone quartet and the creation of new works for the ensemble, they have performed and presented workshops in the United States, Canada and Europe. They are often heard on Minnesota Public Radio.

Their debut CD, "Variations," features both classical and jazz styles, with pieces composed expressly for the quartet as well as music by Gershwin, Bach and Ellington. They have performed with the Berlin Saxophone Quartet at "Klangfenster '95" in Berlin and played at regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance. World premieres by Ancia include works commissioned for them by the American Composer Forum/Jerome Foundation and the Commissions Project.

The Ancia Quartet is a Selmer Co. artist group.

Topics for the workshop include the practice routine, jazz vs. classical playing styles, contemporary techniques and saxophone reeds. The workshop is open to saxophone players from junior high students to adults. Registration materials are available from the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes, 249 Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City IA 52242, or by calling (319) 335-3231.

Sintchak has taught at the University of Hartford; Nazareth College and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y.; and at Eastman, where he won a 1996-97 Teaching Prize. An avid performer of contemporary music, he has also given traditional solo recitals on the East Coast and performed with the Hartford and Portland symphonies and the Rochester Philharmonic and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble on two tours to Japan. Sintchak has studied at Boston University, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Paris Conservatory in France.

Claussen holds the Certificat from the Conservatoire National de Region de Bourdeaux in France, where he studied with one of the world's most respected saxophone teachers, Jean-Marie Londeix. He also received his master's degree from the University of Minnesota. He currently teaches in the Apple Valley, Minn. public schools.

Hutton has a bachelor's degree from Ithaca (N.Y.) College and a master's degree from the Eastman School of Music. She currently lives in Minneapolis, where she works as a free-lance performer and teaches a large studio of saxophone, clarinet and flute students.

Wyatt teaches in Eagan, Minn., public schools and at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She has a master's degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University.

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