CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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)
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.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.