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Release: Oct. 1, 1999
Saxophone Quartet from Croatia will perform and present
a master class at UI Oct. 18
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet from
Croatia will be guests of the University of Iowa School of Music, presenting
a free public recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in Clapp Recital Hall on
the UI campus.
Joining them for one piece will be saxophonist Matt
Sintchak, a member of the UI School of Music faculty.
The same day as their concert, the quartet will present
a master class, featuring performances by student saxophone groups from the
School of Music, at noon in the Voxman Music Building. The master class will
also be open to the public free of charge.
Since their debut in 1989, the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet
has reached a growing audience in Eastern Europe and around the world. Playing
a repertoire that ranges from Baroque transcriptions to premieres of new works
by Croatian composers, they have played and received critical acclaim in Austria,
France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey, Slovenia, Spain
and the United States.
In Erlangen, Germany, the local critic wrote: "The
Zagreb Saxophone Quartet offered a memorable and daring concert . . . the
interpreters have deserved great recognition for their effort and willingness
to take risks," and a critic in Ljubljana, Slovenia, reported, "The sound
palette of the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet is extremely rich, marked by pure
and beautiful shades."
For their concert at the UI, the quartet will play
five works: the Quartet for Saxophones, op. 102, by Florent Schmitt; "Cantus
Fractalus" by Srcan Dedic; "S.A.X." for solo alto saxophone and saxophone
quartet by Frederick Fox; "Kaskade" by Miklo Lazar; and an arrangement for
saxophones of Mozart's String Quartet in E-flat, K. 428.
All four members of the Zagreb Quartet -- Dragan Sremec,
soprano sax; Goran Mercep, alto; Sasa Nestorovic, tenor; and Matjaz Drevensek,
baritone -- are graduates of the Zagreb Academy of Music. In addition to their
work with the quartet, they are all active in Croatia both as performers and
An avid performer of contemporary music, Sintchak
has also given traditional solo recitals across the United States 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. He recently completed his
doctorate in saxophone performance with a Performer's Certificate from Eastman.
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/.