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Release: July 18, 2000

Ancia Saxophone Quartet to present free concert July 24

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 24, in Clapp Recital Hall 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 24 and 25.

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, Concert Band and Iowa Brass Quintet, and as a member of the Duo Nouveau with guitarist Matthew Ardizzone. This will be his third UI appearance with the Ancia Quartet since joining the group in1997.

The program of the July 24 concert will feature "Forecasts" by Daniel Kallman; Sintchak's arrangement of the Andante con moto movement from Charles Ives' First String Quartet; "Short Stories" by Jennifer Higdon; and "Three Sketches" for saxophone quartet by Richard Lawn.

Founded in1990, 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, improvisation and jazz techniques, expanded techniques for contemporary concert music, ensemble skills, equipment and saxophone reeds. Additional information on the workshop can be found on the world-wide web at

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 as 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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