Raschèr Quartet to join Fredonia Wind Ensemble in concert

Wednesday February 26, 2020Roger Coda
Fredonia Wind Ensemble in rehearsal.
Fredonia Wind Ensemble in rehearsal.

The Fredonia Wind Ensemble will be joined by the celebrated Raschèr Saxophone Quartet at a concert on Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 p.m., at King Concert Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public.

“The Wind Ensemble is honored to perform with the world renowned Raschèr Saxophone Quartet!” said Professor Paula Holcomb, who will conduct the two ensembles in “And the Winds Shall Blow.”

“Known for their technical fineness and musical artistry, we are thrilled to collaborate with them on Pulitzer Prize winning composer Wayne Peterson’s ‘And the Winds Shall Blow,’” Dr. Holcomb said. A chromatic jigsaw of timbres and rhythms sets the foundation, she added.

“Known for their technical fineness and musical artistry, we are thrilled to collaborate with them on Pulitzer Prize winning composer Wayne Peterson’s ‘And the Winds Shall Blow,’” Dr. Holcomb said. A chromatic jigsaw of timbres and rhythms sets the foundation, she added.

Opening the concert will be the wind ensemble’s brass with an arrangement by Jay Friedman, principal trombone of the Chicago Symphony, of "The Perfect Fool from the Ballet Suite," by German composer Gustav Holst.

John Harbison’s version of Thelonious Monk’s "Ruby, My Dear" is the next destination of the wind ensemble, which is comprised of the top wind, brass and percussionists from the School of Music. Mr. Harbison is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer.

Symphony in B Flat, a classic wind band work by German composer Paul Hindemith, will conclude the concert of iconic works.

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