Contemporary classical music showcases blends of jazz, popular, and international music
Though heavily associated with jazz music, the saxophone was originally invented by renown Belgium instrument maker Adolphe Sax to add a new sound to the symphony orchestra in 1840. Due to the wide and colourful range of the saxophone, it quickly became a favourite of classical composers in the 19th century and the instrument of choice in a diverse array of genres. Stereoscope will perform on various sizes of saxophones, from the large baritone saxophone to the higher pitched straight soprano saxophone as well as the more common alto and tenor saxophones.
The 20th century saw a renaissance of experiments in music-making, with new genres appearing such as jazz, pop, tango, mambo, and rock and roll. Composers found themselves immersed in a new world of sounds and possibilities, and many sought to blend these new forms of musical expression with their conventional training. Stereoscope begins with the music of Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla. At the premiere of his symphony in Buenos Aires in 1953, a fight broke out among the audience who were offended by the inclusion of folk instruments in the orchestra. Despite initially attempting to hide his tango background, his music is what has made tango a celebrated and standard part of classical and jazz music. The music of Philip Glass, composer of music from films such as The Truman Show and The Hours, French composer Alfred Desenclos, Grammy award winner composer Eric Whitacre, and “cross-over” jazz and classical saxophone virtuoso Philippe Geiss will also be showcased.
Having performed at the Canadian Music Centre, Montreal Contemporary Lab, Wilfred Laurier University and the Toronto Creative Music Lab, Stereoscope specializes in the performance of contemporary classical music. They have premiered works by emerging composers across Canada including Markham composer Matt Poon. They look forward to performing the music of Robert Lemay closer to the earth’s core than ever before in Sudbury’s, Physics Laboratory 2km below the ground in February 2017. When not busy performing, their members are dedicated music teachers in the Richmond Hill and Markham areas.
York Region Chamber Music is made up of classically-trained musicians who live and work in York Region dedicated to presenting musical events inside and outside the concert hall. This concert is part of a three concert series exploring the music of the past, present, and future. This concert is supported by the Town of Richmond Hill Community and Cultural Grant.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts – Plaza Suite, 10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
Stereoscope Saxophone Quartet
Samantha Etchegary; Jacob Armstrong; Lucas MacPhail; Olivia Shortt (saxophones)
Philip Glass - Saxophone Quartet
Alfred Desenclos - Quatuor pour saxophones
Astor Piazzolla - Libertango
Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion
Eric Whitacre - October
Philippe Geiss - Patchwork
Regular Admission $27
21 & Under $21
Tickets available in person from the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office
Online at www.rhcentre.ca
By phone 905-787-8811