Classical Sax with Ashu

Ashu

2:00 pm • Sunday, March 1st 2015
Hyde Collection • Glens Falls, NY

Yes! Classical saxophone is coming to the region, to the Hyde Collection to be specific. On Sunday, the de Blasiis Chamber Music Series continues its 2014-2015 season with a recital by classical saxophonist Ashu.

[Ashu] played so lovingly…indeed a terrific player, wonderful artist, and virtuoso…a pleasure to hear music so well played…glorious! An extraordinary artist.  —John Corigliano, Pulitzer Prize and Oscar winning composer

a remarkable saxophone virtuoso… he is in perpetual motion on stage and has an ability to keep an audience totally enthralled, as he certainly did at Steinway Hall.  —Robert Sherman, WQXR

Riveting…Brilliant…Pizzazz to burn!…Great rhythmic flair…lovely singing line….very attractive sound…gives the impression of great freedom…  —Performance Today


Ashu has established an extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences around the world through his charismatic and emotive performance style. While his virtuosity continues to thrill listeners, Ashu’s artistry reaches far beyond this, demonstrating a unique personality and musical voice. He has repeatedly defied conventions by winning major international competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists.

While the saxophone is not the first instrument to come to mind as a featured instrument in concert music, Ashu embraces the challenge to change this. He says, “It’s really an incredible instrument. It can play with such emotional intensity, sing like a voice, and effortlessly project in the largest of halls. It’s capable of a lot of really beautiful things.”

For the de Blasiis Chamber Music concert on Sunday, Ashu will be joined by Canadian pianist Winston Choi who himself is an accomplished performer having won the 2002 Orléans Concours International and Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition. The program is to include:

  • Sergei RachmaninoffAndante from Sonata for cello and piano, Op.19 (arr. for alto sax & piano by Ashu)
  • Paul Creston —Sonata, Op. 19 for alto saxophone and piano
  • Astor Piazzolla — Three Tangos (to be announced from the stage)
  • Ennio Morricone Italian Film Suite
  • Jules DemerssemanFantaisie sur un thème original for alto saxophone and piano

If you’re a little unsure or trepidatious about the saxophone as a legitimate classical recital instrument, you’re not alone. My father is right there with you. But I encourage you to to click the player image below to take listen … and then I dare you to go to the concert. You might be surprised at how pleasing it really can be!

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