Four award-winning saxophonists, the Kenari Quartet, will present a guest recital as part of Baylor University’s Lyceum Series on Thursday, February 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Meadows Recital Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Members are Bob Eason (soprano saxophone), Kyle Baldwin (alto saxophone), Corey Dundee (tenor saxophone), and Steven Banks (baritone saxophone).
The versatility of their instruments is integral to this foursome, who present music from all periods of classical music, as well as jazz, soul, and other genres. Formed in 2012 at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Kenari Quartet has earned top prizes at the M-Prize Chamber Music Competition, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga Chamber Music Competition, Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Chesapeake Bay International Chamber Music Competition, and Coleman Chamber Music Competition.
Opening the Baylor recital will be music from 1735, the third movement (Presto) from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Italian Concerto. This will be played in a saxophone arrangement by Katsuki Tochio and the Kenari Quartet.
Next, the group will perform a quartet reduction of Russian composer Alexander Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto, Op. 109, from 1934.
Also to be heard are two arrangements by Kenari member Bob Eason: his setting of Ástor Piazzolla’s Michelangelo ’70 from 1969 and then “Capriccio,” which is the third of Felix Mendelssohn’s Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81.
American composer Joel Love wrote In Memoriam for saxophone quartet in 2015 to describe the emotions that he felt upon his father’s death from cancer in the preceding December.
The program will close with the fifth movement, “Fanfare/Variations on the chorale melody ‘Through Adam’s Fall’,” of David Maslanka’s Recitation Book from 2006.
This Lyceum Series recital, made possible by the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.