The Downtown Concert Series continues on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM. with an exciting evening of music by the East End Quartet, known for presenting concerts described as “deep and powerful, sweet and high, fast and mad- cap”. They are rapidly gaining recognition for their unique approach to programming, which features close collaboration with composers, in-house arrangements, and an eclectic range of their own transcriptions for the saxophone quartet. Col- lectively, the ensemble has premiered over forty works by prominent composers. Come and experience an entirely new side to the saxophone.
The program will feature Antonín Dvořák's second Piano Quintet featuring pianist Szu-Yi Li, Astor Piazzolla's “Four Sea- sons of Buenos Aires”, and the world- premiere of “Symphony Cocteau”, a work written for East End Quartet by English composer Graham Lynch.
Formed in 2014 among graduate students at the Eastman School of Music, the group quickly won first prize at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and sprang to national attention. Its members have additionally garnered individual top prizes from various national and international competitions. The focus of the ensemble is to expand the repertoire for the saxophone quartet, and so they have collabo- rated with several prominent composers, including Michael Djupstrom, Graham Lynch, Ken Thomson and Samuel Adler, among others.
This quartet performs almost exclusively from memory, according to Jonathan Wintringham, who plays the soprano saxo- phone for the quartet, and is also one of its founding members. Wintringham said their approach “engenders a closer con- nection to the music they present while facilitating a deeper level of communication with the audience.” He said the musi- cians work collaboratively to produce new arrangements and present concerts that are, “eclectic, engaging, and representa- tive of diverse musical styles.”
Wintringham has been described as, “a major force in the saxophone world,” according to American Record Guide. The internationally acclaimed saxophonist and recording artist has also been described as “absolutely stunning,” and “nothing short of a virtuoso, according to ‘The Sax’ Magazine, Japan. The Arizona Daily Star offers that Wintringham, “possesses a confidence and grace that comes from somewhere beyond experience.” He has received awards in numerous competitions including, the Astral Artists National Auditions and the Mahler Philharmonic Artists Auditions, among others. Myles Boothroyd is the alto saxophonist for the quartet and, “comfortably at home in [the] classical and jazz realm” according to Grand Traverse Insider. Matthew Amedio is tenor saxophonist in the quartet and holds the alto saxophone chair in Project Fusion and the tenor saxophone chair in East End Quartet. Timothy Harris plays baritone saxophone for the quartet and was highly involved in the activities of the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) prior to his joining East End.
The Downtown Concert Series is hosted at St. Peter’s Church, located at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, New Jersey. For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at DowntownConcertSeries.org or call 732.431.8383.