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Otterbein Wind Ensemble to Host Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet

October 03, 2016
Otterbein University

The Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, with members Jay Miglia, Wes Miller, Tom Regouski, and Michael Cox, will perform with the Otterbein University Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more about this event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1139440139463704/. More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music.

The wind ensemble will perform works by Shelley Hanson, Clifton Williams and Jaime Texidor which draw influence from Spanish and Latin American sources. The Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet will join the ensemble for the closing performance of the concert, Bob Mintzer’s Rhythm of the Americas. 

The Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet has been presenting unique and exciting performances since its inception in 1986 at Bowling Green State University. The quartet plays a variety of musical styles and selects literature from a vast repertoire of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Many of the works performed have been written for the quartet by composers such as Pulitzer and Grammy winning composer Jennifer Higdon, University of Michigan composer Evan Chambers and Chicago composer Elliott Cless.

The quartet has performed at the Bowling Green New Music and Art Festival, Columbus Arts Festival, Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Art, Society of Composers Conference, New Music Chicago Spring Festival, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Lancaster Festival, and Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio. The quartet has been artist-in-residence at the Arosa Musikwochen in Switzerland. It won first prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist in the Martigny (Italy) International Music Competition. 

The quartet is currently in the process of recording all saxophone quartet literature in the OMEA Solo and Ensemble list. This list is used by every band director in the state of Ohio as a resource to select established literature for their students to perform and is a member of the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Artists-in-Schools program. For more information about the quartet, visit their website at http://www.blackswampsaxophonequartet.com/.

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