october, 2017

25oct12:15 pm- 1:00 pmFuego Quartet (Saxophones)12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural CenterPrograms:Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Fuego Quartet
Nicki Roman, Soprano Saxophone
Erik Elmgren, Alto Saxophone
Harrison Clarke, Tenor Saxophone
Gabriel Piqué, Baritone Saxophone

Selections from Italian Concerto, BWV 971 (8’)
I. Allegro
III. Presto
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
arr. Dave Camwell

Nuages (3’)
Eugène Bozza (1905 – 1991)

Misterioso from Quatour de saxophones (3’)
Ida Gotkovsky (b. 1933)

Tango Virtuoso (4’)
Thierry Escaich (b. 1965)

Michelangelo ’70 (3’) 
Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
arr. Jon Wintringham

Selections from Recitation Book (14’)
I. Broken Heart – Meditation on the chorale melody Der du bist drei in einigkeit (You who are three in one)
V. Fanfare/Variations on the chorale melody Durch Adams Fall (Through Adam’s fall)
David Maslanka (1943 –2017)

Wedding Dance (3’)
Jacques Press (1903 – 1985)
arr. José Oliver Riojas

Founded in 2015, Fuego Quartet is an award-winning chamber group devoted to the performance of both standard and contemporary works written for saxophone. They were awarded the Gold Medal at the 2017 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, 1st place in Brass, Winds and Percussion at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2nd Place in the 2017 National MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Comprised of graduate students from the Eastman School of Music, Fuego has been featured in various settings from standard concert hall venues to community engagement concerts. They have been featured artists at the Strong National Museum of Play, The George Eastman Museum, Dorris Carlson Reading Garden, Phillis Wheatley Library, Susan B. Anthony Museum, Washington Square Concert Series, OSSIA Presents and [Col][lab].

Nicki Roman has been awarded top prizes in national and international competitions and is the first classical saxophonist to receive the International Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship. She has presented solo and chamber music performances and has been a concerto soloist with orchestras. Nicki is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree with a certificate in Collegiate Music Teaching and a minor in Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music. She is a recipient of the prestigious Eastman Performer’s Certificate and the John Celentano Award for excellence in chamber music. She currently serves as Assistant Director to the Eastman Saxophone Project.

Erik Elmgren is a concert saxophonist, chamber musician, and educator dedicated to representing the saxophone’s flexibility in compositions ranging from transcriptions to contemporary works. Erik is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature at the University of Georgia, where he also serves as a teaching assistant. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois and the Eastman School of Music, where he received the John Celentano Award for Chamber Music Excellence. In the summer of 2016, Erik travelled with the Eastman Saxophone Project on a two-week concert tour in China.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Harrison Clarke is an active saxophonist and educator and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Georgia, where he is a graduate teaching assistant. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Harrison has performed and competed in various competitions in Europe and America and recently performed in China as a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project. While attending Indiana University, Harrison was a recipient of the Performer’s Certificate, the highest award given to a performer by the Jacobs School of Music.

Gabriel Piqué is a native of Augusta, Georgia. He holds performance degrees from the University of Georgia and Eastman School of Music and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a Graduate Fellow at the University of Illinois. Gabriel is an active soloist, giving performances and participating in competitions around the world. Most recently, he was the 1st Prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition in 2016 and Semi-Finalist at the International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition in Bangkok. An active chamber musician, Gabriel participated in the world renowned Eastman Saxophone Project.


(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST


Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60605

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