Ancia Quartet Sets Performance

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Dec. 19, 1996

Ancia Quartet to Perform Feb. 4

The Ancia Quartet, a Twin-Cities based saxophone ensemble, will perform a concert as part of the Wyman Series at UW-River Falls on Feb. 4.

The concert is set for 8 p.m. in the Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Tickets are available at the door and cost is $5 for non-students.

The Ancia Quartet captivates audiences with a rich musical combination of skill and creativity. The ensemble performs a wide variety of music, including new music, their own arrangements, traditional classical, and toe-tapping jazz and swing.

"Most people who come to our concerts find something they really enjoy," said quartet member David Milne, who would recommend this concert for all types of audiences. Milne is the tenor saxophone player for the Ancia Quartet and an instructor of woodwinds and jazz studies at the University.

The quartet focuses on modern compositions; they work closely with composers to commission new works and present premiere performances.

In fact, in their Feb. 4 concert, the Quartet will perform the world premiere of a piece composed by Robert Brownlow titled "In Admiration." Brownlow is a professor in the music department and director of the brass ensemble at UW-RF.

The Quartet will also premiere a work by Milne, who writes most of the jazz pieces performed by the quartet. This newest jazz arrangement by Milne is based on the blues.

Since its founding in 1990, the Ancia Quartet has performed numerous college concerts, particularly in the Midwest. Last year the Quartet performed as the feature group at the Minnesota and Iowa State Music Conventions, and at the National Saxophone Convention.

The group is actively involved in working closely with other saxophone quartets. They recently performed in Berlin in the new music series "Klangfenster '95" in which they presented a program of American quartets and premiered several octets with the Berlin Saxophone Quartet. The Ancia Quartet also appears frequently on Minnesota Public Radio.

For more information call 715/425-4911.



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