Circle City Chamber Group Saxophone Quartet concert review

 

The Circle City Chamber Group Saxophone Quartet concert Wednesday at the Terrace at Market Tower was an intimate evening of music. The quartet, made up of saxophonists Scotty Stepp, Samuel Fritz, Matthew Altizer and Circle City Chamber Group music director and conductor Andrew Lyon, held their own through a concert of varied and demanding pieces. They hit their stride with F. et M. Jeanjean's Quartuor pour Saxophones. In the piece's third movement, Papillons, the quartet's dynamic swells and group rubato added to the phrasing and character of the piece. The third movement of Daniel Powers' Between Spring and Summer proved to be more challenging. The strict, and tiresome, accent pattern mixed with rhythmic hockets tripped up the players at key moments. Through the night the quartet seemed more at home with lyrical, lush chordal writing than with quicker, more agitated linear writing.

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