The Donald Sinta Quartet, First Prize Winner of the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, will perform in the last concert of the Friends of Good Music season at St. Bonaventure’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10.
The program will include adaptations of traditional works by Dvorak and Grieg, as well as contemporary compositions.
The Donald Sinta Quartet has earned praise from audiences and critics alike for its virtuosic performances, compelling recordings and distinctive repertoire. Hailed as “… a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power and virtuosity and an unconcealable ambition to connect with its newly found listeners” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), the DSQ performs entirely from memory, which strengthens an already palpable connection with its audiences.
Named for its mentor, legendary University of Michigan saxophone professor Donald Sinta, the quartet’s other competition successes include the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 2013 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and First Prize in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.
During the 2014-15 season, the DSQ made its New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall as part of the Concert Artists Guild (CAG) New York Concerts series, and other highlighted engagements include Purdue University convocations, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society and Market Square concerts. The quartet’s busy summer 2015 schedule features debut performances at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and Lake George Music Festival, as well as a return to the Great Lakes Music Festival, and a trip to Strasbourg, France, for the 17th World Saxophone Congress.
The DSQ was featured in the world premiere performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band, joining the University of Michigan Symphony Band as a soloist for a tour through China and Los Angeles. Performances took place at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Shanghai Conservatory. The quartet’s subsequent recording of the work garnered praise: Audiophile Audition declared them “superb musicians” and American Record Guide called it “the highlight of the album.”
This program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.
Single ticket prices are $20; $16 for seniors and St. Bonaventure employees, and $5 for students.
For tickets or more information, please call the QCA at 716-375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, QCA galleries open one hour before the concert and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. Visit the arts center online at www.sbu.edu/QuickCenter.
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