BRATTLEBORO >> The award-winning Asylum Quartet, which includes Brattleboro native and Brattleboro Music Center alumnus Tony Speranza, continues the BMC's 2015-16 Chamber Music Series with a March 18 concert.
The event – scheduled for 7:30 pm at the Centre Congregational Church on Main Street -- will include works by György Ligeti, Claude Debussy, and Antonin Dvorak. Tickets are $30 Patron and $20 general admission.
Lauded for "nonstop virtuoso skills" and "evocative, educational, and refreshing" concerts, the Asylum Quartet's repertoire spans traditional, contemporary and globally-minded works. Joseph Abad, soprano saxophone; Tony Speranza, alto saxophone; Max Schwimmer, tenor saxophone; and Andrew Barnhart, baritone saxophone, met in 2011 as graduate students at the The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut, and adopted their name from Asylum Hill, the storied Hartford neighborhood.
The quartet pays tribute to the cultural vitality of Asylum Hill through efforts to engage and captivate diverse audiences and contribute to the vibrancy of its home city. The Asylum Quartet is Ensemble-in-Residence at Hartford's Christ Church Cathedral, bringing a second season of free community concerts in downtown Hartford through 2016. In partnership with Hartford Performs, the quartet provides educational music programming to students in Hartford and beyond.
Recent highlights include a showcase performance at the 2015 Chamber Music America Conference in New York City, a six-day residency with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, as well as a full season of concerts, workshops, and masterclasses in southeastern Connecticut public schools as 2014-2015 Musical Masterworks Resident Ensemble.
The quartet has performed at the Boston Athaeneum, the Newport Music Festival, the Traverse City Film Festival, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and has been a featured guest on WNPR's Where We Live, WWUH's The 20th Century Limited, WNMC's Morning Jazz, and WCRI's Festival Series.
Asylum received the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.bmcvt.org or by calling 802-257-4523. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Founded in 1952, the Brattleboro Music Center is a vibrant, community-based organization, exceptional for the breadth and quality of its programs. Today, under the artistic-advisement of the acclaimed violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, the BMC consists of numerous performance, participation and education programs, led by talented artistic directors and a dedicated faculty of 40 professional musicians. Each year, the Music Center enriches the lives of more than 10,000 residents of southeastern Vermont and nearby New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hundreds of classes, workshops, concerts and other events bring people of all ages and abilities together to learn, listen and join together in celebration of music and community.
As the area's oldest arts organization, the Music Center has attracted scores of professional musicians and other artists to the area over the past 60 years. The result today is a town and region nationally renowned as home to a rich diversity of arts and arts events.