CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 19, 1999
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Vienna Saxophone Quartet will make guest appearance at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Vienna Saxophone Quartet, an internationally
renowned touring ensemble known for its performances of new music
written specifically for the group, will give a free guest recital
at the University of Iowa School of Music at 8 p.m. Friday, April
2 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Extending from the top to the bottom of the saxophone family,
the quartet members are Mark Engebretson, soprano saxophone;
Helene Einsiedl, alto saxophone; Thomas Schoen, tenor saxophone;
and Sabine Zwick, baritone saxophone.
The Vienna Saxophone Ensemble was founded in Vienna, Austria,
in 1987. The group has been dedicated to the performance of new
works from the very beginning: the first thing the group did
was to write every composer in Austria asking for a new piece
-- an undertaking that for all practical purposes created the
Austrian repertoire for saxophone quartet.
To date more than 55 works have been composed for and premiered
by the quartet, primarily by Austrian composers. In recent years
the quartet has aimed to work with composers of the highest artistic
accomplishment and to expand its efforts to work with composers
from other countries as well as Austrians. For example, in 1995
the group received a new work from Friedrich Cerha, an Austrian
composer who is legendary in his home country for his place in
the European avant-garde; and collaborated with American composer
Steve Reich on an arrangement for saxophones of his "New
The Vienna Saxophone Quartet has toured throughout Europe, to
Africa and the United States. In 1995 they established a base
of operations in the United States with the aim of increasing
the world-wide exposure and performances of the group.
Five works will be featured on the April 2 concert: "Night
Light" by M. William Karlins; "UND (ohne und)"
(AND without and) by Alexander Wagendristel; the Second Saxophone
Quartet of Wolfram Wagner; "Tre Blitz" by Ennio Morricone;
and "Frozen State of Song" by Lukas Ligeti.
The Vienna Saxophone Quartet appears at the UI with the support
of the Bundeskanzleramt, Sektion fuer Kunstangelegenheiten (Austrian
Ministry of Culture) and the Austrian Cultural Institute in New
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web
site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
Visit the Vienna Saxophone Quartet home page at http://members.magnet.at/vie.sax4/wsq01.htm.