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Arcis Saxophone Quartet


TUES, MAR 31, 7:30 PM

CLAUS HIERLUKSH (soprano saxophone)
RICARDA FUSS (alto saxophone)
EDOARDO ZOTTI (tenor saxophone)
JURE KNEZ (baritone saxophone)

Arcis Saxophone Quartet sets audiences aflame with their enthusiasm and passion for this rare form of chamber music. These four young musicians from Munich use their highly professional, exact interpretations to explore the relationship between individual expressivity and the interwoven quality that makes chamber music what it is. And in doing so, they captivate listeners with their joy of playing and expressive depth. This eagerness to communicate, along with their acute perception of one another, makes possible virtually “una voce” articulation. The resulting effect is far-reaching both sonically and musically, with the saxophone’s entire spectrum of colour coming brilliantly to light.

The ensemble was founded in 2009 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, and studied chamber music under the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin University of the Arts, with additional instruction from Koryun Asatryan and Prof. Friedemann Berger in Munich. The quartet has been a member of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA, Prof. Hatto Beyerle, Prof. Johannes Meissl e.a.) since 2014. After their international debut in the Great Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow and the concert in Wigmore Hall, the invitation to play in Berlin Philharmonie in 2017 marks a new milestone in their career.

“A fantastic ensemble that’s ‘still on fire’, innovative, and hell-bent on high-quality music making.” - Enjott Schneider

PROGRAM: American Dreams
Reich - New York Counterpoint
Dvorak / arr. Arcis - String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, "American"
Bernstein / arr. James Boatman - West Side Story Suite
Barber / arr. Arcis - Adagio for Strings
Gershwin / arr. Sylvain Dedenon - Porgy and Bess Suite

Endless prairie landscapes; the exciting pulse of the city that never sleeps; the swinging life of the Southern states; stories full of dreams, hopes and love: in American Dreams, Arcis Saxophone Quartet takes the audience on a journey through a broad musical exhibition of the American way of life.

The Lenard Chamber Series is made possible through the generosity of Jean and John Lenard. Additional support has also been provided by the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation. Thanks to the Lenard Endowment, UConn students, non-UConn students, and area youth are invited to attend all chamber events for free.


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