Friday, February 02, 2018

Not Your Average Chamber Music Ensemble

Proteus Saxophone Quartet Brings Energy and Intensity to Horizon Stage on February 17

Proteus Saxophone Quartet is redefining the traditional chamber music experience with their high energy, intense, and varied performances. Named after the god of the sea, Proteus Saxophone Quartet explores numerous instrumental combinations of the saxophone family through the creation and performance of chamber music. Proteus Saxophone Quartet is comprised of four Canadian saxophonists who met while living and studying in Paris in 2011. Since their formation they developed an immediate artistic bond and vision and have committed themselves to presenting lively, diverse, and beautiful concerts. As a quartet they have performed throughout Canada, France, and the United States and are happy to be performing in Alberta and Saskatchewan this month on a tour coordinated by Prairie Debut. Experience Proteus Saxophone Quartet Up Close and Personal at Horizon Stage on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Without adhering to a singular aesthetic or stylistic genre, Proteus Saxophone Quartet promotes collaboration with diverse artists in an attempt to advance new works for saxophone quartets. They work with composers or performers throughout the creation process. Their concert will include works from the classical saxophone canon, popular tunes, and transcriptions and arrangements of music written for other genres. By programming interesting and eclectic concerts, they aim to entertain and share with the public the history of the saxophone and saxophone quartet repertoire. Their programs are inspired by the saxophone’s capabilities and diversity, drawing from its early acceptance into popular and jazz music, as well as into the mainstream of the classical music genre.

As educators, Proteus Saxophone Quartet has performed school concerts and University masterclasses as part of their ongoing commitment to work with and promote chamber music to students. Often changing saxophones or staging during concerts, they benefit from these pauses by speaking to and connecting with their audiences by explaining concepts, ideas and working relationships which contribute to the compositions aimed at enhancing the concert experience. Quartet members Tommy Davis, Holly Caigny, Mark Michalak, and Michael Morimoto are all highly educated, well respected members of Canada’s chamber concert community.

Tommy Davis regularly performs on six members of the saxophone family. He has a Masters of Music from the Université de Montréal. Holly De Caigny received a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Calgary. She currently divides her time between Calgary and Edmonton where she is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance at the University of Alberta. Mark Michalak has a Masters of Music degree from the University of Calgary. He has competed in several international music competitions and is highly sought after as a performer, instructor, clinician, and conductor. Michael Morimoto started his musical studies in piano and switched to the saxophone. He received his Master of Music from the University of British Columbia and has been a featured soloist in many ensembles.

Immerse yourself in glorious saxophone music with Proteus Saxophone Quartet at Horizon Stage on Saturday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Proteus Saxophone Quartet is being presented by Prairie Debut with support from The Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, and the RBC Foundation.

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