ARTRA presents the Capitol Quartet
The Capitol Quartet is widely considered among the most exciting chamber ensembles performing today. Comprised of saxophonists who are teaching faculty at America's leading music schools and alumni of the Premiere U.S. Military bands, the Capitol Quartet has captured the imaginations of critics and audiences alike. Since its formation in 1991, the Capitol Quartet has performed regularly at major concert venues throughout the United States, earning wide acclaim for the ensemble's musical versatility and innovative style. The Quartet's February 2007 performance of the Philip Glass "Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra" with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was lauded in the Baltimore Sun for "..superb technical control, ... seamless blend, and exceptional wealth of character in their phrasing".
The Capitol Quartet has been featured with the Cincinnati Pops, Indianapolis Symphony, Guatemala National Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa, Canada), Windsor (Ontario) Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Springfield (MO) Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Imperial Symphony (Fl), Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, the U.S. Continental Army Band, and many other symphonies across the country. They have been invited back for numerous appearances with the Baltimore, Bay-Atlantic and Indianapolis Symphonies.
Dedicated to advancing music education, the Capitol Quartet regularly performs and lectures at National and State Music Educators conferences. They have appeared at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference, Illinois Music Educators Conference, Connecticut Music Educators Conference, Virginia Music Educators Conference, MENC's Eastern Division, American Band College, Bands of America's Summer Symposium, and West Chester's Marching Band Workshop. They have also performed master classes at many universities including Indiana University, Elon College, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, the University of Maryland, Penn State University, the University of Indianapolis, and the Peabody Conservatory.
Famed American composer and entertainer Marvin Hamlisch says of the Capitol Quartet: "I have had the great pleasure of performing with the Capitol Quartet. Their fabulous sound, professionalism and innovative program all combine for a wonderfully entertaining musical experience."
The Capitol Quartet proudly performs on YAMAHA Saxophones.
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