This program is designed to bring together the best and most promising high school aged saxophonists in the Hudson Valley together to explore chamber music in a saxophone quartet setting. They will be guided by Brad Hubbard, former baritone saxophonist with the award winning New Century Saxophone Quartet.
Students selected for the program will be expected to commit to weekly rehearsals, and to practice their individual parts on their own away from the rehearsals. There will also be numerous opportunities for public performances. The music performed by the group will be chosen to immerse them in the practices of western classical chamber music. This will range from transcriptions of Bach to modern pieces written specifically for the saxophone quartet. Students must be recommended by their band director or private instructor and be interviewed by Mr. Hubbard prior to being selected.
The program will run on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, for 20 weeks – beginning January 8, 2019 and concluding on May 21, 2019.
Brad Hubbard was a member of the New Century Saxophone Quartet from 1988-2004. Founded in Winston-Salem, NC, the ensemble was the first of its kind to win the prestigious Concert Artist Guild competition in New York City in 1992. The quartet toured throughout the United States and the World performing in major concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Atlanta’s Spivey Concert Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation Townhouse, Washington, D.C’s Strathmore Hall, the Alaska’s Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival, the Villla Schönberg in Zurich, Switzerland, the Conservatoire de Musique in Esch Luxembourg, the Macau International Music Festival and the Academy for the Performing Arts in Hong Kong, China. New Century was also the first saxophone quartet to perform at La Huaca del Complejo Atlapa in Panama City, Panama.