NCSQ Commissions Michael Torke and David Cutler.
Dear supporters of NCSQ,
Now in our 25th year, where other classical music groups have ceased to exist, New Century Saxophone Quartet (NCSQ) has survived the vagaries of difficult economic times for two reasons: (1) a dedication to creating the highest quality artistic product; and, (2) the support of people such as you.
NCSQ has had a wonderful year with concert performances in Kenosha, Wisconsin; Bedford and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; and Wesson, Mississippi. In addition, the Quartet had a return performance at Rockport Massachusetts Chamber Music Festival, did an extensive tour throughout North Carolina, and performed two concerts at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Maryland. The latter of these were joint concerts with the Amstel Saxophone Quartet from Holland where the quartets gave the U.S. premier of their co/commissioned work from composer Michael Torke titled “May” and “June.” Not only were the concerts a lot of fun, they were also a huge success with both performances being sold out!
In early June, the quartet plans to record their 8th CD. It will be the long awaited recording of folk music from around the world entitled “Songs of the Weekend Traveler” which will feature a new work of the same title by the multi talented composer/pianist, David Cutler.
In July, NCSQ has something very exciting coming up! The quartet just found out that we will be traveling to Scotland to perform Michael Torke’s “May” and “June” at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews. Not only will the trip be a great opportunity for the quartet to once again be seen outside of America, it will also have a positive impact on the world saxophone community by introducing this new and wonderful work by Michael Torke. This performance will also end the quartet’s year and a half long period of exclusivity in performing the piece and it will then be available for other saxophonists to perform.
Both the recording and the performance in Scotland are very exciting but costly projects for the quartet. Both remain only partially funded. It is considered an honor to play at the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland and, as such, it is not a paid performance. Given this, our Board of Directors has encouraged us to reach out to our friends and supporters to help us see these projects through to completion. With your help, the NCSQ can do just that. We hope that you will join us in this effort by making a tax deductible contribution to the New Century Musical Arts Society, the non-profit corporation that supports the NCSQ. You may do this in one of two ways. You can make a donation through Pay Pal here on our web site or you may mail a check made out to New Century Musical Arts Society and send that to NCSQ, c/o Stephen Pollock, 1470 McFarland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Once again, thank you so much for your support.
New Century Saxophone Quartet
We sincerely thank you for your generosity.