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The New Classics

March 26, 2021 - 7:30 pm

2019-2020 Season Finale

June 3, 2021 - 8:00 pm

Funding for this season is provided by a grant from The Arts & Letters Foundation and, in part, from individual donations made to The Classical Saxophone Project.

Embark With Us On A Journey

Your donations will enable us to record five original compositions for saxophone and symphony orchestra.


Fulfilling Adolphe Sax’s dream for the saxophone as a staple in the classical realm.

Our Mission

The Classical Saxophone Project creates unique musical experiences that enrich the lives of its community and empowers individuals by collaboration, creative processes, and a passion for artistic excellence. With the voice of the saxophone, CSP strives to achieve these goals through performing, recording, and educating the next generation of artists and listeners alike.

Distinguished Guest Artists

Helene Rasquier

Composer

Composer Helene Rasquier divides her time between her position at the Ecole Normale de Musique and giving masterclasses in China in Composition.

Her lyric and melodious writing makes her a perfect choice to exhibit the singing quality of the saxophone.

We honor Helene Rasquier for her uncompromising devotion to her art and for her longtime support of the Classical Saxophone Project.

Desdemona Ensemble

Unique, inventive performances of repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to world premieres

Desdemona is a New York City-based ensemble devoted to creating unique and inventive performances of repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to world premieres. Described by the New Yorker as an “excellent young quartet,” Desdemona has performed at Spectrum, 1 Rivington, Cornelia Street Café, Aréte Gallery, Greenwich House Music School, and the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as at numerous home gatherings through Groupmuse. In Savannah, Georgia, Desdemona regularly appears on the Live Oak Concert Series, bringing classical and new music to a broader audience in venues from art galleries to kayak shops. They recently recorded music by Paul Sikivie with Grammy-award-winning vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Adrianne Munden-Dixon (violin)
Caroline Drexler (violin)
Carrie Frey (viola)
Julia Henderson (cello)
Margarita Rovenskaya (piano).

Nick May, Alto Sax

Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer/arranger
Co-founder of The TCBSQ

Nicholas May is a passionate saxophone pedagogue, chamber music coach, consultant, and speaker. He has given masterclasses and run workshops at the University of Hawaii – Manoa, University of Northern Iowa, Oklahoma State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Pittsburg State University, among others. Nicholas holds degrees from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (B.M.) and the University of Kansas (M.M.), He has studied privately with clarinetist, Dr. Robert Walzel, saxophonists Harvey Pittel and Matt Otto, and Rebecca Fischer, former first violinist of the Chiara String Quartet. Additionally, his writing has been published in The Saxophonist Magazine, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal, and on his own website (link below).

Newest Release

LEGENDE BY FLORENT SCHMITT

Florent Schmitt’s hauntingly beautiful piece for solo saxophone and symphony orchestra.

Legende Review

Saxophonist Javier Ovideo chose Schmitt’s Legende, Opus 66 (1918) as the inaugural release in a series of tracks that will document some of the most important works written for saxophone and orchestra. Recorded in July 2019, Ovideo’s performance with conductor Jean-Pierre Schmitt (no relation to the composer) and the City of Prague Philharmonic captures both the vivid colors and spontaneous intensity of Florent Schmitt’s writing. — Erik Steighner
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Saxophonist Javier Ovideo chose Schmitt’s Legende, Opus 66 (1918) as the inaugural release in a series of tracks that will document some of the most important works written for saxophone and orchestra. Recorded in July 2019, Ovideo’s performance with conductor Jean-Pierre Schmitt (no relation to the composer) and the City of Prague Philharmonic captures both the vivid colors and spontaneous intensity of Florent Schmitt’s writing. — Erik Steighner
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CSP Proudly Presents:
Wayne Wilson’s Delightful Video Animation

Aria by Eugene Bozza
Performed by Javier Oviedo
with Orchestre Pasdeloup
conducted by Jean-Pierre Schmitt

Aria by Eugene Bozza. Performed by Javier Oviedo with Orchestre Pasdeloup, conducted by Jean-Pierre Schmitt.

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