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.
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
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.
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).
LEGENDE BY FLORENT SCHMITT
Florent Schmitt’s hauntingly beautiful piece for solo saxophone and symphony orchestra.