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4/17/2014 Too darned Saxy! In Concert to bring quartet to stage

In Concert is pleased to announce the first Westcliffe appearance of an unusual ensemble as its final concert of the 2013-2014 season.
The Confluence Saxophone Quartet will be performing on Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at the Jones Theater. The quartet consists of Jeremy Wendelin, soprano saxophone; Christin Garcia, alto saxophone; Tyson Haynes, tenor saxophone; and William Graves, baritone saxophone.
Although the saxophone quartet has not been around as long as some other classical ensembles like the string quartet, the breadth and depth of its literature is impressive. The program will be diverse, offering something for many different musical tastes.
The members of Confluence have varied backgrounds in education, performance, and careers. Wendelin studied classical saxophone at the University of Puget Sound where he won that school’s Concerto/Aria Contest. A soloist in the Denver area, Wendelin has been featured with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and with others.
Garcia received her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University. In addition to the Confluence Saxophone Quartet, she  performs with the Colorado Wind Ensemble. Garcia teaches music at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver.
Haynes, a native of Portland, Ore., has established himself as an active performer and educator in Denver. He earned his Master of Music degree in Jazz from the University of Northern Colorado, and  can be heard in a variety of venues and groups including the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the Buddy Rich Project, and his own quartet. Haynes serves on the music faculty at Colorado Christian University.
Graves earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Master and Doctor of Music degrees from the University of Texas, Austin. He has performed with  the Austin Symphony, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Atlantic Pops Orchestra, and the Colorado Wind Ensemble. He  appeared in Carnegie Hall with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble and at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta with Ray Charles. Graves teaches chemistry and AP Music Theory at Golden High School.
The Confluence Quartet plans an exciting and varied program. They will perform pieces by Gabriel Pierné, Aldemaro Romero, Marc Mellit, David Maslanka and George Gershwin. On Monday, April 28, the quartet will give two performances at Custer County Schools.
The art show in conjunction with this concert is an exhibit by the Westcliffe Contemporary Quilters and Fiber Artists. They will display their 12’ x 12’ Challenge projects. Entitled “Windows on Westcliffe,” the display will include 12 artists, 12 topics, 12 quilts. The exhibit will be available in Studio 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of the concert, including before and after the concert and during intermission.
Tickets at $15 for adults and $5 for students are available at Candy’s Coffee or the Loan A Ranger as well as at the door on the day of the concert.
For more information, call 783-9709 or go to www.inconcertwestcliffe.org.