ATHENS, Ohio (March 21, 2006) -- Ohio University's School of Music will present The Nahono Saxophone Quartet at 8 p.m., Friday, March 31, in the School of Music Recital Hall, Glidden Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
The quartet from Bowling Green State University comprises four talented award-winning student artists. Ryan Muncy (soprano) was a Fulbright Scholar in France (2003-04) and has recently won the Lima Symphony Competition and honorable mention in the William Byrd Solo Competition. Jeff Heisler (alto) and Christopher Chmielewski (baritone) were former members of the BGSU Blue Square Saxophone Quartet, which won the Gold Medal (2005) for the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and 3rd Prize (2005) in the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. David Wegehaupt (tenor) was a BGSU concerto finalist and serves as music director of the BGSU college radio station.
Their quartet title, "Nahono," is an Arabic term, which in English translates as the word "we," suggesting the bonding of four disparate forces into one cohesive musical unit.
Internationally recognized saxophonist John Sampen is dedicated to the promotion and performance of contemporary art music. His sponsorship of new music has resulted in premieres of over eighty works, including commissions by Rands, Subotnick, Cage, Adler and Babbitt. Sampen has also presented first performances of saxophone arrangements by Lutoslawski, Stockhausen and Tower.
Sampen's worldwide performances include concerts with the Nurnberg Symphony, the Biel Swiss Symphony, the Osaka Municipal Winds, the Toledo Symphony, the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italy and the New Mexico Symphony. He has recorded with the Belgian and Swiss National Radio as well as the Capstone, CRI, Neuma and Orion labels. A clinician for the Selmer Company, he has presented master classes at important universities and conservatories in Asia, Europe and North America. He is presently Distinguished Artist Professor at Bowling Green State University and past president of the North American Saxophone Alliance.
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