“Night of Sax” Brings Famed Sax Quartet to Mercer Museum

World-premiere arrangements of Ellington highlight event

Washington Sax Quartet (WSaxQ)

The world-famous Washington Saxophone Quartet (WSaxQ) is coming to Doylestown May 5 from 7-9 p.m. to perform at a soiree at the recently renovated Mercer Museum, which will benefit two local nonprofits — the Community Conservatory and the Delaware Valley College music programs. Tickets are $75.

Highlighting “Night of Sax” will be the world premiere of Maestro Gary Fagin’s saxophone quartet arrangements of two Duke Ellington compositions: “Come Sunday” and “Happy Go-Lucky Local.” Fagin has composed, conducted and arranged music for symphonies, ballet, Broadway (notably Three Penny Opera with Sting), NPR and the Yale and American repertory theaters, to name only a few, and received the first doctorate in conducting ever awarded by Yale.

The Delaware Valley Saxophone Quartet will also perform an octet with the WSaxQ.

The event includes spirits and hors d’oeuvres. Seating is limited. To learn more or RSVP for Night of Sax at the Museum, please visit www.weekendofsax.org/night-of-sax-at-the-museum/

“We want to bring these important local organizations together and create an awareness and a culture of music that we hope will be the beginning of something much larger for our community,” says William Schutt, Chairman of MATCOR, Inc., underwriters for the May 5 event at the Mercer Museum and two more events the same weekend.

More in May with the Washington Sax Quartet

While the WSaxQ is in town, it will also share its talents with the community:

· On Friday, May 4, WSAXQ will work with students at Central Bucks West High School, whose Jazz Band consistently gets top (superior) ratings in competitions

· On Sunday, May 6 they perform at a free concert for the entire community with the 65-member Delaware Valley College Concert Band in the Moumgis Auditorium on the Delaware Valley College campus.

For more on all of these events, go to www.weekendofsax.org/

About the Washington Sax Quartet – www.wsaxq.com

The WSaxQ is the most widely-heard saxophone quartet in the United States. Since 1997, recorded arrangements by the Washington Saxophone Quartet have aired daily on National Public Radio’s broadcasts of “All Things Considered.” They even entertained at President Clinton’s inauguration.

For nearly 35 years, WSaxQ has presented recitals, informal concerts, and master classes throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and China, and they have performed on radio and television worldwide.

About Gary Fagin – www.garyfagin.com

Music Director of the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, Gary Fagin has done it all – composed, conducted and arranged music for symphonies, ballet, Broadway and NPR, to name only a few. He is also music director of the newly-formed Knickerbocker Orchestra.

His many theatrical credits include Three Penny Opera with Sting on Broadway. In addition, he served as musical director and conductor of Yale Repertory Theatre and American Repertory Theatre. His work has even premiered before Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Fagin studied conducting at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale School of Music and cello with The Curtis Quartet. He received the first doctorate in conducting ever awarded by Yale.

About the Mercer Museum — www.mercermuseum.org

About Delaware Valley College – www.delval.edu

About The Community Conservatory – www.communityconservatory.org