Edmonton Saxophone Quartet


William H. Street

(saxophone soprano - soprano saxophone)

Charles Stolte

(saxophone alto - alto saxophone)

Rosemarie MacDonald

(saxophone ténor - tenor saxophone)

Jeff Anderson

(saxophone baryton - baritone saxophone)

The Edmonton Saxophone Quartet has been performing throughout Alberta for the past five years, striking a pleasing balance championing new works for saxophone quartet with creative interpretations of more traditional music. Their immediate musicality and warm stage presence have delighted and excited ears in expected (and some unexpected) places and they have taken a prominent place in Edmonton's cultural Iife. Their future plans include a tour of Western Canada and an upcoming recording project. The Edmonton Saxophone Quartet consists of:

William Street (soprano saxophone) has earned world-wide respect as one of North America's finest instrumentalists. He has appeared as recitalist, conductor and soloist with orchestras and bands throughout Europe, Central and North America and Asia. He can be heard on several compact disc recordings and his recent compact disc recording of Tre Vie, Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra by Malcolm Forsyth was nominated for a 1999 Juno award. His perforrnances are broadcast frequently on the CBC.

William Street served as President of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) from 1992-1994 and is the former Secretary of the World Saxophone Congress International Committee. He has written articles and reviews for several saxophone periodicals and his published work includes the English translation of Hello!Mr. Sax, ou les Parametres du Saxophone (Leduc) by Jean-Marie Londeix, as well as, "Elise Boyer Hall," and "The Life of Elise Boyer Hall" in Les États Généraux Mondiaux du Saxophone. Recently, Anna Street and he translated into English the Méthode d'Etrude de Saxophone, by Jean-Marie Londeix, published by Editions Henry Lemoine in Paris.

A Selmer clinician, Dr. Street holds degrees from Northwestern University, the Conservatoire National de Bordeaux, France and the Catholic University of America and was awarded the Certificat d'Aptitude de Saxophone, France's highest recognition of excellence in music perforrnance and pedagogy. His teachers have included George Etheridge, Frederick L. Hemke, Jean-Marie Londeix, Frederick Ockwell and John P. Paynter. Dr. Street is Professor of Music at the University of Alberta Department of Music where he teaches as saxophone instructor, chamber music coach and Director of the University Concert Band.

Charles Stolte (alto saxophone) has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and composer in Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances and compositions are broadcast frequently by the CBC and his music for saxophone has been performed in North America and Europe. He has performed for such musical luminaries as Jean-Marie Londeix, Claude Delangle, Ned Rorem and Frederick Rzewski, has been featured as composer and performer at several North American Saxophone Alliance conferences and has received reviews in the Chicago Tribune and Classical Music Magazine. He can be heard as soloist and as chamber musician on several recordings including the 1998 CD release of John David Lamb's "Saxophone Project".

Charles Stolte is currently Lecturer in Saxophone, Music Theory and Aural Skills at the King's University College in Edmonton, Alberta and serves as Instructor of Music Theory at the University of Alberta and at Augustana University College. He has served previously on the faculties of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Roosevelt University of Chicago and holds degrees from the University of Alberta and The King's University CoIlege. His teachers include Frederick Hemke, William Street, Malcolm Forsyth, M. William Karlins, Jay Alan Yim and Howard Bashaw. He is completing his dissertation' "The Saxophone in India," as a doctoral candidate in Saxophone Performance at Northwestern University.

Rosemarie Macdonald (nee Siever) (tenor saxophone) holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Alberta with William Street, and First prizes in Saxophone Performance and Chamber Music, as well as a city honour in Chamber Music from the Bordeaux Conservatory with Jean-Marie Londeix. She teaches in Edmonton at the Alberta College Conservatory and performs regularly with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Her freelancing has allowed her to pert'orm in Europe and North America. Rosemarie Macdonald is now frequently perforrning with the NOWAge Orchestra, which incorporates the element of theatre into its new music shows.

Jeff Anderson (baritone saxophone) is currently in a Master of Music program studying with William Street at the University of Alberta. He has appeared frequently as soloist with the University of Alberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble. As a member of the University of Alberta Saxophone Quartet he recently competed in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. His most recent activity has been producing and performing in the Canadian premiere of Luciano Berio's Canticum Novissimi Testamenti II, a work for saxophone quartet, four clarinets and chamber choir. He is currently a member of the University of Alberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia and the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet.

Le Edmonton Saxophone Quartet a choisi d'interpréter:
Edmonton Saxophone Quartet has chosen to perform:
Charles Stolte

Last Transfer *

[quatuor de saxophones (SATB), 2 pianos et 2 percussions / saxophone quartet (SATB), 2 pianos and 2 percussions]

avec la collaboration du:

with the participation of:

Hammerhead Consort:

Corey Hamm et / and Haley Simons, piano

Trevor Brandenburg et / and Darren Salyn, percussion

* Création / World premiere

"The Edmonton Saxophone Quartet and Hammerhead Consort wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts/Le Conseil des Arts du Canada Outreach Program for making possible their appearance at the XII World Saxophone Congress".

This new work for a very unique combination of instruments is in five movements played as one movement, focusing the building of energy through the first two movements into a dense, short, loud and furiously fast middle movement, the whole work capped by a raucous and rollicking final movement. It features prominently in its texture, mood and drive a rock and roll drum kit and a good deal of honky-tonk piano. The inspiration for this new work is overtly rock and roll while its technigues and form,considerations are covertly contemporary classical. Hocketed figures abound interspersed with the glorious "wall of sound" capabilities of the two groups together at fortissimo and mixed with all the colours, textures, timbres and combinations that these two groups of instruments are capable of producing. It is generally an extroverted work with big sound and big energy. It is a good balance of the best of rock and the best of serious music: music that moves the body, the mind and maybe, through these, the heart.

– Charles Stolte

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