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Rascher Saxophone Quartet 

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The classical saxophone quartet is becoming as ubiquitous as its string counterpart. More popular in Europe than here, this combination has inspired countless works from composers of various ideological stripes. Its ringing, voluptuous sounds and sharp rhythms are suited to baroque chorales as well as serialism, and in the hands of the best of the quartets--those that can control the sax's tricky intonation--the music often sounds as fascinating and emotionally complex as that for the string quartet. The Rascher Saxophone Quartet belongs squarely in this category. One of the oldest and most respected quartets, it has compiled a thick repertoire of pieces written for it by the likes of Xenakis, Luciano Berio, and Philip Glass. Its members also play older, smaller saxophones that approximate the originals manufatured by Adolphe Sax. In their local debut Carina Rascher (daughter of founder Sigurd Rascher), Linda Bangs, Bruce Weinberger, and John-Edward Kelly offer a sampler of their trademark expressivity and tonal flexibility, including their arrangement of a chorale, prelude, and fugue from a Bach motet, which is simply heavenly. They'll also give the first performance of Variations (On Several Lines by Amy Clampitt) by ex-Chicagoan Sidney Corbett and play golden oldies by Hindemith and Glazunov. Tuesday, 7:30 PM, concert hall, DePaul University, 800 W. Belden; 722-5463 or 663-1628.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Malcom Crowthers.

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