A fourteen-time Grammy Award winner, Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera is revered in both the jazz and classical worlds. When asked about how he is able to work in both realms, D’Rivera says, “It’s just music you know. The great Duke Ellington always said ‘there is only two kinds of music, good music and the other stuff.’ I don’t know what the other stuff is, but I can imagine it!”
Invented in 1846 by Adolphe Sax, the saxophone is still seen as the new kid on the block in classical music. Though it seems like we can only count on our hands the number of times we see the saxophone in the concert hall — think of An American in Paris by Gershwin or Boléro by Ravel — the instrument does have a robust and diverse classical repertoire.
What makes a piece popular? How does a piece survive its first few performances? What makes something a warhorse, played over and over again, easily marketed from decade to decade? Who decides what’s good, anyway? Here are 18 underrated concertos – ones that don’t get played all that much, but maybe should be more widely known.
The United States Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet performed in the Levin Performance Studio at WFMT for an edition of Impromptu. Watch a video as they perform their own arrangement of some favorite holiday tunes.
Musicians today work across genres to create sounds that defy categorization, yet listeners crave categories. Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, whose many awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, has created sounds that defy categorization for his latest project, Song of the Jasmine, an interdisciplinary collaboration with Ragamala Dance that comes to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago this weekend. Manhathappa was born in Italy to Indian …