I’m enjoying playing with some wonderful orchestras this season. In November, the PRISM Quartet joined the Taurida Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mikhail Golikov, at the The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, where each quartet member played a solo concerto (mine was Villa Lobos’ Fantasia on tenor), followed by the entire group in William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso. Apparently, we were the first American sax quartet to ever play in St. Petersburg. Last month, I joined my hometown band, The Philadelphia Orchestra, under Thomas Wilkins for “The Glorious Sounds of Christmas,” which included an excerpt from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé. In March, PRISM makes its debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a production of John Adams’ Nixon in China (conducted by the composer), which uses saxophones in place of french horns. For any family and friends in LA, I hope to see you there! Click here for complete information.
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