Akira Quartet Fundraiser

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Suggested donation of $15. No one turned away for lack of funds.

For our friends out-of-state, stream here if you still want to hear the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbeBN05PyVM

Akira Quartet is an Atlanta-based chamber ensemble consisting of advanced saxophone students of Dr. Jan Berry Baker at Georgia State University. Akira, translating from Japanese to "clarity and graceful strength," represents the aesthetic quality which the quartet wishes to embody. We strive to contribute to the concert saxophone community through authentic performances that realize the qualities that our name, "Akira," implies. We also desire to leave a lasting contribution to the community, beyond performing as a group. Akira Quartet plans to achieve this goal through the commissioning and promoting new music for the saxophone quartet medium. Akira Quartet was recently accepted to compete in the semifinals of the North American Saxophone Alliance's 2016 quartet competition in Lubbock, TX. Only 20 groups from North America were accepted and we are incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to compete with other top-level groups. Donations collected from tonight’s performance will contribute towards the group’s travel expenses.

Program:
Selections from Fantasy Etudes – William Albright
For the Dead – David Maslanka
Grave et Presto – Jean Rivier
Selections from Quatuor – Florent Schmitt
Second Saxophone Quartet – Wolfram Wagner
Recitative and Declaration – Gregory Wanamaker
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