FSU's Department of Music to Host the Fuego Quartet

April 29, 2017

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the Fuego Quartet in the final performance of its Woodwind Quartet-a-Month series on Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.Members of the quartet are Nicki Roman, on soprano saxophone; Erik Elmgren, on alto saxophone; Harrison Clarke, on tenor saxophone; and Gabriel Pique, on baritone saxophone.The quartet will begin with "Speed Metal Organum Blues," composed in 2004 by Gregory Wanamaker. The term "speed metal organum" refers to the fast-paced succession of open fifth power chords found in speed metal music and the strange notion that this music may have actually evolved from 13th-century organum, a plainchant melody with at least one added voice to enhance the harmony."Sonata in F Minor, K. 519" by Domineco Scarlatti is next. A Baroque composer chronologically, Scarlatti's music was influential in the development of the Classical style."Recitation Book," composed in 2006 by David Maslanka, draws on old sources for each movement: "Broken Heart - Meditation on the Chorale Melody Der du bist drei in Einigkeit' (You Who Are Three in One')"; "Prelude/Chorale - Meditation on the Chorale Melody Jesu meine Freude' (Jesus My Joy')"; "Ecco, moriro dunque' (Look! My Death Is Near!') - Carlo Gesualdo"; "Meditation on the Gregorian Chant O Salutaris Hostia' (O Salvation's Victim')"; and "Fanfare/Variations on the Chorale Melody Durch Adams Fall' (Through Adam's Fall')".The quartet will also play Fantasy Etudes, composed in 1993 by William Albright, which consists of "A Real Nice Number," "Pypes," "The Fives for Steve," "Phantom Galop," "Harmonium (Heiliger Dankgesang)" and "They Only Come Out at Night."Next up is "Tango Virtuoso," composed in 1991 by Thierry Escaich, a charming, crowd-pleasing work.Last on the program is "Groove Machine" from "Revolution," composed in 2012 by Marc Mellits.Founded in 2015, Fuego Quartet is an award-winning chamber group devoted to the performance of standard and contemporary works written for the saxophone. Most recently, the group was awarded first prize in the 198th Army Band College Chamber Competition, the 2016 New York State MTNA Chamber Competition and the 2016 Eastern Regional MTNA Chamber Competition. Its members were semi-finalists in the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition and have been selected as winners in the 2015 Honors Chamber Music Competition at the Eastman School of Music. Comprised of graduate students from the Eastman School of Music, Fuego Quartet has been featured in a variety of settings, from standard concert hall venues to community outreach concerts.For more information, contact FSU's Department of Music at 301-687-4109 or visit www.frostburg.edu/concerts. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.