Free Discovery Series Concert!
The Donald Sinta
Friday, March 18, 7:30pm
The Donald Sinta Quartet, First Prize Winner of the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, has earned praise from audiences and critics alike for its virtuosic performances, compelling recordings and distinctive repertoire. Hailed as “…a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power and virtuosity and an un-concealable ambition to connect with its newly found listeners” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), the DSQ performs entirely from memory, which strengthens an already palpable connection with its audiences. Named for its mentor, legendary University of Michigan Saxophone Professor Donald Sinta, the quartet’s additional competition successes include the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 2013 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and First Prize in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.
The DSQ begins the 2015-16 season with summer festival debut performances at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and Lake George Music Festival, as well as a return to the Great Lakes Music Festival, and a trip to Strasbourg, France for the 17th World Saxophone Congress. Other highlighted engagements that season include Louisiana Tech Concert Association, Grand Valley (MI) and Arkansas State Universities, and residencies for Joplin Pro Musica (MO) and Anchorage Concert Association. In February 2016, DSQ will be featured guest soloists for William Bolcolm’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra with the Reno Philharmonic.
In 2011, the DSQ gave the World Premiere of Bolcom’s own transcription of the Concerto Grosso with Concert Band, joining the University of Michigan Symphony Band for performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Shanghai Conservatory. The quartet’s subsequent recording of the work garnered praise: Audiophile Audition declared them “superb musicians” and American Record Guide called it “the highlight of the album.” DSQ has also made radio appearances on New York’s WQXR and Interlochen Public Radio, and is featured frequently on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Recent career highlights include DSQ’s New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall, Purdue University Convocations, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Chautauqua Institution, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Featured international appearances include recitals in St. Andrews, Scotland (as part of the 16th World Saxophone Congress), Paris, France, Geneva and Montreux, Switzerland, and Thessaloniki, Greece, as well as a trip to Japan as one of a select group of ensembles chosen for the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.
The Donald Sinta Quartet’s repertoire is diverse, ranging from commissions by today’s emerging composers to standards from the saxophone quartet literature to transcriptions by master composers such as Dvorak, Schubert and Shostakovich. As advocates of new music, the quartet runs the National Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition, which selects two new quartet works from up-and-coming composers.
Founded and still based in Michigan, DSQ’s members are all Selmer-Paris Artists.