schneider concert Series presents the donald sinta saxophone quartet

Featuring Clarinetest Anthony McGill, Repertoire Will Include Kechely, Shostakovich, von Weber, and a World Premiere of David Biedenbender's Cerulean

The Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet

NEW YORK, December 8, 2017 – On Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2p.m. The Schneider Concerts, a program of The New School’s Mannes School of Music, presents the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet with clarinetist Anthony McGill in a program of Weber, Shostakovich, Kechley, and Biedenbender. The performance will take place in The New School’s Auditorium at 66 W. 12th Street at The New School. Visit or call (212) 229-5873 for tickets and information.

Sunday, January 7, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Dan Graser, soprano saxophone; Zach Stern, alto saxophone
Joe Gerard, tenor saxophone; Danny Hawthorne-Foss, baritone saxophone
David Kechley Rush (2002)               
Dmitri Shostakovich/arr. Graser String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 (1960)              
David Biedenbender Cerulean (2017) — World Premiere
Carl Maria von Weber/arr. Graser Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 34 (1815) — with Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Program approximately 1 hours and 50 minutes, including intermission

The Donald Sinta Quartet has won the First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, First Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, 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 Quartet 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, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and in Michigan at the Great Lakes Music Festival the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Featured international appearances include recitals in Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Strasbourg, France (for the 17th World Saxophone Congress); 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. Additionally, DSQ has commissioned and premiered works by David Biedenbender, Kyle Blaha, Matthew Browne, Patrick Harlin, Kristin Kuster, Marc Mellits, Roger Zare, and many others.

Anthony McGill was named Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic beginning in September 2014. He previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsiko Uchida and Lang Lang, and in January of 2009 performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero at President Obama’s inauguration. As an educator, McGill is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College Conservatory. A native of Chicago, McGill attended The Curtis Institute of Music and is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as the first Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and was a past WQXR Artist-in-Residence.



Mannes School of Music is an iconic music conservatory, internationally recognized for its musical and pedagogical excellence while being deeply committed to developing citizen artists who make the world a better place. Today, Mannes is developing a new reputation as one of the most progressive schools of its kind, thanks to the rapid evolution of its overall curriculum to address the demands of what musicians need to know, understand, and be able to do in the 21st century.  

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