L to R: Diane Hunger, Michael Hernandez, Thomas Giles, Michael Mortarotti: the MANA Quartet.

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

The Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to welcome the MANA Quartet in their debut ASA appearance.  This talented saxophone quartet will perform works spanning the centuries by J. S. Bach, Alexander. Glazunov and Philip Glass, adapted for saxophones.

Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone (literally the “voice of Sax”) in the 1840s.  Sax wanted to create a brass woodwind instrument that would blend the voices of the woodwind and. brass sections of the modern orchestra and provide a middle ground between the two. The instrument. has become famous for its intrinsic warmth, dynamic range of character, and absolute versatility.

Since forming in 2007, the MANA Quartet has become a force advocating for the saxophone in classical. music. Michael Hernandez (soprano saxophone), Michael Mortarotti (alto saxophone), Diane Hunger. (tenor saxophone), and Thomas Giles (baritone saxophone) play vintage instruments to vividly reimagine the saxophone’s nineteenth-century heritage.

MANA became the first saxophone quartet to be awarded the grand prize in the Alice Coleman. International Chamber Competition in 2009, launching their world-wide touring career. The ensemble has premiered dozens of new compositions and has given new life to many underrepresented original. masterworks.

The Los Angeles Chronicle called the MANA Quartet a “groundbreaking ensemble.” Pulitzer Prize winners Charles Wuorinen and Ellen Taafe Zwilich describe the Quartet as “vigorous and accomplished…deserving every success” and “beautifully balanced…a new bright light in the world of. chamber music.”

Currently in residence at California’s San Jose State University, the quartet has previously held long- term appointments as Chamber Ensemble in Residence of the National Music Festival, at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, Music in the Mountains, and the. Taneycomo Festival Orchestra.

Written by Nancy Green, Academy Village Volunteer

Mar. 12: “Blending: Brass and Wood, Old and New – The MANA Quartet”