Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Washington College 2008-2009 Concert Series Continues with Acclaimed Saxophone Quartet

Chestertown, MD — The 57th season of the Washington College Concert Series continues with a performance by the acclaimed ViM Saxophone Quartet at the Norman James Theatre on Saturday, January 24, at 8 p.m.

The multiple award-winning ViM Saxophone Quartet has been thrilling concert audiences across the U.S. and Canada over the past two seasons. Recent concert highlights include a performance at the 2007 Music Teachers' National Assocation (MTNA) National Convention Winners Rectial in Toronto, Ontario, as well as an appearance as soloists with the Eastman Wind Ensemble in Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Micheal Colgrass's Urban Requiem for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble.

ViM was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions in Notre Dame, Indiana, America's premier educational chamber music competition, where they were also the youngest group among all competitors.

In the 2005/06 MTNA Collegiate Chamber Music Competition, ViM won both the New York State and Eastern U.S. Divisional auditions en route to capturing First Prize in the National Finals in Austin, Texas.

Since their formation in the fall of 2003, ViM has appeared in numerous international saxophone events, including those of the North American Saxphone Alliance (NASA) and the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium.

The 2008-2009 Washington College Concert Series will continue with performances by soprano Louise Toppin on February 13 and the Attacca String Quartet on April 17.

All concerts are held at the College's Norman James Theatre in William Smith Hall. Single tickets can be purchased at the door — $15 for adults, $5 for youth and students. For more information, call 410/778-7839.

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