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PRISM Saxophone Quartet

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Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles. “A bold ensemble that set the standard for contemporary-classical saxophone quartets” (The New York Times), PRISM has performed in Carnegie Hall on the Making Music Series, in Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and throughout Latin America and China under the auspices of the United States Information Agency and USArtists International. PRISM has also been presented to critical acclaim as soloists with the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, and conducted residencies at the nation’s leading conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory. Two-time recipients of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM has commissioned over 250 works, many by internationally celebrated composers, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Julia Wolfe, William Bolcom, Jennifer Higdon, Zhou Long, and Bernard Rands, and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipients Bright Sheng and Miguel Zenón. PRISM’s discography includes releases on Albany, ECM, innova, Koch, Naxos, New Dynamic, New Focus, and its own newly launched label, XAS Records. In 2016, PRISM was named by its alma mater, the University of Michigan, as the first recipient of the Christopher Kendall Award in recognition of its work in “collaboration, entrepreneurship, and community engagement.”

"" ...Mellifluous and stylistically versatile, the new work made a strong impression; a broad texture of saxophone sonorities emerged. The players...blended personalities handsomely."..."

-New York Times

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Piffaro; PRISM; and Hyunah Yu, soprano

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Ludwig: Our Long War
Ludwig: Josquin Microludes
Machaut: Works for Piffaro [Arr.]
Ludwig: The Anchoress [World Premiere]

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The Music of Robert Capanna

Date: Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Network For New Music Ensemble
PRISM Saxophone Quartet
With Guest Artist:
Sharon Harms, soprano

Capanna: Piccolo Concertante [World Premiere]
Capanna: Piano Sonata No. 2
Capanna: What I know [World Premiere]
CapannaToo light, too light, like a sudden waking... [World Premiere]
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PRISM Saxophone Quartet

Date: Friday, November 21, 2008 - 8:00 PM

Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Sciarrino: Pagine
Read Thomas: Squeeze [Philadelphia Premiere]
Rands: PRISM (Memo 6b) [World Premiere]
Primosch: Short Stories
Bresnick: Every Thing Must Go

Des Moines Register

“Immense agility and finesse... the members produced a suave and integrated tone coupled with a depth of understanding of a work that was exuberant and exciting to experience.”

New York Times

“" ...Mellifluous and stylistically versatile, the new work made a strong impression; a broad texture of saxophone sonorities emerged. The players...blended personalities handsomely."...”

The Los Angeles Times

“PRISM provided an enticing program of recent music...carefully constructed...particularly accessible and satisfying...remarkable examples of virtuosity... ...”

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