Students enjoy second TCAA concert of the season

The Italian Saxophone Quartet performed Thursday evening at White Concert Hall.

Jacquelyn Savage, [email protected], is a junior mass media junior

Washburn students and members of the community came together to experience a fun filled evening presented by the Topeka Community Concert Association. Washburn students were admitted free.

Thursday, October 10, TCAA presented their second concert at White Concert Hall with the Italian Saxophone Quartet. The audience appeared amazed by the sounds of Federico Mondelci, soprano sax, Marco Gerboni, alto sax, Mario Marzi, tenor sax, and Massimo Mazzoni sax baritone.

Washburn junior and Anthropology major, Sabrina Jones, was especially excited she was able to attend the concert after submitting her name and winning two tickets in a raffle drawing at her work place.

“I don’t usually get a chance to come to things like this so it’s really nice,” Jones said. “It’s beautiful and I’ve never really experienced a quartet of saxophones so it’s been really eye opening.”

Dressed fully in black suits and smiles, the four saxophone soloists put on an outstanding performance as they performed chamber music for saxophone, which led to a standing ovation.

The four close Italian friends who have played more than 500 concerts around the world including Italy, USA, Germany, Sweden, Japan, France, Spain, Greece, Lebanon, Russia and Bermuda surprised the Topeka audience with their goofy personalities dancing around the stage with their instruments using props such as an Italian flag and mask.

One of the audience members even experienced a close up performance by two of the soloists as they left the stage to play next to her.

The quartet appeared to enjoy themselves as much as the audience.

After the concert people had the opportunity to meet the group as they signed their c.d’s available for purchase.

Gary Johnson, President of the Topeka Community Concert Association, when asked said this group would not have a master class available as the last group did. However, the next concert to provide a master class will be the Jesse Lynch Jazz 101 in March, 2014.

For anyone interested in future TCAA concerts visit:

http://www.topekacca.org/