Saxtravaganza takes the stage for 13th year!
The 13th annual Saxtravaganza concert will be held on Sunday, July 22 at 7:00pm at the West Ranch High School Auditorium; 26255 Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch, California.
Thirty saxophonists, ranging in age from 12 to over 60, will meet for 3 hours each day prior to the concert, to prepare for this program.
This year we will feature the music of Debussy, Mozart, Elgar, Lauridsen, as well as some new arrangements by some of the group's members.
The saxophone ensemble has a truly unique sound and dynamic range.
There is plenty of evidence that very large ensembles with as many as 100 players were formed during the early part of the twentieth century.
Their popularity may have been driven by their use in ragtime and vaudeville.
Ms. Maxwell attributes the traveling organizations of John Phillip Sousa and others with being an even bigger factor in the first saxophone craze.
Since that time there has only been a few scattered revivals of this music.
Make plans to come hear this musical ensemble. Listen to a bit of saxophone
history and glimpse what the future may have in store.
The purpose of Saxtravaganza
Saxtravaganza was started twelve years ago by Kathleen Maxwell as an outgrowth of her research in historical saxophone performance.
Since then, the group has grown into an important mentoring group for this area's saxophonists.
Private teachers, band directors who play saxophone, and seasoned professionals are all encouraged to join.
A certain level of proficiency is required of all who plan to participate, and auditions are held during the month of June.
Music arrangers are also encouraged to submit materials for reading.
This provides the group with some of its most enjoyable music.
Who can audition ?
Junor High and High School students, with a minimum of two years ensemble experience, and with teacher referral, can audition.
In addition, college students, adult hobbiests, and seasoned professionals are also encouraged to audition.
Registration and auditions are required.
When are auditions?
Auditions are held in May and June.
For auditions, call 661-291-1729 or send email to email@example.com
When is the performance?
July 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the West Ranch High School Auditorium.
26255 Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch, California
What kind of music should I expect?
Expect the unexpected. Come prepared for a little classical, swing, and maybe a ragtime number or two.
Are there any fees involved?
The cost of the six-day student workshop will be $200 this year.
Fees are paid prior to music distribution.
Are there tickets available for the Saxtravaganza Concert?
Admission to this community concert is FREE.