This weekend, the music department presents an opportunity for Bowdoin students to hear some off-campus sounds while staying right on-campus.
On Friday, February 19, the "Maine Street" saxophone quartet will be performing in Studzinski Recital Hall.
The quartet consists of performers Jason Giacomazzo on the soprano saxophone, Jaimie Galitta on the alto, Brian Whiton on the tenor, and Ben Appel on the baritone. The performers are upperclassmen at the University of Southern Maine.
Named after the state and the group's instructor Bill Street, Maine Street presents a combination of conventional saxophone quartet music and adapted traditional jazz. Says junior band member Whiton, "In the past year and a half we [Maine Street] have all taken an interest in saxophone quartet music and made it a priority to seek out new and exciting music for our own enjoyment as well as [the] audience's."
Consequently, though the first half of the performance will feature standard quartet repertoire from artists such as Baptiste Singelee, Bob Mintzer, and Pierre Max Dubois, the second half will feature some more recognizable ragtime and Gershwin pieces that have been adapted to suit the group's size.
Maine Street's "Teatime Concert" performance is presented by the Bowdoin Music Department and sponsored in part by the Dorothy Henderson Shields fund, in memory of Walter E. Shields '29.