FEATURING


Steven Banks, saxophone

“One senses that Banks has the potential to be one of the transformational musicians of the twenty-fist century.” — Seen and Heard International


Xak Bjerken, piano


Benjamin Bowman, Concertmaster, Met Orchestra


Milan Milisavljević, Principal Viola, Met Orchestra


Rafael Figueroa, Principal Cello, Met Orchestra

WHILE INSIDE THE CHURCH, ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR A PROPERLY FITTING MASK. AUDIENCE MEMBERS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
STEVEN BANKS, SAXOPHONIST/COMPOSER

Winner of the prestigious 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Steven Banks is poised to become today’s leading ambassador for the classical saxophone. A compelling and charismatic performer and an innovative composer, Banks is committed to rethinking and expanding the boundaries of the instrument and classical music itself.

His program will feature an eclectic range of music, ranging from Mozart’s lilting oboe quartet arranged for soprano saxophone and string trio to 20th-century saxophone classics by Debussy and Schulhoff to Steven Banks’ own powerfully expressive works, As I Am and Come As You Are. The afternoon will reveal the full gamut of his artistic persona, instrumental virtuosity, and creative spirit.

 

PROGRAM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quartet for oboe (soprano saxophone) and strings, K. 370 Program Notes coming soon
Erwin Schulhoff Hot Sonate for alto saxophone and piano Program Notes coming soon
Steven Banks As I Am for baritone saxophone and piano Program Notes coming soon
Claude Debussy Rhapsody for alto saxophone and piano Program Notes coming soon
Astor Piazzolla Milonga for alto saxophone and piano Program Notes coming soon
Steven Banks Come As You Are for tenor saxophone and piano Program Notes coming soon

Watch Steven Banks perform Mozart’s quartet for oboe (arranged for soprano saxophone) and strings: