'Music from the China Tour'

The Southern Oregon University Department of Music Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra and Saxophone Quartet will present "Music from the China Tour." The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

On Oct. 21, the SOU Saxophone studio, led by associate professor Rhett Bender, returned from a concert tour of coastal China. While in Shanghai they teamed up with a saxophone ensemble from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music to present a joint concert at the China Instrument Manufacturer Convention.

In Yantai they were hosted by a manufacturer of saxophones and gave concerts in addition to touring the factory. The group will perform selections from their concerts in China.

Based at the Ashland campus of SOU, the Siskiyou Saxophone Quartet is celebrating its 10th year. Originally the Siskiyou Saxophone Quartet started as a vehicle for Bender to educate and nurture the saxophone studio.

It has grown to an internationally known ensemble that has performed at both regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the 13th World Saxophone Congress, and toured Mexico in 2001, Sichuan in 2005 and most recently the China coast.

The Siskiyou Saxophone Quartet has served as a resident ensemble at the Sichuan Conservatory of Classical Music in Chengdu, China. Numerous composers have written or arranged works for the Quartet including Todd Barton, Mark Jacobs, Mark Knipple, Carleton Macy, Hu Xiao-ou, John Cooper, and Yi Jiayi.

Members of the quartet are Bender, soprano; Steve Davidson, alto; Vicki Purslow, tenor, and Angel McDonald, baritone.

Tickets for the Oct. 26 performance are $8 for general admission. Students are admitted free. See /music.

Tickets and season passes can be purchased at the SOU music box office or by calling 552-6101.

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