Barkada Saxophone Quartet Appearing in Solo Concert and at Homecoming Concert

Posted on 10/5/2014 2:15:02 PM

The Barkada Quartet, featuring alumnus Justin Polyblank, will present a free concert on Thursday, October 9, and will join the IUP Wind Ensemble as guest artists for the  annual Homecoming Concert on Sunday, October 12.  

Barkada Quartet

The free concert on Thursday, October 9, will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of IUP’s John Sutton Hall.

This program will feature music for saxophone quartet, including arrangements of J.S. Bach’s “Italian Concerto” and György Ligeti’s “Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet.” The program also includes original compositions by Guillermo Lago, David Maslanka, David Salleras-Quintana, and David Werfelmann. 

On Sunday, October 12, at 3:00 p.m., the Barkada will join the IUP Wind Ensemble as guest artists for IUP’s annual Homecoming Concert in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center. The combined ensembles, under the direction of Jack Stamp, will perform William Bolcom’s “Concerto Grosso” for saxophone quartet and band.

General admission tickets for the October 12 performance are on sale at the Hadley Union Building Box Office, by calling 724-357-1313, or online, or the Lively Arts ticketing site.

Ticket prices are $10 regular admission, $8 senior citizen admission, or $6 for students and children.

The members of the Barkada Quartet are Shane Rathburn, soprano saxophone; Martí Comas, alto saxophone; Steven Lawhon, tenor saxophone; and Justin Polyblank, baritone saxophone.

Said to display “virtuosity of the utmost distinctive order” (Splash Magazine), the quartet is the first saxophone quartet to capture the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition’s coveted Grand Prize by winning all five rounds of competition in 2012. Formed in 2011 at the Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music, Barkada Quartet’s individual members share a friendship and musical camaraderie of such strength that their performances are said to be reminiscent of “watching a group of men having a chat at the water cooler.”

Barkada Quartet’s 2014–15 season will feature the release of their first full-length album, Aventura, the launch of an ambitious commissioning project, and several public performances. The Quartet’s concert performances have garnered recognition both at home and abroad. Most recently, the Quartet was one of just four American chamber ensembles to participate in the open division of the eighth Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa.

In March 2014, they performed David Maslanka’s Concerto for Saxophone Quartet & Wind Ensemble with the Indiana University Symphonic Band under the baton of Jeffery Gershman, and during summer 2013 Barkada Quartet enjoyed a weeklong concert tour throughout Northern Italy as part of an annual collaboration between Fischoff and the Emilia Romagna Festival. 

For additional information about the concerts, call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS).