Classical saxophonist Ashu

Firehouse Arts Center

Firehouse Arts Center Classical saxophonist Ashu

Even though the saxophone seems to be a common, and much beloved instrument in America, the full extent of its expressive powers is not yet widely known. Like the human voice, it ranges from most tender utterance to full-blast roar, its single reed allowing the player to control the intensity of vibration with great accuracy.

While most people have never heard the saxophone in concert music, Ashu has begun to change this. After winning several competitions, he received a wide range of opportunities, including a recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, and a concerto debut at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Since then, solo performances have taken him throughout Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Portugal, West Indies, and the USA; with upcoming concerts in Russia, South Africa, Montreal, London, New Zealand, Poland, Finland, and more. Regularly touring as soloist with renowned orchestras throughout the USA and Europe, Ashu recently performed with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and NY Central Park.

Earning a reputation for his engaging stage presence, critics have raved that he's "just as much fun to watch as he is to listen to" (Dallas Morning News) and "Riveting, Brilliant, Pizzazz to Burn!", after being featured on NPR. What drives him, ultimately, is his love for performing and reaching people. "For me, there's just no feeling like walking up on stage and getting to share myself with an audience. It's an absolutely incredible feeling that is so humbling and thrilling at the same time," he says.

On March 18, he will perform works by Ibert, Rachmaninoff, Korngold, Piazzolla, Morricone and Demersseman, assisted by pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, professor of Piano at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

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Program

Ibert

Concertino da Camera

Korngold

Concerto in C majore, Op. 37

Piazzolla

Tree Tangos

Morricone

Italian film Suite

Demersseman

Fantaisie sur un Thème Original

Performers

Ashu

Saxophonist