The Amethyst Saxophone Quartet will hold master classes and perform a concert at Lone Star College-Kingwood on Saturday, March 23. The master classes are from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in one hour blocks in the Music Instructional Building (MUS). The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the MUS Recital Hall. “Anyone who loves good music, especially chamber music where only one person is playing each part, will enjoy this performance,” said Jay Whatley, music professor. “A saxophone quartet will be a novelty to many of our patrons. It will also be of interest to people that enjoy band music, especially big band music like the Kingwood Big Band.” The master classes are specifically designed for chamber music groups from area high schools and colleges/universities. These musicians will have a one-hour coaching session with individual Amethyst Quartet members to learn how to play better as an ensemble and learn how to prepare for public performances. “These classes will help high school chamber groups prepare to perform at the state UIL Solo and Ensemble competitions that are held at the University of Texas at Austin in May. College/university groups will benefit from this experience as they prepare for upcoming auditions and competitions,” Whatley said. The Amethyst Saxophone Quartet will choose one chamber group that attended a master class as its special guest to perform at the concert on Saturday night. “We're presenting this event to introduce the Amethyst Quartet to the community; to bring outstanding young musicians from area high schools and colleges/universities to our campus; to draw in community members to the new MUS building; and to raise funds for music scholarships,” he said. The Amethyst Saxophone Quartet, comprised of Northwestern University students Johnny Salinas, Sean Hurlburt, Luke Gay, and Zachary Pfau, is the first saxophone quartet in history to sweep the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competitions. In the same year, it won first place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition. To participate in the master classes, chamber groups must register and pay an $80 fee. The public is invited to attend the master classes for free. Tickets to the concert are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. All proceeds will go toward music scholarships. To register for the master class or reserve a ticket for the main concert, call 281-312-1709. For more information on the classes or concert, contact Aaron Martinez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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