The City of Angels Saxophone Quartet will be performing as part of the Church of the Angels’ “Music for the Angels Concert Series” on Sunday, October 11, at 4 p.m. (How many times can you say “angels” in one same sentence? Well, now you know.)
Joking aside, this will be a nice opportunity to listen to arrangements of music by Leonard Bernstein, Astor Piazzola, Paul Simon, and other composers, that were worked especially for the four saxophones of this group. The City of Angels Saxophone Quartet is now in its 25th year of existence, having had its start at CSU Northridge in 1990. The group’s goal has been to introduce audiences to the musical potential of the saxophone, showing them that it can perform classical, jazz, or popular music equally fabulously.
The “Music for the Angels Concert Series” was started by the Church of the Angels in 2013 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its founding (1889). It was such a successful and well received event that it was also held in 2014 and again this year. A list of this year’s concerts can be found here.
If you attend the event, take the time to read up on the history of the church on this page, so that you can also appreciate your surroundings. There are multiple items of interest inside this building, including its stained glass window, the altar and chancel furniture, and the organ, which is as old as the structure.
The City of Angels Saxophone Quartet released an album that is available on CDBaby.com. The page includes samples that can give you an idea of what you can expect to hear during the concert.
The Church of the Angels is located at 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena, CA 91105. General admission into the concert is $15 / $10 for Church of the Angels parishioners and for students with I.D.
Photo: from City of Angels Saxophone Quartet’s Facebook page