Clarion Concerts


Saxophonist Steven Banks

October 23, 2021 • 7:00PM
St. James Place, Great Barrington MA
Saxophonist Steven Banks
Photo by Chris Lee


Steven Banks, saxophone
Xak Bjerken, piano

Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 19

PAUL CRESTON (1906-1985) 15:00

I. With vigor
II. With tranquility
III. With gaiety

Sonate in C-sharp minor

FERNANDE DECRUCK (1896-1954) 15:00
for Alto Saxophone and Piano

I. Tres Modere, Expresif
II. Noel
III. Fileuse
V. Nocturne et Rondel

Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897) 23:00
for Clarinet and Piano

I. Allegro Appassionato
II. Andante un poco adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso
IV. Vivace

Come As You Are

STEVEN BANKS (b.1993) 18:00

I. Lift My Eyes
II. Times of the Storm
III. Strength of My Life
IV. Lift My Hands


Recognized for his “glowing mahogany tone” (Seen and Heard International) and “breathtaking” (Classical Voice of NC) performances, Steven Banks is establishing himself as an important young artist on the saxophone, which is rarely heard as a solo concert instrument.

Steven Banks captured First Prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the first saxophonist to do so in YCA’s history. This season he will make his New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall. As a jazz performer Mr. Banks has played alongside musicians affiliated with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Buddy Rich Big Band, and Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Banks also appears on a Naxos recording as baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Kenari Quartet.

Mr. Banks is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in music education, performance, and newly commissioned works in the classical realm. He spoke at the 2017 TEDxNorthwesternU conference on how to create change in institutionalized prejudices against women and people of color, and has written and given guest lectures on the history of black classical composers.

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We thank the following foundations, businesses and individuals who have supported us in 2021.

Benefactors ($5,000+)
Jason Subotky and Anne Akiko Meyers
Sponsors ($1000–$4999)
The Bay & Paul Foundations
The Feigenbaum Foundation, Inc.
Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation
Network for Good
Price Chopper / Market 32
Alice Platt
Patrons ($500–$999)
Sherwood Baxt
John and Tricia Bevan
Richard Collens
Martin and Emily Daughtry
Matthew Deming
Golub Foundation
Joe Romano and Dave Hall
Supporters: ($250–$499)
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Destination Pine Plains
Red House Design
Stewart’s Shops
White Hart Inn
Donors: ($100–$249)
Copake General Store
Copake Wine Works
Alyssa and Vicki Dodson
The Farmer’s Wife
Dorothy A. Gitzy
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
Herrington Fuels, Inc
Hudson Wine Merchants
Hillsdale Supermarket, Inc
Hylton Hundt Salon, Inc
Rosemary Lyons and Barry Chase
Oblong Books and Music
Prairie Whale Restaurant
Salisbury Wines
Steve and Barbara Smith
Ward’s Nursery

And we thank the following generous foundations, businesses and individuals who helped us bring you our concerts in 2020.

Columbia County Arts Fund, a project of the J.M. Kaplan Fund
Price Chopper
Stewarts Shops
The Wallace Fund
The Farmer’s Wife
Guido’s Supermarket
Harney & Sons
Herrington’s Hardware
The Kinderhook Group
Kinderhook Toyota
Lance Vermeulen Real Estate, Inc.
MetzWood Insurance
Prairie Whale Restaurant
Red House Design
Ann Beckley Barasch
Sherwood & Saida Baxt
Bronwyn Bevan
John & Tricia Bevan
Myron & Harriet Bussel
Edwin Chinery
Agi Clark
Richard Collens
Alfred Daiboch
Emily & Martin Daughtry
Matthew Deming
Vicki Dodson*
George Faison
Amy Goldin
Dave Hall & Joe Romano
Rita Jakubowski
Laraine Lippe*
Benjamin Lipton
Virginia Martin
Belinda Mello & Michael McDonnell*
Michael Mollenkamp
Richard Mousseau
Carol Saginaw
James Sciales & Jennifer Kim*
Monica Sinclair & Brian Hailes*
Sharon Smullen
Claudia Summers
Margareta & Edward Thaute
Eugenia Zukerman

* In memory of Josh Lipton

Members of the Clarion Concerts Board
Eugenia Zukerman, Artistic Director
Dave Hall, President
Matthew Deming, Vice-President
Amy Goldin, Treasurer
Alice Platt, Secretary
Richard Collens
Emily Daughtry
George Faison
Matthew Deming
Virginia Martin
Jay Rohrlich
Special Thanks
Julian Bevan, Graphic Design
John and Tricia Bevan, Volunteer Coordinators
Ruth Seidler, Website Monitor