PAUL CRESTON (1906-1985) 15:00
FERNANDE DECRUCK (1896-1954) 15:00
for Alto Saxophone and Piano
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897) 23:00
for Clarinet and Piano
STEVEN BANKS (b.1993) 18:00
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.
We thank the following foundations, businesses and individuals who have supported us in 2021.
And we thank the following generous foundations, businesses and individuals who helped us bring you our concerts in 2020.
* In memory of Josh Lipton