Italian Saxophone Quartet to play in Pasco on April 4

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerMarch 27, 2014 

The Italian Saxophone Quartet

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Four Italian guys wailing on a litany of saxophones in a number of music styles makes for a melodic evening of music.

And on April 4, that's exactly what you will get when the Community Concerts Tri-Cities organization presents the Italian Saxophone Quartet concert.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Faith Assembly Church, 1800 N. Road 72 in Pasco. Admission if you don't have a Community Concerts season pass is $25 for adults and $10 for students.

The guys, who all reside in Italy, are Federico Mondelci, Marco Gerboni, Mario Marzi and Massimo Mazzoni, and they are as entertaining as they are talented, said Steve Emahiser, the quartet's publicity manager.

"They have a real knack for presenting legitimate classical interpretations next to lighter, popular selections," Emahiser said. "Not to mention they are very charming performers, lots of audience engagement."

Mondelci has toured the world as a soloist and often performs with several Italian orchestras, including La Scala Milan.

He's toured with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra as well as the World Saxophone Congress festival in Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy and the United States.

Gerboni has won numerous music awards as a soloist and has collaborated with several Italian orchestras in Milan and Florence.

He has twice been selected to perform at the World Saxophone Congress festival.

Massimo is a frequent guest soloist with orchestras throughout Italy. He also has been a guest with the World Saxophone Congress festival and organized its 10th anniversary in Italy in 1992, which involved 500 saxophonists, Emahiser said.

Marzi is perhaps as famous for his carrot cake as he is for his music, Emahiser said.

"He's also a great soccer player and top goal-scorer," he added. "In his spare time, as a saxophone player, he has won nine national and four international competitions and performed with Italy's most prestigious orchestras."

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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