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Adagio Sax Quartet’s Annual Holiday Concert December 23 at Highland Avenue Fellowship Church
16th Dec 2018 Adagio Sax Quartet’s Annual Holiday Concert December 23 at Highland Avenue Fellowship Church
MELBOURNE, FL, November 14, 2018 – The Adagio Sax Quartet (ASQ) returns for its annual holiday concert that puts the saxophone center stage, in a program of traditional Christmas carols and modern holiday tunes. The event will be held Sunday, December 23, at 3:00 pm, at the Highland Ave. Fellowship Church, 1591 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935. The concert is free. A $10 donation is suggested.

“This concert is a must for anyone who loves holiday music with a twist, or who loves the saxophone,” said Dave Hutson, founder of the group and the baritone sax player. “They’ll find this concert to be refreshing and different. The music is unique in that most of it is arranged by Paul Burrucker, from Titusville, whose arrangements bring new life to well-known pieces.”

Most are familiar with the sax in swing bands, jazz, or Rock and Roll. The sound of a sax quartet is different as the rich textures of the sounds and the harmonies are unique. The sax can be raucous, bluesy, delicate, and smooth. In the hands of skilled players, the sax is quite remarkable.

Selections on the playbill range from We’ve Been a While a-Wandering (The Wassailing Song), and Ah, Bleak and Chill the Wintry Wind, to modern arrangements of We Need a Little Christmas and Sleigh Ride. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch is a crowd favorite that features the baritone sax.

ASQ is one of few sax quartets in the area and is considered one of the best. In addition to Hutson, musicians include: Andrew Cleaver, soprano and first alto sax, who spent 20 years in Air Force bands, including the Airmen of Note; Dave Melchor, second alto, who began playing in Air Force bands 60 years ago and is a founding member of the Melbourne Municipal Band’s Swingtime band; and John Babb, tenor sax, who came to the area from Atlanta, where he played in the pit band of several theaters and who plays with Swingtime.

For more information about the Adagio Sax Quartet contact Hutson at asq@melbournemunicipalband.org or call 321-501-3722.

The Adagio Sax Quartet is a small ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.