Classical KING and LMC Present: Aero Quartet, 2023 Frances Walton Competition Small Ensemble Alternate Winners

Friday, December 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Listen to 2023 FWC Small Ensemble Alternate Winners Aero Saxophone Quartet perform on Classical KING’s Northwest Focus Live!



Ladies Musical Club and Classical KING


aero saxophone quartet

2023 Frances walton competition alternate winners

small ensemble division

Northwest Focus Live
Friday, December 1, 2023 at 7 PM


Bop (2004) by Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962)

An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave (2015) by Carlos Simon (b. 1986)

Saxophone Quartet, Op. 109 (1932) by Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936)
III. Finale

Danzón No. 5 “Portales de Madrugada” (1997) by Arturo Márquez (b. 1950)

Wapango (1993) by Paquito D’Rivera (b. 1948)

Cape Cod Chips (2007) by Hiromi Uehara (b. 1979) arr. Corey Dundee

The Iberia Suite (2004) by Ed Calle (b. 1959)
I. Midnight Rumba
II. Siesta
III. Pamplona


Praised by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Grammy-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas for their “nuanced, colorful, and artfully sculpted” interpretations, Aero Quartet has appeared on chamber music series including Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Chesapeake Music, Valparaiso Concert Association, and The Dame Myra Hess Concerts broadcast on WFMT Chicago. Aero is consistently recognized for their versatile and varied performances, with programming featuring conventional and contemporary works for saxophone, as well as arrangements spanning centuries of musical tradition.

As educators, Aero has presented masterclasses at institutions including the University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Missouri–Kansas City, and the University of Kansas. Aero Quartet heavily values educational outreach, having performed for and worked with students at public schools across the Midwest and East Coast.

Formed in 2020 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Aero Quartet received the Gold Medal at the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, along with First Prize awards at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and Briggs Chamber Music Competition, among others. Aero’s artistic mission is to provide audiences with listening experiences that are engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking, whilst actively contributing to the evolving chamber music medium by commissioning new repertoire and exploring eclectic arrangements. You can hear Aero on their debut album, released on the Orchid Classics label in September 2023, which is available on all streaming platforms.








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