The Prism Saxophone Quartet is preparing an upcoming concert of quartets for baritone sax – that’s right, all four players playing the big uncle of the family. Problem: bari saxes require their own plane tickets, so how do the musicians, who live in four different places, afford to get together to rehearse? Answer: they all came here, where we have four baris – two owned by Taimur Sullivan, our sax teacher, and two lent by our students. Prism snuck in here for three days, so our kids got to listen in on rehearsals of one of the more adventurous and successful ensembles in the biz.

And it only took three plane tickets to get them together.

On another note, the Emerson Quartet residency last week was a great success. Two very intense concerts – the encore for the first concert was the fourth of Webern’s Five Pieces – to a packed house, with rock-star lines afterwards for getting CDs autographed.

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