Anubis Saxophone Quartet to perform at the CMA on February 7

The Anubis Saxophone quartet, an ensemble that includes three BGSU alumni, will perform a concert of new works at the College of Musical Arts on Monday, February 7 in Bryan Recital Hall. The concert, part of the Music at the Forefront concert series sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, begins at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Their program includes the American premieres of works by composers Giorgio Netti and Ben Hjertmann and a new work by BGSU faculty composer Mikel Kuehn.

Anubis Quartet – Allison Balcetis, Ryan Muncy, Sean Patayanikorn and David Wegehaupt – is a saxophone ensemble committed to the creation, progression and performance of new music. Formed in 2007, the group is establishing itself as one of North America’s major contemporary saxophone ensembles. They have performed as guests at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand and at the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial conference at the University of South Carolina. In addition to a Chicago debut performance at Nichols Concert Hall of the Music Institute of Chicago, engagements during previous concert seasons included a presentation of new works at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand at the 15th World Saxophone Congress and a performance at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region IX conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Recently, Anubis Quartet was the collaborating ensemble for Random Access Music, a New York-based composers’ collective, and will present a concert of five world premieres in New York City in May 2010. The quartet has commissioned and premiered works by living composers including Thierry Alla, Philippe Laval, Mikel Kuehn, Claudio Gabriele and Vincent Bouchot.

Anubis Quartet includes two Fulbright Scholars, one Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition gold medalist, one semi-finalist in the Adolphe Sax International Competition and the 4th place winner of the 2008 Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition. In May 2010, Anubis Quartet was named the 2010-11 winner of the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists.

Music at the Forefront is an annual concert series featuring performances by accomplished and innovative performers of contemporary music. For more information contact the center at 419-372-2685 or email

(Submitted by Kurt Doles)