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Evolution Of The Saxophone Quartet

Ara Howrani
Matt Levy, Zach Shemon, Taimur Sullivan and Timothy McAllister of the Prism Quartet.

Classical KC speaks with Matt Levy and Zach Shemon of the Grammy Award-winning Prism Quartet on this week's Local Feature. We'll find out how a gig with Prism set Shemon on the road towards teaching at the UMKC Conservatory, plus we'll hear the ensemble perform music by Jennifer Higdon, Chen Yi, Libby Larsen and more.


Stephen Steigman


Matt Levy
Zach Shemon


by Jennifer Higdon

by Roshanne Etezady

Speed Metal Organum Blues
by Gregory Wanamaker

Wait a Minute
by Libby Larsen

Just a Minute, Chopin
by Adam Silverman

Song Without Words
by Matthew Levy

Everything Must Go III. Pensoso con sobrio espressione
by Martin Bresnick

Ba Yin 1. Praying for Rain
by Chen Yi
With Steve Davis and the UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony

The Fifth Century - Eternity Magnifies Our Joys Exceedingly
by Gavin Bryars
With Donald Nally and The Crossing (choir)

Concerto Grosso III. Valse
by William Bolcom
With Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Improvisations - Interlude 4
by Chris Potter
featuring Chris Potter, saxophone

Improvisations - Interlude 5
by Chris Potter
featuring Chris Potter, saxophone

You can find recordings, see upcoming performances, and learn more about Prism at prismquartet.com.

You can learn more about the UMKC Conservatory and the Conservatory saxophone studio at conservatory.umkc.edu.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
Sam Wisman is a Producer for 91.9 Classical KC. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.