April 18, 2020
7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra: Prism aux Étoiles (Prism to the Stars)

PRISM Quartet                       

  • Dutilleux: Au gré des ondes
  • Aikman : Planetary Wind
  • Aikman : Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (world premiere)
  • Duparc: Aux étoiles
  • Poulenc: Sinfonietta

Come enjoy the premiere of a new work for saxophone quartet by ICO Composer-in-Residence James Aikman, featuring new music champions the PRISM Quartet. While the saxophone was created by Belgian Adolphe Sax in the early 1840s, it strongly influenced French repertoire. Audiences will delight in the works of three outstanding French composers.

Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles. “A bold ensemble that set the standard for contemporary-classical saxophone quartets” (The New York Times), PRISM has performed in Carnegie Hall on the Making Music Series, in Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and throughout Latin America, China, and Russia under the auspices of the United States Information Agency and USArtists International. PRISM has also been presented to critical acclaim as soloists with the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, and conducted residencies at the nation’s leading conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory. Two-time recipients of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM has commissioned nearly 300 works, many by internationally celebrated composers, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Julia Wolfe, William Bolcom, Jennifer Higdon, Zhou Long, and Bernard Rands; MacArthur “Genius” Award recipients Tyshawn Sorey, Bright Sheng, and Miguel Zenón; and United States Artists Fellow Susie Ibarra. PRISM’s discography includes releases on Albany, BMOP/Sound, ECM, innova, Koch, Naxos, New Dynamic, New Focus, and its own label, XAS Records. The Fifth Century, PRISM’s ECM recording with The Crossing under Donald Nally, was awarded a 2018 Grammy for Best Choral Performance. In 2016, PRISM was named by its alma mater, the University of Michigan, as the first recipient of the Christopher Kendall Award in recognition of its work in “collaboration, entrepreneurship, and community engagement.” The PRISM Quartet performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones.