Join the Prairie Saxophone Initiative as they explore works from the past 300 years. Featuring arrangements from Beethoven and Pergolesi as well as original works for the saxophone including the world premiere of Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy’s The Unstoppable Fear Machine. Featuring local pianist Jenn Crawford.
Program – Time Converged
Singelée – Duo Concertante
Pergolesi – Stabat Mater Dolorosa
Seward – Grass Blooms Under the Wind
Murphy – The Unstoppable Fear Machine
Beethoven – Duo #1 from 3 Duos for Clarinet and Bassoon
Nagao – Paganini Lost
Prairie Saxophone Initiative
Founded in 2022 by Canadian Saxophonists Chinley Hinacay (MMUS) and Matthew Robinson (MMUS), the Prairie Saxophone Initiative (PSI) was created for the purpose of building awareness, expanding repertoire, and creating opportunities for developing saxophonists in the Prairies. PSI has undertaken several initiatives to serve these goals including the commissioning of under-represented Canadian composers, hosting free workshops for student and adult amateur saxophonists, and promoting accessible concert programming.
Since the summer of 2022, PSI has undergone two annual tours of the Canadian Prairies, in which they visited 13 large and small communities. Their tours consist of performances, free workshops and clinics, and the featuring of local artists. PSI has also been featured as soloists with several ensembles including the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble.
PSI also dedicates themselves to the commissioning of new works from underrepresented Canadian composers and have contributed several substantial works to the duo saxophone repertory. In December 2023 PSI will be attending the World Saxophone Congress in the Canary Islands to showcase a program of their commissions.