Susan Fancher, saxophonist
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The Red Clay Quartet

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Photo by Stacey Haines

Susan Fancher, soprano saxophone, Robert Faub, alto saxophone,
Steven Stusek, tenor saxophone, Mark Engebretson, baritone saxophone
 
The Red Clay Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2003 in North Carolina when the fates conspired to bring four internationally recognized saxophonists together in Greensboro.  The RCSQ takes its name from the area's luscious red soil.  The Quartet's repertoire features music by composers as varied as Ben Johnston, Burton Beerman, Mark Engebretson, Lenny Pickett, Alejandro Rutty, Ben Boone, Steve Reich and Gavin Bryars.  The 2012-2013 season includes the RCSQ's premiere performance of Compass by David Rakowski, presented on February 8, 2013 by Music for a Great Space in Greensboro, NC.

Red Clay Saxophone Quartet Sample Concert Programs
 
Sax Appeal:
Don Agustin by Horacio Salgán/arr. Rutty
Tango Virtuoso by Thierry Escaich
Hyperlinks by Alejandro Rutty
Wapango by Paquito D'Rivera
Motherless Child Variations by Perry Goldstein
Spain by Chick Corea/arr. Michael Burns
Selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein/arr. Boatman
Veracruz! a medley of Mexican folk tunes
 
Deep Roots and Red Clay (a concert of twentieth century greats with
 connections to the distant past):
Suite Française by Francis Poulenc/arr. Jonas Forssell
Alaric I or II by Gavin Bryars
O Waly Waly by Ben Johnston
Six Bagatelles by György Ligeti
Every Thing Must Go by Martin Bresnick
 
French Connections:
Suite Française by Francis Poulenc/arr. Jonas Forssell
Premier Quatuor by Jean Baptiste Singelée
Variations sur Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman by W. A. Mozart/arr. Boatman
Quatuor by Pierre-Max Dubois
Tango Virtuoso by Thierry Escaich
 
Composers of the Carolinas:
O Waly Waly by Ben Johnston
Off on a Tangent by Ronald Parks
Prodigal Child by John Fitz Rogers
Alley Dance by Ben Boone
Saxophone Quartet by Alejandro Rutty
 
Maximum-Minimum (an engaging, beautiful program of post-minimal repertoire):
New York Counterpoint (1985/1995) by Steve Reich/tr. Susan Fancher
Duke Meets Mort by Robert Carl
Alaric I or II by Gavin Bryars
Four5 by John Cage
July by Michael Torke
 
Never Too Tango! (in collaboration with the Lorena Guillén Tango Duo):
Spend an evening reveling in the glorious tango music of Argentina!
 
Tikvah: A multi-media oratorio by Burton Beerman for saxophone quartet, soprano voice, dancer and video, based on memoirs of Philip Markowicz, Torah scholar and Holocaust survivor
 
Tikvah Suite: A 20-minute suite of music from the oratorio, for saxophone quartet and orchestra

The Red Clay Saxophone Quartet is available for concerts, workshops and masterclasses.  For booking information, contact Susan Fancher.