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2007 Events

The Cosmopolitan Saxophone Quartet

Sunday April 22nd at 1PM

The Cosmopolitan Saxophone Quartet from the Ithaca College School of Music will return to Homer to perform a free concert on Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 1:00 PM at the Center for the Arts. Founded in the fall semester of 2005, the CSQ plays a wide variety of saxophone quartet repertoire. Under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Steven Mauk, professor of saxophone, the CSQ will present a program of saxophone quartet pieces that they have studied this year. Included in their program are representative pieces of the Baroque, Romantic, and Contemporary eras and will feature the composers Bach, Dubois, Del Borgo, and Hirsh.

Members of the group include Ian Cruz, a sophomore performance and education major from Succasunna, New Jersey on soprano saxophone; Gabe Fadale, a sophomore performance and music education major from Homer, New York on alto saxophone; Ryan Salisbury, a performance and music education major from Johnstown, New York on tenor saxophone; and Steve Mathews, a junior music education major from Reading, Pennsylvania on baritone saxophone.

The members of the quartet and staff of the Center for the Arts invite music lovers of all ages to come to this free concert on Sunday, April 22nd at 1:00 PM. It will be a great concert, guaranteed!

Soprano saxophonist Ian Michael Cruz is a sophomore from Succasunna, New Jersey. He is completing a double-major in Music Education and Saxophone Performance. He currently studies under Steven Mauk, professor of saxophone. During high school Ian studied privately under Frank Amato and Dr. Paul Cohen, saxophone professor at Rutgers University and Manhattan School of Music. Ian was involved in the New Jersey Region Band and performed with the Rutgers Saxophone Ensemble. He started the first ever Roxbury High School saxophone quartet in 2004 and they have continued to grow in talent and musicality. Aside from music, Ian was a member of the National Honors Society, participated as a councilor at Aldersgate Camp, and is an Eagle Scout.

Alto saxophonist Gabe Fadale is a sophomore music education and performance double major from Homer, New York. At Ithaca College, Gabe is the principal alto saxophone player in the Symphonic Band. He is also a member of Chorus and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity. A 2005 graduate of Homer High School, Gabe has studied piano with Mrs. Janet Radmore, saxophone with Mr. Steve Daniels, Mrs. Donna Yacavone, Mr. Gerry Santy, as well as Dr. Steven Mauk. He has participated in New York All State Band and Area All-State Band. In the summer of 2004, Gabe was selected as the Principal alto saxophonist with the Hershey Park and Music Educators National Conference All-USA High School Band. He also played with the Cortland Old Timers Band and the Ithaca Ageless Jazz Band.

Tenor saxophonist Ryan Salisbury is a sophomore music performance and education major. Ryan is a well rounded individual who enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors and music. As well as having many interests in and outside music, Ryan has particular interest in the premiering of new works composed in many different styles. An avid student and supporter involvement on campus, Ryan is involved with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national male music fraternity, Secretary for the Do Anything Nice Club, and is on the Board of Directors for the Do Anything Nice International Organization. Ryan was a second place winner of the 2006 Music Teachers National Association Competition. Steven David Mathews, baritone saxophonist with the CSQ, is a 2004 graduate of Muhlenberg High School in Laureldale, PA, which is located just outside of Reading. He is currently a junior music education major at Ithaca College. At Ithaca, Steve is involved in the Concert Band and Jazz Band, working for the library as a Music Center Student Assistant, as well as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has been involved with saxophone quartets since his first semester, in the fall of 2004, when he played the tenor saxophone. Now, as a member of the CSQ, he enjoys playing an instrument that fits his stature, the baritone saxophone. Some of Steve's saxophone teachers include Jean Wagner, a 1946 graduate of Ithaca College (Conservatory), Mike Eben, Thomas Strohman, Joseph Eckert, Jeremy Justeson, and Steven Mauk.