Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet Performing at Concordia Friday

Concordia College is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and as part of the celebration, the college has been hosting numerous free concerts and performances for the public. This Friday, Concordia hosts the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet (TSQ)– a music group comprised of musicians from Cyprus, Italy and the United States – at 7:30 p.m. at the Knutson Campus Center Centrum!

Established in 1996 at Bowling Green State University, the TSQ combines elements of classical, jazz, rock, ethnic and world music in its programming. The group has appeared throughout Europe and North America in music festivals, universities and many different community venues.

TSQ consists of saxophonists Marco Albonetti, Carrie Koffman, Yiannis Miralis and Concordia’s own Russell Peterson.

Peterson is an associate professor of music originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He is an active classical and jazz saxophonist, bassoonist and composer.

When he isn’t performing around the world with the TSQ, Peterson performs with the Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet in Fargo-Moorhead. He also serves as a bassoonist in the F-M Symphony Woodwind Quartet and as the principal bassoonist wit the F-M Symphony Orchestra.

Peterson said one of the most rewarding parts of playing with the TSQ is getting to work with “top notch musicians from all over the world.”

“We play a variety of music from all the countries represented in our group: Italy, Greece, Cyprus and American,” he said, adding that audience members can expect an energetic, multicultural and amusing performance from the TSQ on Friday.

The TSQ performance is free and open to the public. For more information on other upcoming cultural events for Concordia’s 125th anniversary celebration, visit www.ConcordiaCollege.edu.

Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet. Photo courtesy of Concordia College.


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