Update! We will be at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem for Thursday's conversation (6 pm) and saxophone clinic (7 pm), NOT in Littleton. Please join us! In addition, the ticket link for Littleton has been updated - please print your ticket confirmation to receive dinner deals!

The energizing and invigorating Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer. The four classically-trained saxophonists met as graduate students at the The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut in 2011. 

The quartet received the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor. 

The quartet will visit a variety of both traditional and non-traditional venues during their residency, which will begin with a performance at St. Kieran's Center for the Arts in Berlin and will close with a performance at the Littleton Opera House. Email us to learn more or to claim one of the few remaining spots in their schedule!

Want to make it dinner & a show? We've got lots of restaurants offering special deals if you dine with them the night of the show in Littleton - just print your ticket confirmation and bring it with you to show your server!

Please note that all Arts Alliance public events are held in locations accessible for those with wheelchairs. If you require additional accommodations, please give us as much notice as possible. If the listed price is a hardship, please pay what you can or come as our guest. Ticket purchases are non-refundable; in the event of a cancellation by the Arts Alliance, your purchases will be refunded. 

If possible, please call us to let us know to expect you at our conversations and clinics! 530 727 8750.

Arts Alliance Individual and Family members receive discounts at our public programs. Please bring your Member Card to receive your discount! Learn more about becoming a member here

A full residency schedule is available for download here.

2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 15 

St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts
155 Emery St., Berlin, NH
$12 Adults, $8 Minors      PLEASE NOTE: St. Kieran's is unable to extend our usual "pay what you can" policy to this program.
$2/Ticket Discount for Arts Alliance Members with ID at the Door

This concert is presented in partnership with St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts. 

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
4 Post Office Square, Plymouth, NH 
Suggested Donation $10/Adults, $5/Students, $20/Family; tickets at the door.

This concert is presented in partnership with Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ

7:30 p.m., Friday, March 20 

Littleton Opera House
2 Union St., Littleton, NH 
$15/Adults, $10/Students, $30/Family
$12/Arts Alliance Individual or Family Members, $8/Arts Alliance Student Members, $25/Arts Alliance Member Family

Please show Member ID to receive discount, and please print and bring your ticket confirmation to receive dinner deals!      

Asylum Quartet is an award-winning, emerging chamber music quartet. Lauded for “nonstop virtuoso skills” (Times Herald-Record, New York), the Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer. 

With a mission of engaging and captivating diverse audiences, the Asylum Quartet performs in New York City subway stations under the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York program, and in Hartford Public Schools as Arts Providers for Hartford Performs. Beginning in Fall of 2014, the quartet will serve as Ensemble-in-Residence at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, presenting a season of free concerts to the Hartford community. Don't miss your chance to catch this energetic and invigorating ensemble! 

Restaurant Offers: 

Please note: All dinner deals require advance purchase ticket, so bring your ticket confirmation!!!!

Adair Inn, Bethlehem: 10% off your meal - reservation required
Topic of the Town, Littleton: 25% off your meal (excludes, alcohol, tax, tip)
Miller's Cafe, Littleton: Free dessert and a coffee to-go with dinner!


Workshops, Clinics and Events

We're asking for YOUR input on where and when you'd like these workshops - we're calling it "Arts on Demand"! But email us soon, before the schedule is full! 323-7302 if you prefer to call.

Music Educator Workshops:
The Asylum Quartet will present teacher workshops detailing saxophone fundamentals and strategies for music students. The workshops will focus on the non-improvisational side of saxophone pedagogy and classical playing. There will be time for questions and discussion. Workshop Fee: $15, $12 for educators from Arts Alliance member schools, $10 for Arts Alliance individual members.

Monday, March 16, Lancaster Elementary School music room (51 Bridge St., Lancaster) - 3:30pm networking, 4-5:30pm workshop

Wednesday, March 18, Franklin High School band room (119 Central St., Franklin) 3pm networking, 3:30-5pm workshop

Saxophone/Reed Clinics:
Saxophone players – from amateurs to professionals -- looking to pick up a few pointers from this award-winning ensemble, plus high school or college students looking to take their playing to the next level are invited to participate in this clinic. Be sure to bring a saxophone (or a reed instrument of choice). Topics can include tone production, warm-up techniques, practice techniques and building ensemble chemistry. Bring questions! (Clinic will be followed by an informal conversation on life as a musician, history of the saxophone for those interested.)

Tuesday, March 17, North Conway Music Center (1976 White Mountain Highway, North Conway) 5:30-7pm
Cost for clinic: $15 Adults, $12 AANNH Members, $10 Students -- if the fee is a hardship, pay what you can or come as our guest!

Thursday, March 19, NEW LOCATION The Rocks Estate (4 Christmas Lane, Bethlehem) 7pm


Youth Musicians Meet & Greet with Asylum:
High school musicians from across the region will be invited to join in conversation with Asylum Quartet before their performance at the Littleton Opera House. Whether students are considering their options for after high school or just want to learn a bit about life as a professional musician or music educator, this will be a fun and interesting conversation. (Feel free to bring a snack/dinner) Free. 

Friday, March 20, Littleton Opera House (2 Union St., Littleton) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

A Community Conversation for Musicians, Artists & Interested Community Members
A free, informal gathering that offers a chance to meet the musicians and learn about their passion for their instruments – and about the music they play from across the ages and around the world. Learn about life as a professional artist. Ask questions, share your experiences and listen. All are welcome. Free. (Ages 12 & up)

Monday, March 16, Lancaster Town Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17, North Conway Music Center (1976 White Mountain Highway, North Conway) 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 19, NEW LOCATION The Rocks Estate (4 Christmas Lane, Bethlehem) 6:00-7:00 p.m.



Guillermo Lago - Cordoba performed by Asylum Quartet.



Asylum Quartet

 

Lauded for “nonstop virtuoso skills” (Times Herald-Record, New York) and "evocative, educational, and refreshing" concerts (Newport Daily News, Rhode Island), the Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer. The four classically-trained saxophonists met as graduate students at the The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut in 2011. Shortly after forming, the quartet received the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor. 

The quartet takes its name from Asylum Hill, a storied neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut. In the mid-nineteenth century, this area was an important commercial, political, and cultural capital where literary figures such as Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe made their home. Today, the quartet draws inspiration from this spirit of Asylum Hill through a commitment to engaging and captivating diverse audiences and contributing to the vibrancy of its home city. In September of 2014, Hartford's Christ Church Cathedral named the Asylum Quartet its Ensemble-in-Residence, bringing free concerts to the Hartford community throughout the 2014-2015 season. Additionally, the quartet is part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York program, performs outreach concerts in Hartford Public Schools as Arts Providers for Hartford Performs, and serves as the 2014-2015 Resident Ensemble for Musical Masterworks, presenting outreach concerts, clinics, and masterclasses in public schools throughout southeastern Connecticut.

Recent highlights include a concert at the Boston Athenaeum, performances before film screenings at the 2014 Traverse City Film Festival, a two-concert debut at the Newport Music Festival, a two-week residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute (Boscawen, New Hampshire), and a mainstage concert at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven, Connecticut). Other past appearances include Reeves-Reed Arboretum (Summit, New Jersey), The Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery (Brattleboro, Vermont), the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center (Middletown, Connecticut), and at Bravo Waterbury!, in an outreach concert for the El Sistema-inspired music education program. The quartet has made regular appearances at Connecticut’s J. Rene Coffee Roasters Music Series and Manchester Community College "Live on Main" Series. The Asylum Quartet has been a featured guest on WNPR's Where We Live with John Dankosky, WWUH's The 20th Century Limited with Larry Bilansky, WNMC's Morning Jazz with Eric Hines, and WCRI's Festival Series with Mike Maino.

As enthusiastic performers of new music, the quartet has collaborated closely with composers including Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, Erberk Eryilmaz, Polina Nazaykinskaya, Alan Thomas, and Ryan Jesperson. Asylum's 2014-2015 season features an original arrangement of Philip Glass's String Quartet No. 5. Additionally, the quartet launched its first Call for Scores Competition in 2014 as part of its efforts to curate new works from fresh, compelling voices.

The quartet will visit a variety of both traditional and non-traditional venues during their residency, which will begin with a performance at St. Kieran's Center for the Arts in Berlin and will close with a performance in Littleton. Email us to sign up your school, volunteer or to learn about planned community workshops and events!