Thiel College Con Spirito series welcomes Fischoff Award-winners Aruna Quartet
Thiel College is set to welcome award-winning harmonic saxophone group Aruna Quartet for the latest Con Spirito concert. The concert is free and open to the public.
By: Thiel College
The performance takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at Thiel College's (https://www.thiel.edu/
Aruna was awarded the Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the 46th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Since forming at Texas Tech University in the Fall of 2015, the Aruna Quartet has performed a wide range of traditional and contemporary repertoire. The quartet comprises William Pyle, Ryan Hill, Tony Guzman and Andrew Schoen.
Most recently, Aruna was invited to perform and teach at the 2019 Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy, which was held at Rangsit University in Bangkok, Thailand. At Texas Tech University, the quartet is coached by Professor of Saxophone David Dees. They received additional instruction by legendary saxophone pedagogue Frederick L. Hemke at the 2018 Snow Pond Music Festival in Sydney, Maine.
The Fischoff Competition is the largest chamber music competition in the nation and its longest consecutively running competition. Each year, an average of 125 ensembles, representing 22 nationalities, enter in either the wind or string categories. Since its founding, more than 6,800 musicians have participated, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education.
Annually, the winner of the Fischoff Competition performs in the Glenn Johnson Memorial Chapel as a part of the Con Spirito series.
In 2007, the tradition of musical excellence started when LaVonne H'16 and the late Glen R. Johnson H'88, in honor of their late daughter, created the series to bring top musical talent to Thiel College and the region. Con Spirito is just one of the offerings at Thiel that connects the college to the regional arts community. The series has hosted free concerts that are open to the public on the Thiel campus in Greenville since 2007.
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