Sax ensemble Prism Quartet performs ‘Music from the Americas’ at Cornell

MOUNT VERNON — Saxophone ensemble Prism Quartet will perform “Music from the Americas,” featuring Latin American tangos and all-American tunes by Gershwin and Joplin, in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, in King Chapel at Cornell College.

This is the final concert in Cornell’s 2004-2005 Music Mondays series. General admission is $8 at the door. Cornell students, faculty and staff are admitted free with ID.

The concert opens with a focus on Latin America, including Astor Piazzolla’s “Four for Tango” and “Tango-Etude No. 4,” along with traditional Colombian songs. The concert closes in North America, featuring Vernon Duke’s “Autumn in New York,” George Gershwin’s “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” and Scott Joplin’s “The Cascades.”

Prism Quartet presents the saxophone as a serious concert instrument while embracing its rich history in jazz and popular music. Two-time winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the ensemble has performed on “Entertainment Tonight,” National Public Radio and in Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Founded in 1984, Prism has served as artists-in-residence at Settlement Music School and the Free Library of Philadelphia since 1994. A Philadelphia Inquirer review described Prism as “four skilled performers with buoyant musical personalities. The performers moved effortlessly between styles. The music was lighthearted, pulsing and wittily colored.”

This tour of Prism Quartet is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.