PFAC presents Saxophobia in Big Piney Feb. 5th
by Pinedale Fine Arts Council
February 3, 2014
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council is proud to present Rob Verdiís "Saxophobia" live Wednesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the Big Piney Fine Arts Center. The performance is free and will feature members of the Big Piney High School and Middle School bands.
"Saxophobia" brings to the stage a rare and unique glimpse at some of the most unusual saxophones ever manufactured and the classic melodies that popularized this warmly embraced and versatile musical instrument. The show explores over a half century of jazz classics and recognizes the musical contributions of such artists as Stan Getz, Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Frankie Trambauer, Rudy Weideoft and others. Audiences will be introduced to over a dozen variations of Adolphe Saxís 1846 invention including a curved sopranino, plastic alto, straight tenor, connosax, slide sax, bass and even a rare 6 ft contrabass sax. Some of the musical selections programmed in a typical Saxophobia show include "Autumn Leaves", "All The Things You Are", "Take 5", "My Favorite Things", "Singing The Blues", "When You Wish Upon A Star", "Stompin At The Savoy", and "My Romance". Throw in a little "My Three Sons", "Tequila", "Pink Panther", and "Yakety Sax" just for fun and youíve got an entertaining, rich and riveting history of the saxophone and the players who gave the sax itís distinctive voice in jazz.
Like baseball and apple pie, jazz is an American icon. Over the past century, the saxophone has played an important role in the development of this indigenous art form. Hear popular jazz standards and whimsical novelty selections, see an impressive array of rare instruments, and absorb a bit of saxophone history, as "Saxophobia" brings to your concert stage an extraordinary educational presentation of the saxophone.
Rob Verdi will also present a shorter version of Saxophobia earlier in the day on Wednesday, Feb 5 at 12:30 pm at the Big Piney Senior Center. That show is free and will follow regular lunch and dining times.
Saxophobia live in Big Piney is presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council with support in part from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the Wyoming Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, SCSD #9, Western Sublette BOCES #9, the Sublette County Recreation Board, The Sublette Community Foundation, Encana, Linn Energy, QEP Resources, Tegeler & Associates, Wyoming Community Foundation, Denbury Resources and Ultra.
For more information please visit www.pinedalefinearts.com or call 307-367-7322. And be sure to find us on Facebook.