IUP alumnus Justin Polyblank and former professor Anastasia Antonacos return to IUP to perform a guest artist chamber music concert. Polyblank will perform as a member of Barkada Quartet, which will collaborate with pianist Antonacos. The performance takes place on Friday, March 31, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall on the second floor of Sutton Hall, located at 1011 South Drive, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705. The concert is free and open to the public.
The centerpiece of this contemporary music program is IUP Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition David Martynuik’s “Quintet #2 ‘Sierra Vita.’” Composed during a spring 2016 sabbatical leave, the quintet is an exuberant showpiece for the unique combination of saxophone quartet and piano. Another highlight is “Ex Machina,” a new original work for saxophone quartet by internationally renowned composer Marc Mellits. Other music includes original works for saxophone quartet by composers Christine Delphine Hedden, Guillermo Lago, and David Maslanka.
The members of Barkada Quartet are Christopher Elchico, soprano saxophone; Shane Rathburn, alto saxophone; Perry Roth, tenor saxophone; and Justin Polyblank, baritone saxophone.
Said to display “virtuosity of the utmost distinctive order” according to Splash Magazine, Barkada Quartet is the first saxophone quartet to capture the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition’s coveted Grand Prize. Formed in 2011 at the Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music, Barkada Quartet’s individual members share a friendship and musical camaraderie of such strength that their performances are said to be reminiscent of “watching a group of men having a chat at the water cooler.”