The all-saxophone Kenari Quartet will kick off the Blue Hill Concert Association’s 44th winter season. KENARI QUARTET PHOTO

Sax in the spotlight: Kenari Quartet opens concert series

BLUE HILL — The saxophone will take center stage at the Blue Hill Concert Association’s opening concert — in person or online — featuring the Oregon-based Kenari Quartet starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

In its 44th winter season, the association will present the award-winning ensemble that includes Bob Eason, soprano saxophone; Kyle Baldwin, alto saxophone; Corey Dundee, tenor saxophone; and Steven Banks, baritone saxophone. Their rich program will range widely from Jennifer Higdon’s “Short Stories,” a collection of six movements, to William Bolcom’s arrangement of six Robert Schumann piano pieces. Mischa Zupko, David Maslanka, Bach and Mendelssohn are among the other highlighted composers. Zupko’s “Quantum Shiftz” was written for and dedicated to the quartet.

Formed at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., the Kenari Quartet seeks to transform the perception of the saxophone and showcase the bronze woodwind instrument’s remarkable versatility.

The First Congregational Church of Blue Hill is well known for its sanctuary’s beauty and outstanding acoustics, making it the perfect setting for this concert. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for attendance.

Tickets for the concert are $30 apiece and may be purchased online or at the door. In keeping with the association’s longstanding commitment to young people, concert-goers under 21 are admitted free.

For more information, call 348-5605 or visit

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