The Encore Saxophone Quartet – Douglas Masek, Ken Foerch, David Brennan, and Damon Zick – performs music by American composers – the program includes selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story, together with works by Jennifer Higdon, Jake Boring, Jim Self, and Bob Mintzer.
Recent winners in the 2016 Beverly Hills National Auditions competition, the Encore Saxophone Quartet is among Los Angeles's premier performing ensembles. Formed in 1984 by internationally renowned saxophonist Douglas Masek, the Quartet's extensive repertoire spans original compositions and arrangements that bridge a wide-range of styles.
The Quartet's unique blend of innovative and diverse programming, along with informational narrative, transports its listeners on a musical journey that exhibits the many colorful possibilities encompassing the sound spectrum of the saxophone in a quartet setting.
Individually, the members of the Quartet are distinguished soloists and chamber music artists who perform nationally and internationally. In addition to performing, the members are dedicated teachers who serve on the faculties of UCLA, Vanguard University, La Sierra University, and California State University at Fullerton, where they teach private lessons, coach chamber music, and mentor the next generation of emerging musical artists.