PLATTSBURGH - Easy to listen to, but not easy listening. That is how Dan Gordon is describing an upcoming performance by the Frontier Saxophone Quartet.
The quartet will once again perform in Plattsburgh, this time at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh's Krinovitz Recital Hall this Sunday, March 28.
As usual, the ensemble is trying to mix up the sound of the quartet, said Gordon.
"For the most part they are classical ensembles," said Gordon, who is a music professor at the university as well as an active local musician.
The quartet is comprised of four musicians, most of who have something to do with music education in the area. The group is basically the saxophone section of the Adirondack Wind Ensemble, and consists of tenor, baritone, alto and a soprano saxophone.
"The three largest music programs, which are Plattsburgh High School Peru High School and Plattsburgh State, are led by saxophonists," said Gordon. "It only makes sense that we get together."
However, they do pride themselves with an "international flavor," as Gordon put it. There are two people who reside in Canada, and two U.S. residents.
"The story is that I put together this Frontier Saxophone Quartet to stay active and professionally engaged," Gordon said.
The quartet has been performing since 2003, when an old friend of Gordon's received a job offer at McGill University. The two had previously toured the streets of Europe together, playing saxophone in the streets of more than 10 different cities.
Gordon said that when his old friend came to the area, it was a "joyous musical reunion" for both of them, and it also sparked a musical relationship, which eventually led to the formation of the quartet.
The show will consist of five compositions, most of which are not too "cerebral" or "intellectually-difficult," as Gordon described it.
"It is not heavyweight music here," Gordon said, but he added that, in the past, they have played heavier music.
Those interested in learning more about the ensemble may contact Dan Gordon at 564-2243.
This Sunday's performance will begin at 2 p.m.
Michael O'Keefe is an intern with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.