Friends of Music
A young concert saxophonist who goes by his first name only— Ashu—made his Washington, D.C., recital debut in the Music Room on February 9 and 10. It was also the first time ever that a saxophone soloist has been presented in our concert series. For the performances, Ashu partnered with brilliant pianist Kuang-Hao Huang. The inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax, would have turned 100 in 2014, and this was a concert that would have made him proud.
Ashu is also a gifted arranger and included his own adaptation of a movement from a cello sonata by Sergei Rachmaninoff, along with three tangos by Astor Piazzolla. The other works on the program were written expressly for the saxophone by composers such as Claude Debussy, Jacques Ibert, and Jules Demersseman.
Read a review of the performances in the Washington Post.