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Instrument of Intrigue: The Origins of the Saxophone  

Assassination attempts, lawsuits, and sabotages are typical elements one might find in a great opera, rather than part of real life. Yet for Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), these were very real occurrences throughout his career as a musician and inventor. Among his inventions, the most famous is easily the saxophone, patented in 1846, and long known for its iconic associations with Jazz. However, the instrument had a very different sound and style during the early part of its history, as prescribed by Mr. Sax. Through a survey of early works and leading proponents of the saxophone, we will quickly begin to see and hear a different side to the instrument not commonly known. In addition, there will be live performances on historical instruments, much like the ones that came from Sax’s shop in Paris during the 19th century.


Classes will not be in session:

Wednesday, September 19 (Yom Kippur)

Monday, October 8 (Columbus Day)

Thursday, October 11 (no evening classes at BHS, Tappan Gym & UAB)

Monday, November 12 (Veteran's Day)

Wednesday, November 21 (daytime classes will meet as scheduled, no evening classes)

Thursday-Saturday, November 22-24 (Thanksgiving break)

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