Concert saxophone soloist to perform concert on Nov. 19
Ashu, who characterizes himself as the “first and only full-time concert saxophone soloist,” will perform here Sunday, Nov. 19, in a 2017-2018 season performance hosted by the Fredericksburg Music Club in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.
The 3 p.m. appearance featuring a performer whom the Washington Post describes as “just as much fun to watch as to listen to” will be the third of eight performances scheduled this season by the FMC.
Solo concerts have included performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival, Zurich’s Tonhalle, New York Central Park, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Cape Town City Hall, St. Petersburg’s Hermitage and Kravis Center.
He has recently been invited to play concertos with major orchestras in Vienna, New York City, Chicago, St. Petersburg, Lisbon, Cape Town, Montreal, Edmonton and Prague, among others.
Over the past two seasons, Ashu’s concerto appearances have included major halls throughout Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Finland, New Zealand, Singapore, France, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Poland, Austria, Portugal, Norway, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Canada, French West Indies and the United States.
Born and reared in San Francisco, Ashu began playing the saxophone at age 10 upon hearing a street musician. Growing up without a music player or any albums, Ashu’s first recording — a CD of Luciano Pavarotti — soon after inspired him to become a concert soloist.
Despite being told that a solo career wasn’t possible on the saxophone, he nonetheless began entering competitions and found himself receiving a wide range of opportunities, including his first recital at Carnegie Hall.
Ashu was recently selected as the winner of the “Audience Award” at the International Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, competing against the first prize winners of the world’s foremost violin, piano and voice competitions.
He has also been featured in interview and solo performance on NBC, CBS, NPR, CBC, WQXR, WFMT and numerous other live TV and radio broadcasts worldwide.
Ashu received bachelor and master of music performance degrees from Northwestern University. He is currently based in the Chicago area.
In addition to freewill offerings being accepted on Nov. 19 at the door of the FUMC sanctuary, the performance is also being made possible through donations from members of the Fredericksburg Music Club.
Membership cards for those wishing to join the Fredericksburg Music Club or to become FMC corporate sponsors will also be available.
For more information, visit http://fredericksburgmusicclub.com/.
The Fredericksburg United Methodist Church is located at 1800 North Llano Street.