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Dover museum hosts 'Sax Tracks!' Nov. 5

MidDel Sax Quartet performs at Johnson Victrola Museum
Oct 28, 2011
Source: Submitted Adolphe Sax is credited with inventing what became known as the saxophone.

According to jazz great Stan Getz, “If you like an instrument that sings, play the saxophone.”

The Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St. in Dover, will celebrate this mellifluous instrument in the program “Sax Tracks!” that will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5.

Presented in association with Saxophone Day, the Nov. 6 birthday of the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, the museum’s Nov. 5 program will include performances by the MidDel Sax Quartet at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and recordings of early saxophone greats played on authentic Victor Talking Machines.

“Sax Tracks!” is presented in conjunction with First Saturday in the First State, a monthly series of events sponsored by the First State Heritage Park at Dover. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, call the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries at 302-744-5055.

Antoine-Joseph Sax, who later took the name Adolphe, was born Nov. 6, 1814, in Dinant, Belgium. His father Charles Sax was a musical-instrument maker, and Antoine-Joseph followed in the family vocation. In 1841, the younger Sax relocated to Paris where he built a reputation as a maker of valved bugles. Although he had not invented the instrument, his versions were of such high quality that the instrument became known as a saxhorn.

The saxhorn was the most common brass instrument in American Civil War bands and served as a precursor of the modern-day flugelhorn and euphonium. In 1846, Sax patented the instrument for which he is now best known, the saxophone. He continued as a musical-instrument maker into his later years and died in Paris in 1894.

The MidDel Sax Quartet is composed of members of the Milford Community Band, including Arnold Leftwich on soprano saxophone, Bill Newnom on alto saxophone, Adam Davis on tenor saxophone and Andrew Pogan on baritone saxophone. The group’s performances will include a wide variety of musical selections including the "Diamond State Rag," an original composition by Delaware saxophonist Bruce Evans that incorporates the Delaware state song.


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