Ashu - Quotes

Youthful Saxophonist Enchants RSO Audience

By Vonnie Goss
Guest Reviewer

Guest artist Ashu, next appeared on the concert saxophone. Only 25 years of age, he has won numerous prestigious awards and competitions, and is a brilliant musician. His control over the instrument, his intensity, the breathtaking fingering of the keys, his clear ability to “feel” the composer’s emotional intent, all kept the full attention of the audience. He holds both a Bachelor and Master's degree in saxophone performance, and has appeared with numerous symphony orchestras throughout the world, receiving outstanding reviews.

His first selection was the "Concertino Da Camera" by Jacques Ibert. The work has three movements, the first being "Allegro con moto" which is lively and energetic. The second and third movements, "Larghetto" and "Animato molto," were combined. Ashu was one with his instrument and played it easily, in a fully relaxed manner, despite the obvious challenges of the composition

Before beginning the next selection, Ashu stood silently until all sound in the auditorium had subsided. Then he began the strains of the beautiful "Rhapsodie" by Claude Debussy. The young artist then took the microphone to express his appreciation to Maestro Farrer, and members of the orchestra, who had clearly impressed him. He indicated that he found Roswell fascinating, with its UFO themes, and its Main Street attractions. His delightful personality captivated the audience.

Ashu introduced the next selection, saying that it "meant a lot to me," since he was responsible for the orchestral arrangement. The orchestra and Ashu then presented “Fantasy on an Original Theme,” composed by Jules Demersseman. Contrasts were evident in the work, which lent strength to the genius of the artist. He brilliantly controlled the instrument throughout the weaving of many intricate passages. At the conclusions of the work, the audience was quick to rise in a standing ovation.