By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- One of the Space Coast's newest musical combos will host its first concert this November.
The Adagio Sax Quartet, an ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band, will perform on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Suntree United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. While there are no tickets required for next weekend's show, a $10 donation is suggested and will be collected at the door.
"The Adagio Sax Quartet played at the pre-show at the Swingtime Concert on Oct. 9 and 10, but the concert at Suntree United Methodist Church is the first independent concert," said Dave Hutson, founder of the ensemble. "We hope to have more independent concerts in the future."
Exploring the full range of the saxophone, the Adagio Sax Quartet's repertoire includes music from the Great American Songbook as well as blues, Dixieland, rags and classical.
"Most of us have heard the sax in jazz, swing and rock bands," Mr. Hutson said. "Our quartet plays jazzy and swing pieces, but the sax is equally capable of rendering classical pieces with elegance. For instance, our arrangement of Bach's 'Air' from his 'Orchestral Suite No. 3' is taken from a string quartet arrangement, and it's quite lovely."
In addition to Mr. Hutson, who also serves as president of the MMB's Board of Trustees, the Adagio Sax Quartet includes Andrew Cleaver, Dave Melchor, John Babb, and local jazz drummer Johnie Rojas.
While the playlist for next weekend's performance has not been finalized, Mr. Hutson said that the Adagio Sax Quartet will play a jazzed-up version of "Ain't Misbehavin'" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust."
During the performance break, members of the quartet will be available to discuss saxophones and music, in general, with members of the audience.
"People should come to next weekend's performance because the music is so enjoyable," Mr. Hutson said. "In an intimate setting, such as the church sanctuary, the harmonies and tonal colors of the music come alive. We are also big advocates of music in schools and ask that parents bring their kids to this concert, so that the kids can experience this music."
The Adagio Sax Quartet will perform on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Suntree United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. A $10 donation in suggested and will be collected at the door. School-aged audience members will be admitted free.
No tickets are required.
Suntree United Methodist Church is located at 7400 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
The Adagio Sax Quartet's events are sponsored in part by the state of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
For more information, call (321) 742-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org.