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Thu, Sep 23


Merrimans' Playhouse

Our Chamber Arts Series presents: Aero Quartet

Aero Quartet is committed to promoting new and traditional repertoire for saxophone quartet. Most recently, the ensemble has collaborated with world-renowned American composer Jennifer Higdon on a new work for saxophone quartet to be recorded and released in Fall of 2021.

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Our Chamber Arts Series presents: Aero Quartet
Our Chamber Arts Series presents: Aero Quartet

Time & Location

Sep 23, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:40 PM

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $20 General/$10 Student.

(one set)

Join us for our first concert of our Chamber Arts Series concert, presenting the Gold Medal winner in the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Aero Quartet!

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Philanthropic Services provided by grants from the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust, The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative, and the Arts Project Support Grant and Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.

Praised by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Grammy award winning composer Augusta Read Thomas for their “nuanced, colorful, artfully sculpted” performances, the Aero Quartet is committed to promoting new and traditional repertoire for saxophone quartet. Most recently, the ensemble has collaborated with world-renowned American composer Jennifer Higdon on a new work for saxophone quartet to be recorded and released in Fall of 2021. Aero received a Gold Medal in the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and has been awarded first prizes in the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, the 2021 New Orleans Chamber Music Competition, and the 2021 Briggs Chamber Music Competition. Members of Aero are based in Ann Arbor, MI and perform regularly throughout the Midwest region.

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Salvador Flores

Salvador Flores is an up-and-coming saxophonist and performing artist from Houston, Texas. He is currently pursuing a B.M. in Saxophone Performance at the University of Michigan under the direction of Dr. Timothy McAllister.   Some of his most notable achievements include being named the 1st Prize Winner of the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition, a 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artist, winner of the 2020 University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance Concerto Competition, semifinalist in the prestigious 2019 Adolphe Sax International Competition, the 1st Prize Winner of the 2019 Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition, and being selected as a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. An emerging soloist, Salvador has performed with various ensembles throughout his career including the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Interlochen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Camerata, and the Galena Park High School Wind Ensemble.    A multi-disciplined saxophonist, Salvador also performs in the Regional Mexican style. During the summer of 2019, he toured with La Firmeza Norteña playing several packed/sold-out concerts across the United States in cities such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and Chicago. He has also produced and recorded an album with the group, who currently exceeds 3 Million streams on media platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.

Walt Puyear

Walt Puyear is currently working towards a Master of Music in saxophone performance at the University of Michigan. As a soloist, Walt won UMKC’s Chancellor’s Concerto Competition, and has competed internationally in the 7th Adolphe Sax Competition, and the 5th International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition. As a chamber musician, Walt has placed second and third in the North American Saxophone Alliance national quartet competition, competed in the 2018 Fischoff Competition, and advanced to the national round of the MTNA chamber music competition. Prior to studying at the University of Michigan, Walt graduated Summa Cum Laude from at the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory with bachelor degrees in saxophone performance and music theory.

Matthew Koester

Celebrated for his "commitment to stellar sound and control" by Quebec's La Tribune and "gorgeous sonority" by the South Florida Classical Review, saxophonist Matthew Koester enjoys a vibrant career as an educator, chamber musician, and soloist across North America. His recent engagements include performances with the New World Symphony, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony, and the premiere of an opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom. He recently joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Mead Witter School of Music faculty, where he teaches applied classical saxophone and chamber music.

Matthew values close collaboration with friends and colleagues and regularly premieres commissioned works on recitals in the US and Canada. He earned prizes at the Prix Orford Musique in Montréal, the MTNA National Young Artist Competition, and appears on the Naxos label's American Classics series with conductor James Judd. In addition to his role at the Mead Witter School of Music, Matthew is a teaching artist at the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski's annual Symposium de Saxophone and a frequent masterclass clinician at universities across the US.

A native of Albuquerque, NM, he is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan. His primary teachers include Timothy McAllister, Eric Lau, Glenn Kostur, and Andrew Bishop.

Brian Kachur

Brian Kachur is an active performing artist from New Jersey. He is currently studying Saxophone Performance with Dr. Timothy McAllister at the University of Michigan. Brian has performed with multiple ensembles at U-M, including the Symphony Band, Jazz Lab Ensemble and most recently with the U-M Symphony Orchestra as the soloist on Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.   Brian was a Semi-Finalist in the 2020 NASA Collegiate Solo Competition, was named Alternate Winner for the 2017 Michigan MTNA Senior Competition, and earned Second Prize in the 2017 NJ Wind Symphony Youth Soloist Competition. Brian has performed at various festivals, notably the Arosa Music Academy in Switzerland. He has participated in masterclasses with multiple artists such as Stephen Page, Lars Mlekusch and Christian Wirth.   As a member of the Invictus Duo, Brian focuses on commissioning new works for saxophone duo by emerging composers. Invictus recently organized a consortium for a new composition by Jeremy Howell, which premiered at the 2020 NASA Conference. They are currently commissioning Karalyn Schubring for a new work to premiere on a commercial recording release in 2021. While away from U-M, Brian gives guest performances at public schools near his hometown, and teaches private lessons to saxophonists in NJ.


  • General

    $20 Advanced or Door

  • Student

    $10 Student/Discount




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