Ann Nicole Nelson Hall will be the venue for two musical ensembles presenting concerts through Minot State University's Music Division this week.
On Friday at 7:30 p.m. the Assembly Saxophone Quartet will present the first of two concerts under the title "A Brief History of Music." The second concert is Sunday at 3 p.m. The group has also set a master class for Saturday at 1 p.m.
The group, consisting of Lauren Meccia, soprano; Robert Young, alto; Matt Younglove, tenor; and Adam Estes, baritone, are artists-in-residence at MSU this weekend. All three events are free and open to the public.
The earliest pieces they are performing are from the Bach canon, through the earliest works written specifically for the saxophone and into composers of the 21st century.
"We will have informal introductions to the pieces to articulate what's going on," said Estes, a professor at MSU. "The music will be highly recognizable, from the 'Toccata and Fugue in D Minor to Perry Goldstein's 'Motherless Child Variations,' a bluesy, jazzy composition from the early 21st century."
Then, on Tuesday, the Small Ensembles Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.