Saxophonist to perform on Saturday

Published 11:00 am Monday, November 17, 2008

Saxaphonist Ashu will perform at the Ohio Universtity Southern’s Riffe Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and full-time students.

Concert saxophonist Ashu, age 26, has continually defied conventions winning major international and national competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists. He made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York and, at age 16, made his concert debut at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

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Since then, concert and recital performances have taken him throughout the United States and Europe.

With a style that captivates audiences, and a repertoire ranging from original works by Ibert, Debussy, and Villa-Lobos to his own arrangements of Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff, and Morricone, Ashu has shown that the concert saxophone can reach beyond stylistic categorization and to a large diversity of people. His playing has been described by National Public Radio aas “riveting, brilliant and has pizzazz to burn.” and “…just as much fun to watch him as it is to listen to him.” (Dallas Morning News).

Born and raised in California, Ashu has won first prizes at competitions including the International Heida Hermanns, International Kingsville Wind Instrumentalist, National Federation of Music Clubs, National Midland-Odessa, National Lennox, National George S. Howard, and Houston Symphony Concerto Competitions. Ashu graduated from Northwestern University and is currently based in Chicago. For more information, please visit his website at

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