Michael Hernandez, saxophone
Diane Hunger, saxophone
festeggiamento no 2 per due saxofoni, Miklos Maros
Ulterior Motives, Andrew Cote
Fantasy for Soprano and Tenor Saxophones*, Stephen Dankner
Michael Hernandez and Diane Hunger frequently perform together in the United States and Europe. Both members of the Mana Quartet (founded in 2007), they have premiered dozens of dedicated twenty-first century works and widely performed under-represented masterpieces of the twentieth century. Using vintage instruments built to the specifications of the saxophone’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, Mana’s impassioned performances offer a vivid reimagining of the saxophone’s nineteenth-century heritage – a refined aesthetic characterized by intrinsic warmth, dynamic range of character, and absolute versatility. Hernandez teaches saxophone at San José State University, while Hunger teaches at Syracuse University and the State University of New York at Fredonia. They have given numerous masterclasses and hold the Mana Saxophone Institute together during the summer. Hernandez and Hunger are D'Addario performing artists and perform on Reserve Classic reeds exclusively.
* denotes World Premiere.