The Square of Mr. Sax

The Square of Mr. Sax

Today we are going to march like a real marching band! Sounds like great fun, but what will it sound like when the band grows tired and no longer feels like marching the street? Or what if someone in the band receives a love letter, making the others jealous? In The Square of Mr. Sax, the marching band is performing in the little square where Mr. Sax lives. The quartet doesn’t know who he is until the door to his mysterious little house finally opens.

The Square of Mr. Sax, featuring the players of the brilliant Ebonit Quartet, is a compelling musical parade with lots of humour, directed by Jochem Stavenuiter.





The Ebonit Quartet is a sparkling young ensemble whose aim is to add some colour to the Dutch music landscape. The quartet was founded in 2011 and consists of four young musicians from Poland, the Netherlands and Germany. The four members met in Arno Bornkamp’s saxophone class at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and they were the first saxophone quartet ever to study at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy.

Marijke Schröer soprano saxophone
Dineke Nauta alto saxophone
Mateusz Pusiewicz tenor saxophon
Paulina Marta Kulesza baritone saxophon

Behind the scenes

Jochem Stavenuiter director
Marijn van der Jagt dramaturgy
Hester Jolink scenography
Johanna Trudzinski costumes
Tom Verheijen light design

The Music

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia, Overture
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Italian Concert, BWV 971, II. Andante
Guillermo Lago (1960) Ciudades, Addis Ababa
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Le tombeau de Couperin, IV. Rigaudon
György Ligeti (1923-2006) Six Bagatelles, I. Allegro con spirito & III. Allegro Grazioso
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Partita, BWV 1013, I. Allemande, voor fluit
Charles Mingus (1922-1979) Self-Portrait In Three Colors
Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) Desafinado
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) String Quartet No. 2 in a Minor, op. 13, III. Intermezzo

“The great strength of this performance is not just in the musical dialogue conducted among the musicians on stage, but especially in the intricate levels of communication with the children in the audience. With the cheerful parade of richly imagined and musical scenes in The String Quartet of Mr Sax, Oorkaan presents an accessible introduction to classical music.”

Aankomende concerten

Romeo en Julia
met Philzuid
13:00 uur,

Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven

Romeo en Julia
met Philzuid
10:15 uur,

Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven

met het Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest
15:00 uur,

Maaspodium, Rotterdam

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