Sunday, 26 September
Evangelic church above the sea
Heringsdorf seaside resort
Happy Birthday, Young Concert Artists!
Steven Banks (Saxophone)
Xak Bjerken (Piano)
PAUL CRESTON: Sonata in E-flat major op. 19
FERNANDE DECRUCK: Sonata in C-sharp minor
JOHANNES BRAHMS: Sonata Nr. 1 in F minor op. 120
STEVEN BANKS: Come As You Are
Since 1995, thanks to the mediation of its first patron and honorary patron Kurt Masur, the Usedom Music Festival has been cooperating with the New York Young Concert Artists competition. The competition celebrates its sixtieth anniversary this year. The last year before Corona, 2019, Steven Banks was among the honorees in New York. In the history of Young Concert Artists, he was the first saxophonist ever to advance to the league of award winners. Lyrical sense, deep feeling, a warm shimmering tone, secure grip on dramatic shaping and perfect control of the instrument distinguish him. Within a short time he succeeded in building an international career. He now teaches at Ithaca College himself.