Carnegie Hall

Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet was thrilled to have received an invitation from Carnegie Hall in New York City to perform during their 2012 Chamber Music Series. This was a special privilege and groundbreaking opportunity for an Edmonton based collective. We are proud to have represented our city in this performance. For over a century, Carnegie Hall has been the place where distinctive artists of all stripes have come to make their names in New York City. This tradition of excellence has made Carnegie Hall an essential part of the city’s cultural fabric and the world’s most famous concert hall.

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"Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet gave us a lot to obsess about during the concert—mainly how good they are. Sangster is an excellent saxophonist, and moreover, the group he assembled performed with both an infectious energy and a spicy rhythmical precision throughout the evening. The hall was jam-packed. At one point, Sangster told the audience that the concert was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. One certainly hopes not, and that they appear in Weill Hall (or Zankel Hall) at Carnegie–and certainly in New York—more often.

"The compositions crossed over from Jazz to Latin music to Classical, and each piece had its own appeal. There was a great deal of variety on the program: from Piazzolla to Cole Porter to excellent new material from Allan Gilliland and Sangster himself. Piazzolla’s “Oblivion”, “Melodia in A Minor”, “Preludio 9” and “Fuga 9” are in a class by themselves. These are also virtuosic pieces, and the intricacies of the off beats were handled with confidence and finesse.

"A string quartet comprised of violinists Joanna Ciapka-Sangster and Neda Yamach, violist Rhonda Henshaw, and cellist Ronda Metszies swayed together with a unity of coordination and passion. Bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Jamie Cooper were rock-solid, and pianist Chris Andrew has plenty of chops, but he also displayed a good deal of sensitivity.

"Sangster performed with both warmth of expression and a suave detachment when needed. He played each of his saxophones with its own unique expressive voice and showed a very impressive technique to boot. A prominent member of Canada’s jazz scene for almost twenty years, Sangster and the group are based in Edmonton. He has released five original jazz albums; his CD “Melodia”, the second recording by the octet, was nominated for a 2010 Western Canadian Music Award for Best Jazz Recording.

"Sangster is a full-time faculty member at Grant MacEwan University and the Executive Director and Producer of the Edmonton International Jazz Festival. There are plans for an Obsessions Octet tour to Europe; international—as well as national—exposure is what this group deserves to have."

Anthony Aibel for New York Concert Review; New York, NY  -


Thank you so much for appearing on our series. Your concert was a fantastic variation and augmentation of our concert series. Our subscribers loved it, and so did we.

In addition, Carnegie Hall congratulated us on having such a successful start to our 2012-2013 season.

It was a pleasure to work with you, and I hope it is only the first of many appearances you will have with us in the future.
All the best

~ Molly Waymire, Director of Audience Development, Chamber Music Coordinator, MidAmerica Productions


Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet wishes to acknowledge and offer our sincere thanks to the following individuals,
corporations and agencies who have generously contributed to make this dream a reality

Alberta Foundation for the Arts
City of Edmonton
Grant MacEwan University
Steven & Day Le Poole
Jack & Joanne Watt
Reinhard & Elisabeth Muhlenfeld

Catherine Andrew
Owen & Linda De Bathe
Marion & John Boyd
Barth BradleyMarion Brooker
Marianne Brown ( The Butler Did It)
Nora Bumanis
Continental Stress Relieving Services
Anne Cooper
Walter & Elizabeth Dobrovolsky
Jim & Shirley Funk (Jiffy LUBE)
Frank & Jean Greenough
David & Brenda Gummer
Bruce Hagstrom & Susan Willie
Catherine Heslep
(In memory of Rick Garn)
Brad & Laurel Hinz
Travis Huckell
Beverly Hunter
Fred Katz
Glen & Brenda Kemp
Shirley & William Lakey
Robert & Bev McNally
Brenda Lee Middagh
John Oberg
Esther Ondrack
Ted Power( Trace Applications)
Chris & Dianne Robinson
Jeffery Mark Robinson
Robert J.Roy
Nan Schuurmans
Eric & Melanie Semlacher
Irena & Jack Slatnik
Grazyna Sobieraj & Piotr Sobera
Curtis Sparrow
Rose Stepanko
Merna Summers
Kaz & Irena Walewski
Andrew & Nancy Whistance–Smith
(In memory of Catherine Greeve)
Richard & Vivian Wong
Donald & Judith Plumb
Martina Smazal

Additional thanks to :

Willie Kelly from Paull Travel
Edmonton Symphony Society
Roger Levesque
Nancy Whistance - Smith
Marian Brant
Bogdan Konikowski
Daniel Aire
Jennifer Strohschein
Paula Bosse