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Josh Quinlan, Anna Marie Wytko, Preston Duncan and Greg Osby are U.S. saxophonists and special guests at SaxFest Costa Rica.

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U.S. saxophonists perform in Costa Rica

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Published on Thursday, February 29, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Josh Quinlan, Anna Marie Wytko, Preston Duncan and Greg Osby are U.S. saxophonists and special guests at SaxFest Costa Rica.

Josh Quinlan is a U.S.-born saxophonist, composer and educator who lives in Heredia Province. He is a professor of saxophone at the National University of Costa Rica. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado. As well, he is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (BM) and DePaul University (MMA).

Preston Duncan has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. He has performed internationally in such prestigious venues as the Salle Verdi in Milan, the American Embassy in Paris, The Royal Conservatory in Brussels, the National Conservatory in San José and Disneyland in Los Angeles among many other places. 

Saxophonist, composer, producer, educator and curator Greg Osby has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works by The New York Times as one of the "most provocative musical thinkers of his generation". After recording 4 projects for JMT/Polygram, Osby signed with Blue Note Records in 1990 and recorded fifteen albums for that label as a leader.

Anna Marie Wytko is a professor of saxophone at the Kansas State University School of Music, Theater, and Dance. A Yamaha Performing Artist-Clinician, she has performed and taught extensively on an international level including the Montevideo Symphonic Orchestra in Uruguay, the Latin American Saxophone Alliance World Congress, with the San José Symphonic Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall for the New York International Music Festival and throughout England and Scotland, among other countries.

According to the Ministry of Culture, the Costa Rica's fest will be directed by Alejandro Gutiérrez and features the National Symphony Orchestra. The event also includes performances by Costa Rican musicians, as well as from Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

The American musician's debut concert will take place today, Thursday, February 29, at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José.

The concert, which is free to the public, starts today at 7 p.m.

The program included professional saxophonists such as Ensamble band, Concert Band of the Municipality of San José, Maureen Ramírez and Sofía Zumbado (both Costa Rican artists), Javier Ocampo from Colombia, Miguel Villafruela from Chile, and Cora Saxophones group from Mexico.

The second concert will be held at the same theater on Friday at 8 p.m. The Colombian quartet CAOVVA and the Costa Rican band SONSAX will also perform at the show.

Tickets for this second event range from $5 to $10 and may be purchased through the theater's website or at the venue's box office.

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