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NASA 2018 Biennial Conference Presenter — Michael Hertel

Mark your calendars now to join us March 8-11, 2018 for the NASA 2018 Biennial Conference at University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.
James Bunte — Host
— Conference Program Committee Chair
— NASA Director of Marketing


Saxophone Player

Click here for the overall Conference Schedule. NOTE: The closing concert is on Sunday, March 13, at 3:00 PM in Hemmle Recital Hall. We hope you will make plans to be with us for this special performance.

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Name: Michael Hertel
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016 12:00 PM
Presentation Venue: Dean's Reception Hall
Presentation Title: Bel Cuore Quartet
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 16

Dr. Michael Hertel has performed throughout Central Texas with ensembles such as The San Antonio Symphony, The Austin Symphony, Bel Cuore Quartet, Zenith Quintet, The Austin Saxophone Ensemble, Wasabi Big Band, Monster Big Band, and The Nash Hernandez Orchestra. He has also performed in New York, Bangkok, Thailand, and throughout Europe. As part of the University of Texas Jazz Orchestra he premiered the completed version of Duke Ellington’s opera Queenie Pie. He has also commissioned works by Steven Snowden, Randall Snyder, Erik Steighner, Matthew Ricketts, and Christopher Stark. His playing can be heard on the recent Tex Sax recordings Next Generation and Over the Rainbow and Bach Again, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble’s Circus Maximus, and The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra’s Queenie Pie.

Dr. Hertel has taught saxophone at Texas A&M University and maintains an active private studio in the Austin area.
Ensemble Bio:

Lauded for their “high-energy” and “impressive” performances, the Bel Cuore Quartet have been sharing visceral and compelling chamber music with audiences since 2009. Twice nominated for “Best Classical Ensemble” by the Austin Critics’ Table, the quartet focuses on works by living composers to create engaging, visceral, and memorable experiences for audiences.

BCQ has performed concerts all over the world, including engagements at West Liberty University-where they were featured soloists on David Maslanka’s Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble, the SXSW music festival, the Sibelius Academy for Music, the Contagious Sounds series, Marfa Public Radio, KQUE Radio in Houston,, and the Fast Forward Festival for new music. BCQ has worked closely with leading composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Donald Grantham, Steven Snowden, Ian Dicke, Victor Marquez, David Biedenbender, and Robert Honstein.

BCQ recently recorded their debut album which is soon to be released.



Other Performers / Participants

Name Instrument Bio
Rami  El-Farrah Saxophone  Dr. Rami El-Farrah is a concert saxophonist best known for his work as a soloist and . . .
Sunil  Gadgil Saxophone  Dr. Sunil Gadgil has appeared as saxophone soloist with groups such as Conspirare, The Univers . . .
Spencer Nielsen Saxophone Dr. Spencer Nielsen has appeared with numerous Texas ensembles including the San Antonio Symphony an . . .
Michael Hertel Saxophone Dr. Michael Hertel has performed throughout Central Texas with ensembles such as The San Antonio Sym . . .

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Take This Hammer Steven Snowden 6
Short Stories Jennifer Higdon 8