The woodwind sales and repair shop Saxquest is presenting two free master classes this week for St. Louis area reed players.
* Baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian (pictured) will give a clinic and perform with a rhythm section of local musicians at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, April 19 at the Saxquest shop, 2114 Cherokee St. One of the busiest bari players on the NYC scene, Sevian has been a member of the Mingus Big Band since 2003, works with numerous other groups in and around the city, and also leads two quartets of her own.
* Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Diana Haskell will present a masterclass and performance at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Haskell, who's the SLSO's Associate Principal of clarinet and E-flat clarinet, will play solo and in duets with Saxquest's clarinet specialist Audrey Denny.
Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 314-664-1234 or visit the Saxquest website.