Concord University Performing Artist Series Fall Season Kicks Off With The Prism Saxophone Quartet

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 12 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s Performing Artist Series is kicking off the fall season with a performance of the Prism Saxophone Quartet on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center’s Main Theater. The Fine Arts Center is located on Concord’s Athens campus at 1000 Vermillion Street.

Founded in 1984, Prism combines the saxophone’s rich history in the jazz realm with popular and classical music. According to The New Yorker, “The Prism Saxophone Quartet . . . has been steadily chipping away at the stereotypes.” The quartet has performed on popular television shows such as Entertainment Tonight and been supported by some of the nation’s leading philanthropic groups including the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Four accomplished musicians combine their talents to form Prism. Timothy McAllister, a professor at the Crane School of Music, plays the soprano saxophone. Zachary Shemon maintains a private studio in the Michigan area and plays the alto saxophone. Matthew Levy plays the tenor saxophone, holds three degrees from the University of Michigan, and has scored four motion pictures. Taimur Sullivan plays the baritone saxophone and has performed at venues such as the Manhattan School of Music, Columbia University, and New York University. Together, the Prism Quartet has played legendary venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as initiated their own concert series in both Philadelphia and New York City.

Cost of admission to the Prism Performing Artist Series event is $5. Tickets for faculty, staff, and students of Concord University as well as students of other schools have been paid for by student fees and the state of West Virginia. Tickets may be reserved through the Fine Arts Box Office by visiting the website at, calling (304) 384-5101, or emailing The Box Office will open for ticket sales one hour prior to the concert on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m.


Lyvetta Eastman, a student in Concord University’s Public Relations Workshop, wrote this press release. She is from Monrovia, Liberia.