But the saxophone, interestingly, mimics the qualities one might find in a lyric soprano or lyric tenor voice, Grzadzinski said. In fact, saxophones are defined in the same way as voices for a choir: a soprano sax, an alto sax, a tenor sax a bass sax, each with its own set of ranges, he added.
Presenting a concert of sacred music to the Joliet community is the cathedral's gift as the Easter season closes, Grzadzinski said, even comparing the saxophone to the Holy Spirit's appearance as a "blowing wind," according to the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible.
Moreover, presenting "Of Pipes and Reeds: An Afternoon of Music for Organ and Saxophone" has something in common with the church's mission of bringing Jesus Christ to all.
"I think when people questions aesthetics, we need to also be really careful how we do that," Grzadzinski said. "One person's taste is not another's. But only when you open your hearts to the experience of the music, can you begin to let the music live."
Grzadzinski said he's thankful for the many people who "love and support" the various concerts of the cathedral's music series, which he calls "a gift" from the performers to the community.
"It's all about the people," Grzadzinski said."Without the people, the musicians are simply people with instruments in their hands. Without them, we can't make the music happen."