19 February 2011

Duo Montagnard Concert February 23 7:30

Matthew Slotkin, guitar Joseph Murphy, saxophones

Sonatine . . . . . . . George Daravelis (b 1964)
Bounce . . . . . . . David Kechley (b 1947)
Untitled . . . . . . . Shane Endsley (b. 1975)
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control . . . . . . . John Orfe (b. 1976)
Tableaux Vivants . . . . . . . James Crowley (b. 1963)
Allegro piacevole
Allegro marcato
Recitativo senza misura
Messengers . . . . . . . John Anthony Lennon (b. 1950)

Duo Montagnard was formed in 2002 and has performed over 130 concerts in 25 states, Canada, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Greece, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia. Festival performances include the Chautauqua Institution, the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, and the Alexandria Guitar Festival. Recent commissions include pieces by John Anthony Lennon, George Daravelis, John Orfe and Charles Stolte.

Joseph Murphy has been the saxophone professor at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania since 1987. He has also been director of bands, department chair, and taught a variety of courses. He received the bachelor of music education from Bowling Green State University (OH), and the masters and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University. Dr. Murphy was the music director of Tiffin (OH) Calvert High School from 1983-85. In 1985‑86 he received a Fulbright Award for a year of study in Bordeaux, France where he received a Premier Prix. In June 1996 Dr. Murphy performed a solo recital at Lincoln Center. He has performed in 13 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Greece, and several countries in western Europe. He is a clinician for the Selmer Corporation and Rico Corporation and has been recorded on Erol (France), Mark, and Opus One labels. Dr. Murphy’s memberships include Music Educators National Conference, Music Teachers National Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi. His award winning website is www.saxophone-education.comhttp://www.saxophone-education.com>

Matthew Slotkin is an acclaimed performer, teacher, and scholar, and has appeared in leading venues throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has achieved success in solo performance, chamber music, and as a soloist with orchestra. A commitment to the promulgation of new compositions has resulted in numerous premieres of works by composers including John Anthony Lennon, Scott Lindroth, John Orfe, and many others. Recent performances include tours of New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Greece, as well as concerts at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, the Guitar Foundation of America, the Chautauqua Institution, and the World Saxophone Congresses in both Thailand and Slovenia. He has given performances with many prominent chamber ensembles including the Metropolis Ensemble, the Mallarm√© Chamber Players, Duo Montagnard (with Joseph Murphy, saxophone), and Dez Cordas (with Craig Butterfield, double bass). American Record Guide praised Slotkin on his Centaur Records release, Twentieth Century Music for Guitar, for his “musical sensitivity and technical control,” and for giving “strong readings of this appealing music.” Soundboard magazine called him an “exceptional” player, and a recent concert review from the Classical Voice of North Carolina stated that “Slotkin performed brilliantly.” Centaur Records released his new recording with double bassist Craig Butterfield, “Dances, Songs, Inventions,” in February 2010, which was called “wonderful” by WRUV radio (Burlington, VT). Slotkin directs the guitar programs at Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA and Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He has given masterclasses at numerous institutions and festivals including the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Melbourne, the Alexandria Guitar Festival, and many others. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied guitar with Nicholas Goluses and historical performance practice with Paul O’Dette.

Tickets for this performance are $15 general admission, and free for all
students. Tickets or season passes may be purchased by calling
or at the Music Box Office one hour prior to the performance. For more
information, please visit Southern Oregon University’s Music Department
website at http://www.sou.edu/music

17 February 2011

SSO Friday

Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra Tackles New Music by Oregon Composers.

(Ashland, Ore.) –The Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Rhett Bender, will perform music by composers of Oregon on Friday, February 18th at 7:30 PM at the SOU Music Recital Hall. Audience members are invited to a cake reception following the concert.

The concert will feature music by the Southern Oregon composers Barry Ulrich, Ken Deveney, L’lana Cotton, and Keith Smelcer. The artists are part of the National Association of Composers USA. The concert will conclude with a new arrangement of a Rossini march by SOU Associate Dean Dr. Vicki T. Purslow.

The Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra (SSO) is a collaboration of students, faculty, and staff at Southern Oregon University. Under the direction of Rhett Bender, Professor of Music at SOU, the SSO arranges, composes and commissions music of all styles and musical periods. In April student members of the SSO will travel to China to perform with students at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

Tickets for this performance are only $5 for general admission and free for students. Tickets and season passes may be purchased by calling 541-552-6101 or at the Music Box Office prior to the performance. For more information, please visit Southern Oregon University’s Department website at www.sou.edu/music.

SSO Concert on Friday