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Performing on saxophone and guitar Duo Montagnard brings a varied program including original works by regional composers during the next live Simply Grand Concert to be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at 3 p.m. in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at the WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston, PA. Seating is free, but limited. To make reservations call 570-655-2808 or.
The program has a true Pennsylvania flavor. It includes Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser, a suite based on Appalachian folk tunes. Duo Montagnard also chose music by local and regional composers: Lisa Logrande, Hazelton, Girard Kratz originally from Wilkes-Barre, now in Philadelphia, Kirk O’Riordan, Easton, Dana Wilson, Ithaca NY, and Kevin Cope from Delaware. In addition these composers will be in attendance and will offer commentary on their work. This is a rare opportunity to better understand the creative process.
Duo Montagnard was formed in 2002 and has performed over 300 concerts in all fifty states, eight Canadian provinces, and twenty countries on six continents. Festival performances include the Chautauqua Institution, Scandinavian Saxophone Festival, and North-West University New Music Week (South Africa) The duo has commissioned, premiered and recorded more than twenty five works for guitar and saxophone.
Joseph Murphy has been the saxophone professor at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania since 1987, where he has also served as Department Chair and Director of Bands. He received the Bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University (OH), and the Masters and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from Northwestern University. He received a Fulbright Award for a year of study in Bordeaux, France, where he received a Premier Prix. He is a clinician for the Selmer Corporation. Murphy has been involved in commissioning and premiering more than fifty new works for the saxophone, including pieces by Libby Larsen, Michael Colgrass, John Harbison, Bernard Rands, and Gunther Schuller.
Matthew Slotkin is an acclaimed performer, teacher, and scholar, and has appeared in leading venues on six continents. A commitment to contemporary music has resulted in premieres of numerous works by composers including Linda Buckley, John Anthony Lennon, Scott Lindroth, and John Orfe. Festival performances include concerts at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Walled City Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution, the Guitar Foundation of America, and World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland, Thailand and Slovenia. He has performed on classical guitar society concert series in New Zealand (GANZ), Philadelphia, Cleveland, Iowa, Northeastern PA, and the Great Lakes. He has given performances with chamber ensembles including the Metropolis Ensemble, the Mallarmé Chamber Players, and Dez Cordas. Recordings on the Summit, Centaur, and Liscio labels have been praised as “wonderful…a very enjoyable disc” (Soundboard), and “a magnificent achievement…the concept of this program is brilliant” (American Record Guide). Soundboard magazine called him an “exceptional” player, and a concert review from the Classical Voice of North Carolina states that “Slotkin performed brilliantly.” Slotkin directs the guitar program at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, and has given masterclasses at institutions and festivals including Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, Victorian College of the Arts (Australia), ESMAE (Portugal), National University of La Plata (Argentina), and the Alexandria Guitar Festival. 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.