Friday, September 11, 2009

Legendary saxophonist Londeix to perform at Stetson University

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DeLand -- The public is invited to hear legendary French saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix and American saxophonist William H. Street, accompanied by Canadian pianist Roger Admiral, at a Stetson University guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in Lee Chapel of Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd. Admission is $8 general public; $5 senior citizens and area students.

Londeix, of the Bordeaux Conservatory of Music, is one of a handful of saxophonists who qualify as the greatest artist/teachers of classical saxophone in the 20th century, said Stetson Adjunct Professor Jim Bishop, who arranged Londeix and Street’s return visit to campus. “This is the last time he’ll (Londeix) be here,” Bishop said. “This is his last North American visit, so it’s rather special.”

The program includes the world premier of composer Andriy Talpash’s Zut! for saxophone and piano , Marilyn Shrude’s Lacrimosa for alto saxophone and piano, and Charles Stolte’s True Confessions for alto saxophone.

Londeix is respected as much for his teaching as for his musical genius, and has had a double career as concert artist and teacher. “He’s one of the seminal thinkers as to the nature of contemporary music and the saxophone’s place in that repertoire,” Bishop said. One of Londeix’s gifts is the ability to convey to students how to use the saxophone as a vessel for communications of musical ideas; a vehicle for moving music through the mind of the performer to the mind of the listener, he said.

The Washington Post has described Londeix as “the most revered of French saxophonists, (who) made the Bordeaux Conservatory the world’s leading center of saxophone studies.” In addition to teaching and performing around the world, Londeix has recorded numerous albums and CDs, lectured widely, organized a number of international saxophone festivals, and written books and other scholarly works.

Street studied saxophone with Londeix and is respected as one of North America’s finest instrumentalists. He has degrees from Northwestern University, the Bordeaux Conservatory and the Catholic University of America. A frequent recitalist, conductor and soloist with orchestras and bands around the world, Street directs the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the University of Alberta in Canada, where he also teaches saxophone and chamber music and serves as associate dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Admiral performs and coaches contemporary music in the Edmonton, Canada, area and elsewhere. He is co-artistic director of Edmonton’s Plexoos Ensemble and is part of the Duo Kovalis with Montreal percussionist Philip Hornsey.

For additional information, contact the Stetson University School of Music, 386-822-8950.

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