Saxophonist is considered Italy’s best

October 28, 2013

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Performs Friday at West Shore Community College.

VICTORY TWP. — Marco Albonetti, one of Italy’s leading concert saxophonists, and who has been acclaimed for his brilliant performance of both traditional and contemporary music will be performing in a concert on Nov. 1, as a part of West Shore Community College’s Performing Arts Series. The concert will be held in the Center Stage Theater beginning at 7:30 p.m.

With a standing ovation at his solo debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Albonetti is engaged in performing and teaching around the world. He has appeared at a myriad of Italian theaters and at numerous international venues. His concert tours have taken place in France, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Cyprus, South Africa, Canada, China, Taiwan and the United States.

Albonetti will joined by a string quintet to perform a work written for him titled “Terra Madre,” a musical plea for world unity that celebrates both the diversity and shared influences of indigenous music from nine different countries. Ethnic music, folk songs, and ancient works dating back as far as the 13th century are joined together in this contemporary chamber music setting.

Albonetti regularly appears as soloist with leading orchestras in Europe and the USA and takes part in many important international music festivals. He has been awarded first prize at several international solo and chamber music competitions and has performed for radio and television.

Albonetti is a an innovator of instrumental technique and has commissioned and premiered major saxophone works, and performed at festivals such as the Ravenna Festival in Italy, Notti Malatestiane, Toledo Contemporary Music Festival, Bowling Green New Music Festival, KUBE-Chicago, Xi ‘An International Music Festival in China.

He is the artistic director of the Faenza SaxArt Festival, Italy, holds a tenured position as professor of saxophone at Conservatorio “Bonporti” in Trento, Italy, and was named external examiner for doctoral studies at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He is frequently invited to conduct master classes at universities and conservatories in Europe, China and the United States.

Albonetti holds diplomas from Conservatorio “G. Rossini” in Pesaro, Italy, and the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, as well as a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University as student of Dr. John Sampen. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree (summa cum laude, Dean’s Award of Excellence) is from Michigan State University, where he studied classical saxophone performance under James Forger and Joseph Lulloff and jazz saxophone performance with Andrew Speight and Brandford Marsalis.

Tickets for the concert may be reserved online or by calling the WSCC box office at 843-5507.

For additional information on this concert, or any of the upcoming 2013-14 WSCC Performing Arts Series events, call Plummer at 843-5928, or email him at [email protected]

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