Saxophone and Piano Duo to Perform at ENC

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The German saxophone virtuoso Phillip Staedulin will present a duo concert with pianist/composer John McDonald at 7:30 pm on Friday, Jan. 30, at Eastern Nazarene College 23 E. Elm Ave., Quincy, MA. The concert, a part of the school’s Musica Eclectica Concert Series, will be held in the Edith F. Cove Fine Arts Center on the ENC campus. General Admission is $5. Students of all ages are free. More information may be found by calling 617-745-3715.

Mr. Staeudlin performs the role of Schubert's muse Johann Michael Vogl in a wordless rendition of Schubert's monumental song cycle "Winterreise." Composer and pianist John McDonald offers his award- winning work "Staeudlin As Vogl: Preamble To A Winter Journey" to set the stage for this unusual collaborative performance. Join Staeudlin and McDonald to experience the resiliency of Schubert's masterwork in this uniquely poignant evening of vocal music played through the saxophone.

Saxophonist Philipp A Stäudlin, a native of Friedrichshafen, Germany has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles throughout Germany and Switzerland, including the Basel Symphony, the Niederrheinische Symphoniker, and the Bielefeld Orchestra. He has performed recitals as a chamber musician in Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Austria, Sweden, France, Italy, and the USA, as well as performing at major music festivals in Schlesswig-Holstein, and at Gidon Kremer's Lockenhaus Festival.  As a member of the New Art Saxophone Quartet he has received First Prize in the Chamber Music Competition of the German Music Foundation and the Artist in Residence newcomer's award with German Radio, in which Jessye Norman received the main award.  Mr. Stäudlin teaches as the applied faculty at Tufts University and is the soprano saxophonist of the Radnofsky Quartet. Current CD releases with the New Art Saxophone Quartet on the "ars musici" and "enja" label

Called a "fresh, inventive, urbane, and keen-witted young composer" and "a splendid pianist" "with a born pianist's command of colors, textures, dynamics" by the Boston Globe, John McDonald has earned international acclaim as a musician. His compositions have been performed on four continents, and his work is frequently featured in the U.S.A. by such ensembles as Alea III, Arden Quartet, Boston Composers String Quartet, DaVinci Quartet, Hartt Contemporary Players, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, Marimolin, Brave New Works, and by pianists Veronica Jochum and Andrew Rangell. In his performing capacity, recent honors include a Duo Recitalists' Grant from the NEA, an Artistic Ambassadorship to Asia, and an Artists' Residency at M.I.T. with soprano Karol Bennett, as well as invitations to perform his works at conferences in Amsterdam, Budapest, Havana, Montreal, Shanghai, and St. Petersburg. Dr. McDonald teaches at Tufts University.