A sumptuous sampling of tasty musical treats, fancied for their universal appeal…delightful…. decadent…. and delicious…. will be on the menu for the ISO’s Family Friendly Festivities; featuring the sparkling skills of saxophone virtuoso, Matthew Younglove.
From familiar music from the cinema, to colourful classics and new “bonbons”, these fun, light-hearted concerts will appeal to the young and the young- at- heart! Under the baton of Music Director, Douglas A. Bianchi, these engaging performances will be taking place on Friday, February 24th, 7:30 p.m., Imperial Theatre, Sarnia, and Saturday, February 25th, 7:30 p.m., in the Port Huron Northern High School Theatre, Port Huron.
Repertoire has been purposely chosen to provide a quality family experience, yet remain attractive to the more sophisticated concert audience. Selections will include: memorably nostalgic Music from ET by the great film composer, John Williams; España, the exotic and sensual description of 19th-century Spain by French composer, Emmanuel Chabrier; Jacques Offenbach’s irreverent and (in its time) risqué, Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, which contains the universally recognized “Can-Can” theme; Manuel de Falla’s Three-cornered hat, Suite No.2, a collection of short Spanish dances, brilliantly bursting with lively folk tunes and rhythms; and a luscious new work, Symphonic Chocolates by Québec composer, Maxime Goulet. In this sensory-filled treat, Goulet has, through his music, evoked the essence of four flavours which one might typically find in a box of chocolates; caramel chocolate; dark chocolate; chocolate mint; and coffee-infused chocolate. “Symphonic Chocolates is pure happiness.” Patrick Masbourian, Radio-Canada.
Featured guest artist, saxophonist Matthew Younglove, will perform two short works with orchestra : the Glazunov Concerto for Saxophone: a very melodious, somewhat rhapsodic piece, portraying a jaunty youthfulness (even though it was written when Glazunov was 80); and Milhaud’s Scaramouche (little skirmisher - a stock clown character of the Italian commedia dell'arte): a bright, energetic, modern work, brimming with Brazilian rhythms, which has become a popular concert piece for soloists and audiences alike.
A South Carolina native, Matthew Younglove has performed concerts and recitals across the United States, France, and the UK. He is a Presser Scholar, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance. Younglove did his graduate studies at Northwestern University, earning a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance, and recently, completed all requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, OH.
As an expert interpreter of contemporary music, Younglove has commissioned and/or premièred works by some twenty modern-day composers. As a soloist, he has performed with the Bowling Green State University Wind Symphony, the Wayne State University Wind Symphony, the Minot Symphony Orchestra, the Florence Symphony Orchestra (SC), and the Motor City Symphony Orchestra. A member of the award-winning Assembly Quartet, Matthew frequently tours the US and abroad with the ensemble, performing concerts and engaging in educational outreach performances. As a Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician, Younglove exclusively plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones.
He currently serves on the faculty of Wayne State University in Detroit, MI., and has previously served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
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