Posting Date: September 25, 2009
Sam Skelton, saxophone, gives diverse performance in recitalBy Jarmea L. Boone
Sam Skelton, director of jazz studies at Kennesaw State University, will perform a recital on Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
The evening will feature works by Paul Creston, Charles Koechlin, Maurice Whitney, John Harbison and local composer Eric Alexander. Accompanying Skelton will be Judy Cole, piano, Jeanne Carere-Skelton, flute, and Eric Alexander, trombone.
Skelton looks forward to the performance. “I am particularly excited about ‘Collage’ by Alexander. It explores a variety of themes and styles, including snippets of Led Zeppelin, the blues and cartoon music. The piece by Creston is a staple of the classical saxophone literature and is a blast to play. ‘San Antonio’ by Harbison is a newer composition that was commissioned by a group of saxophonists from around the globe. I am proud to say that I am one of them. Whitney’s ‘Introduction and Samba’ is just fun to play and explores the full range of the instrument.”
Skelton promises that the audience will be in for a treat. “Where else can you come and hear a trio of saxophone, flute and piano and a trio of saxophone, trombone and piano in the same evening for the low price of free? I am blessed and honored to be sharing the stage with truly world-class musicians and great people. I am also thrilled to be able to play in a recital setting with my wife, Jeanne.”