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Procession of the Nobles

Date and Time

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm


First Free Methodist Church
3200 Third Avenue W.
Seattle, WA 98119-1998


Four Cornish DancesMalcom Arnold
GloriosaYasuhide Ito
Mannin VeenHaydn Wood
RequiemDavid Maslanka
Procession of the NoblesNicholai Rimsky-Korsakov
Symphonic Dance No 3 "Fiesta"Clifton Williams
Tribute to Rudy WiedoeftGunther Schuller

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Danny Helseth, guest conductor

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Danny Helseth will conduct Symphonic Dance No 3 "Fiesta" by Clifton Williams.

When asked to describe Danny Helseth as a musician, composers Joseph T. Spaniola and Brett Miller use the words such as “high energy…intensity…emotion-filled.” Danny has never been known to go into anything half-way, but rather puts everything he has into what he does. This is very evident as he pursues his musical career on the euphonium, trombone, and in his present capacity as Director of Bands at Seattle Pacific University.

No stranger to the greater Northwest music world, Danny Helseth directs the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Seattle Pacific. He is recognized as an exciting and spirited euphonium soloist, and has been a featured artist throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, and China. A champion of new music who continually challenges common performance convention, Mr. Helseth has been instrumental in the commissioning of many new solo works for the euphonium, as well as in creating new ensemble opportunities. Mr. Helseth has continually pushed the boundaries of low brass chamber music, and is a founding member of the euphonium quartet Eufonix. Formed in 2009, they released their fourth CD in 2014, have been featured performers throughout the United States, and at several international conferences. Eufonix is the resident chamber group of Low Brass Boot Camp, an annual summer institute designed to further performance standards in the tuba and euphonium world.

A champion of music education as well, Mr. Helseth has presented master classes and clinics to students of all ages throughout the United States, Japan and China. He is a regular on the band-clinic circuit, offering bands of varying levels an enthusiastic approach to music that he hopes is contagious. Besides his position at Seattle Pacific University, Helseth is in his fourth year as instructor of tuba and euphonium at Eastern Washington University, and maintains an active private studio of private students from the greater Seattle area. He holds degrees from Central Washington University (BMus Ed, 1999), University of North Texas (MMus Performance, 2002), The Royal Northern College of Music (Post-Graduate Diploma in Performance, 2002), is a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts, Trombone Performance at the University of Washington, and was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom (2001-2002).

Adam Pelandini, alto saxophone

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Adam Pelandini will be the soloist for a Tribute to Rudy Wiedoeft by Gunther Schuller

Saxophonist, Dr. Adam Pelandini, is an active performer, clinician and music educator based in the Pacific Northwest. Formerly an active performer in Boston, MA, his recent engagements include performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra where he worked with conductors Andris Nelsons, Robert Spano and Stéphane Denève in Boston’s historic Symphony Hall and the Tanglewood Music Center’s Koussevitsky Music Shed. While performing with the BSO, his playing was described as “sensitive,” with “tonal richness” and “pinpoint tuning” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Other recent performances include the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MA), the Monadnock Festival (NH), the Portland Symphony Orchestra (ME) and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (MA) working with a multitude of conductors including Gil Rose, Gunther Schuller, David Loebel and Benjamin Zander. During the Summers of 2011 and 2012, he was invited to perform with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Lenox, MA where he worked with conductors Stephan Asbury and Miguel Harth-Bedoya performing staples of the orchestral saxophone repertoire and chamber music. He has also recently performed with the Alea III New Music Ensemble, Acoustic Uproar, The Stone in New York City and ChagallPAC with saxophonists Jean-Michel Goury, Pierre-Stephan Mouget and Serge Bertocchi.

As a soloist, Adam has performed in numerous recitals and masterclasses across the United States. He was a featured performer at the North American Saxophone Alliance regional conferences in Salem, MA (2012) and the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY (2010). In November, 2012 he was invited to give a recital and masterclass at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. A proponent of new music, Adam has collaborated with renowned composers including Gunther Schuller, Michael Gandolfi, Lei Liang, Matti Kovler, James Yannatos, Matthew Kaner and many others. He has also participated in several World Premier performances including most recently: Ketty Nez’s Thresholds for Piano and Wind Ensemble as principal alto saxophone with the Boston University Wind Ensemble.

As a teacher, Adam is a newly-appointed adjunct professor of applied saxophone at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. As a graduate student, he worked as a teaching assistant at Boston University during the 2012-2013 school year, and previously taught at Central Washington University as an undergraduate student. Adam holds degrees from the Boston University College of Fine Arts (DMA), the New England Conservatory of Music (MM) where he graduated with academic honors and was a recipient of the George Frederick Jewett Memorial Scholarship, and Central Washington University (BM). His principle teachers include Kenneth Radnofsky and Joseph Brooks, and has worked with legendary saxophonists Otis Murphy, Eugene Rousseau, Theodore Kerkezos and Claude Delangle of Paris, France in a variety of masterclasses and clinics.

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