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WTAMU to Present Saxophone/Piano Duo in Guest Recital

Oct. 1, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU to Present Saxophone/Piano Duo in Guest Recital

CANYON, Texas—The School of Music at West Texas A&M University will present Matthew Sintchak—saxophone and Cheryl Lemmons—piano in a guest artist recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Recital Hall.
The saxophone/piano duo will present a program of contemporary works including John Harbison’s San Antonio, Shih-Hui Chen’s Plum Blossoms and Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion. The recital is free and open to the public.

Sintchak is an avid supporter of contemporary music and has commissioned and premiered more than 50 new works for the instrument. He challenges traditional notions of music performance by pushing boundaries of genre, instrumentation, medium and style. He is the founder of Sonict Duo, an experimental group that combines saxophone, video and live electronics with the noted electronic audio-visual performer and composer Jeff Herriott. He also has been a member of other new music groups including Present Music (Milwaukee) and the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble (formerly the Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble), which performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall for the London Jazz Festival.

Sintchak studied at the Eastman School of Music, the Paris Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music.  He is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist and has recorded for Naxos, Innova, the University of Iowa Composers’ and Zimbel labels. Sintchak is a professor of saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Lemmons is a recitalist with extensive experience accompanying students as well as professionals. She has worked with the Abilene Opera Association in productions of Carmen, New Moon, The Student Prince, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro and Madama Butterfly, Peter Pan and Don Giovanni and accompanied numerous Abilene Christian University (ACU) musical productions as well as the university’s A Cappella Chorus.   

She is the staff accompanist at ACU, where she received a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Hardin-Simmons University. In addition to her responsibilities at ACU, Lemmons is on the faculty of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, a month-long camp for highly gifted high school students from all over the United States.


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