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"Meet the Artist" Features New York City Saxophonist

PLATTSBURGH, NY__As part of the Adirondack Wind Ensemble's fifth anniversary celebration, the Music Department at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh will host a "Meet the Artist" saxophone ensemble reading session with Dr. Paul Cohen on Friday, Jan. 26, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Myers Fine Arts Building, room 112. This event is free and open to the public.

NYC Saxophonist Dr. Paul Cohen Cohen, an active performer, teacher, historian, musicologist and author, is the guest artist for the ensemble concert on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall. He has appeared and recorded with many of the nation's top symphonies and professional ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and the Philarmonia Virtuosi.

During the "Meet the Artist" session, Cohen will conduct an open reading session of saxophone ensemble music. All community saxophonists with strong sight-reading skills are welcome to join in the session with any size saxophone they own. The session is also open to any community members who wish to observe.

Cohen has recorded three albums with the Cleveland Symphonic Winds, a CD of music of Villa-Lobos with the Quintet of the Americas plus recordings with Saxophone Sinfonia. He has performed with several orchestras and chamber ensembles, including New York Solisti, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony and the Long Island Philharmonic. His two most recent recordings include an environmental jazz CD of solo improvisation as well as the newly discovered saxophone concerto of the 19th century American composer Caryl Florio.

The author of numerous articles on saxophone literature and history, Cohen is currently on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, William Patterson University and New York University.

The Adirondack Wind Ensemble (AWE) will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a gala concert on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall.

To celebrate the five-year milestone, AWE will feature guest soloist Cohen, who will perform Ingolf Dahl's Concerto for Saxophone in its rarely heard original 1949 version. The remainder of the program will feature a retrospective of works performed during the ensemble's first five years and will consist of Frank Ticheli's American Elegy, Vaughan Williams' English Folk Song Suite and Pertti Pekkanen's Joker.

Tickets for the Jan. 28th concert are $10 for general admission and free for all students and are available only at the door on the afternoon of the performance. For more information, contact the SUNY Plattsburgh Music Department at 518-564-2180.
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