Duo to Take Audience Around the World in 80 Minutes
ALBANY (October 5, 2016) — The College of Saint Rose presents a concert of music from seven nations performed by acclaimed saxophonist Harry White and accomplished pianist Todd Sisley.
White and Sisley will perform “Around the World in 80 Minutes” Saturday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.
The concert is free and open to the public courtesy of John Keal Music.
A reviewer for the German newspaper Badische Zeitung once wrote of Harry White, “During the performance he is like a mystic sunk in deep contemplation.” White and Sisley gave their first duo recital nearly 30 years ago in Cambridge, New York. Since then, they have performed together in the Northeast, in White’s home state of Mississippi and in southern Germany, where they also recorded the CD spectrum saxofonis. In “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” White and Sisley perform music by composers from seven nations, including works by Ravel, Grieg and Rachmaninov transcribed for saxophone and piano as well as brilliant original compositions by Jean Françaix, Ned Rorem and Pedro Iturralde.
White teaches saxophone at the conservatory in Zürich. As an orchestral saxophonist he has performed in many renowned orchestras, including the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden/Freiburg and the Berlin Philharmonic. As a member of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet from 1990 to 2001, White collaborated with such composers as Luciano Berio, Philip Glass, Sofia Gubaidulina and Charles Wuorinen.
Sisley is active as an accompanist of singers and instrumentalists. He has travelled throughout the U.S. and Europe as musical director of La Gran Scena Opera Company. Sisley is editor of The American Organist, the world’s most widely read journal devoted to organ and choral music.
ABOUT THE MASSRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Opened in 2008, the critically acclaimed Massry Center for the Arts features the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Esther Massry Gallery, choral and instrument rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, piano labs and classrooms. Past performing artists have included B.B. King, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Stewart Copeland, Béla Fleck, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Doc Severinsen, Ramsey Lewis, Maceo Parker, Mary Lambert, Tim Reynolds, Stefon Harris, John Pizzarelli, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Strings, Yuja Wang, Paula Cole and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The 46,000 square-foot gem is certified LEED Gold, ranking it among the Capital Region’s most energy-efficient and Earth-friendly buildings.