University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty recital to feature saxophonist Salerno

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s music program will present a faculty recital featuring saxophone selections from Associate Professor John Salerno at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Mary Slavek will accompany on piano.

Salerno’s recital will feature such selections as “Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano” (1970) by Robert Muczynski, “Alto Saxophone Sonata” (1988) by David Gillingham, and the three-movement “Concertino for alto saxophone and electric sounds” (1992), sections of which are based on the improvisation of John Coltrane.

Salerno teaches saxophone, composition, jazz ensemble and other jazz-related classes at UW-Green Bay. Under his direction, the UW-Green Bay jazz ensemble has performed at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz festivals in Europe. As a saxophonist, Salerno has worked with a variety of notable groups and artists including The Spinners, The Jacksons, Englebert Humperdinck, Roberta Flack and Joe Williams. He is a published composer and arranger who also directs the annual UW-Green Bay January Jazz Fest and the UW-Green Bay Summer Jazz Camp.

Salerno’s Oct. 2 recital, the third UW-Green Bay music concert of the 2011-12 season, is free and open to the public. UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.


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