Modesto Sym­phony con­cert fea­tures sax­o­phon­ist Heim

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MODESTO — Mu­sic Di­rec­tor David Lock­ing­ton leads the Modesto Sym­phony Orches­tra in a baroque pro­gram fea­tur­ing sax­o­phon­ist Amanda Heim per­form­ing Vi­valdi’s Con­certo for Oboe in A mi­nor and Bach’s Air on G String on Fri­day, March 9, and Satur­day, March 10 at 8 p.m. at the Gallo Cen­ter, 1000 I St., for the Arts.

Tick­ets start at $19 and are avail­able through the Gallo Cen­ter for the Arts Ticket Of­fice at (209) 338-2100. Tick­ets also avail­able on-line at www.modestosym­phony.org

MSO As­so­ciate Con­cert­mas­ter, Ilana Blum­berg-Thomas will also be fea­tured per­form­ing Bach’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo in E Ma­jor. The pro­gram will open with Dor­man’s Con­certo Grosso and con­clude with Han­del’s Royal Fire­works Mu­sic.

Heim is a sax­o­phon­ist, ed­u­ca­tor, and ar­ranger, writ­ing for sax­o­phone quar­tet, wind en­sem­ble, and jazz ensem­bles. Her 2015 ar­range­ment of Avner Dor­man’s Spices, Per­fumes, Tox­ins! for per­cus­sion duo and wind en­sem­ble re­ceived its pre­miere in Lux­em­bourg, and has since been per­formed in both Asia and the United States. She has a deep in­ter­est in ped­a­gogy, and has pub­lished ma­te­ri­als in­ves­ti­gat­ing the use of post-tonal anal­y­sis to im­prove sax­o­phone quar­tet in­to­na­tion and per­for­mance. Amanda earned a de­gree in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion from Mes­siah Col­lege be­fore at­tend­ing UNC-Greens­boro, where she earned an M.M. and D.M.A. in sax­o­phone per­for­mance, along with a post-mas­ter’s cer­tifi­cate in Mu­sic The­ory Ped­a­gogy, study­ing sax­o­phone with Chad Eby and Steven Stusek. She is an ac­tive ad­ju­di­ca­tor and clin­i­cian for march­ing bands, wind ensem­bles, and jazz ensem­bles.

Amanda’s re­cent con­cert ap­pear­ances in­clude per­for­mances as a soloist at the Phillips Col­lec­tion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., with the Grand Rapids Sym­phony, at the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Sin­ga­pore, Shaanxi Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity in Xi’an, Bei­jing Wuzi Uni­ver­sity, and Shang­hai Mar­itime Uni­ver­sity. She has also ap­peared as a fea­tured soloist with the Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina at Greens­boro Sym­phonic Band, and has per­formed with the Greens­boro Sym­phony Orches­tra, the Char­lotte Sym­phony Orches­tra, and the Roanoke Pops. Amanda has played on stage with mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Natalie Cole, Ber­nadette Peters, Tim Warfield, Eu­gene Rousseau, Glen Camp­bell, The Four Tops, Boz Scaggs, John El­lis, Pe­ter Bern­stein, and Lee Konitz.

Amanda is cur­rently the bari­tone sax­o­phon­ist for the Junc­tion Sax­o­phone Quar­tet, a pro­fes­sional en­sem­ble that per­forms reg­u­larly in the mid- At­lantic re­gion and the Mid­west. Junc­tion Quar­tet pre­miered Amanda’s ar­range­ment of An­to­nio Vi­valdi’s Con­certo for Bas­soon, R.V. 499, for sax­o­phone quar­tet at the North Amer­i­can Sax­o­phone Al­liance Bi­en­nial Con­ven­tion in 2016. Amanda cur­rently serves as Lec­turer of Mu­sic at the Sun­der­man Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic at Get­tys­burg Col­lege, where she in­structs pri­vate sax­o­phone, sax­o­phone quar­tet, and cour­ses in mu­sic the­ory and au­ral skills.

Blum­berg- Thomas has per­formed nu­mer­ous solo and cham­ber mu­sic en­gage­ments through­out the United States and Europe. She is as­sis­tant con­cert­mas­ter of the Modesto Sym­phony. High­lights in­clude solo ap­pear­ances with the San Fran­cisco Sym­phony and the Al­bany, New York Sym­phony, as well as ap­pear­ances at the Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, the Marl­boro Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Ver­mont, the Aspen Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, and the Tan­gle­wood Mu­sic Cen­ter. Ms. Thomas served as the as­so­ciate con­cert­mas­ter of the Al­bany Sym­phony Orches­tra for 7 sea­sons, in­clud­ing one as act­ing con­cert­mas­ter. She has per­formed as a mem­ber of the NYC based cham­ber orches­tra Phil­har­mo­nia Vir­tu­osi, the Spring­field MA Sym­phony, the Modesto Sym­phony, and the Cal­i­for­nia Sym­phony. Ms. Thomas’ di­verse ap­pear­ances have in­cluded Broad­way pro­duc­tions in NYC, in­clud­ing Aida and the Pro­duc­ers.

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

TOP PHOTO: Il­lana Blum­berg-Thomas will per­form Bach’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo in E Ma­jor. BOT­TOM PHOTO: Sax­o­phon­ist Amanda Heim is part of the March 9-10 con­certs

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