Master Sergeant Jeremy Koch, principal saxophonist and section leader of the United States Air Force Band, will perform a recital on Wednesday, April 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. His pianist is Molly Orlando, who serves on the faculty of The George Washington University. This event comes as part of their April 2019 Concert Tour of Texas.
With the USAF Band, Sgt. Koch has been a featured concert soloist on numerous national tours and international conferences, as well as performing with diverse artists such as Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd, and Kool & the Gang. As a freelance saxophonist, he has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
Molly Orlando is recognized as a soloist, collaborator, and teacher throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. An advocate for new music, she has premiered numerous works. Ms. Orlando has worked extensively with UrbanArias, Great Noise Ensemble, and Third Millennium Ensemble.
Their guest recital at Baylor University will open with Two Preludes<.i> by American composer Dorothy Chang.
Then Sg. Koch and Ms. Orlando will play an arrangement for saxophone and piano of German composer Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 73. Dating from 1849, these three pieces were originally conceived for clarinet and piano.
Also to be heard is the three-movement Fledglings from 2017 by Joel Love, who lives in Houston and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Closing the program will be the first three movements of American composer Carter Pann’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano from 2016.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.