FREE ADMISSIONBritish saxophonists Amy Green and Charlotte Harding will perform a sampling of pieces that were played in a variety of venues from wind band concerts, social/fraternal club entertainments, lyceum and vaudeville to early phonograph recordings and radio broadcasts. Green and Harding will be accompanied by pianist Ann Lee of Alexandria, Virginia. Thomas Smialek, professor of music and integrative arts at Penn State Hazleton, will provide an illustrated commentary on the accomplishments of 19th-century saxophonists Etta Morgan, Louise Linden and Bessie Mecklem. Charlotte Harding will introduce Helen May Butler and Ivy Benson, who led their own all-female bands in the early twentieth century. The program will also include performances of recent works by Charlotte Harding and L.A. Logrande, who have composed extensively for the saxophone.
Multi-award-winning Amy Green is one of the UK’s leading saxophonists. Twice a selected Park Lane Group artist, she was the first saxophonist to win the Edward & Helen Hague Woodwind Prize and received the Royal College of Music’s Tagore Gold Medal. She has given recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, Cadogan Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, St. John’s Smith Square and in the BBC Proms Plus series. Green is soprano saxophonist in the Laefer Quartet and saxophonist in the Riot Ensemble and ANIMA. Her orchestral work includes the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Rambert Dance Company and the Michael Nyman Band. She appeared on the acclaimed Vida Guitar Quartet’s 2017 album “Bachianas.” Green studied at the Royal College of Music, London, with Kyle Horch and at the Paris Conservatoire with Claude Delangle.
Charlotte Harding is an award-winning graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied composition with Mark-Anthony Turnage and saxophone with Martin Robertson. Her recent projects include composing “Them” for the BalletBoyz double bill “Them/Us,” which made its London debut at Sadler’s Wells followed by runs at the Vaudeville Theatre (West End) and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, “Convo” for massed ensemble, which premiered at The Royal Albert Hall, and orchestrating and arranging the music of Barry White for The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra (British Paraorchestra), which premiered at Glastonbury Festival 2019. Works for saxophone include “Voyage – A Concerto for Soprano Saxophone,” which has been performed by eminent saxophonists including Richard Ingham and Gerard McCrystal, and “Solstice,” which was the set piece for the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain’s Young Saxophone Soloist Competition 2019.