Eastern Manitoba Concert Association  

Eastern Manitoba Concert Association

October Concert in Pinawa Brings The World Of Classical Music...

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EMCA to Welcome Prairie Musicians

The saxophone is commonly associated with jazz, swing, and big bands but EMCA has never claimed to bring common programs to its audiences. In keeping with the EMCA tradition of bringing unique artists and varied programs to Pinawa, the upcoming concert on October 24th will continue to expand the audience's education in music. This time EMCA brings the sensational sounds of the classical saxophone and piano to the 35th Anniversary Season program.

Allen Harrington (saxophone) and David Moroz (piano), two of Canada's premier classical performers have teamed up to showcase the best of the sensuous tones of the soprano and alto saxophones with the mellow, intoxicating sound of the piano. In addition to being renowned performers, both Harrington and Moroz can often be found imparting their extensive experience to students of the Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.

David Moroz, a Winnipeg-born pianist, has twice been nominated for Manitoba's Artist of the Year award and has been the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society since 1987. As a devoted advocate of new music, Moroz has given dozens of premiers of both solo and ensemble works including Gary Kulesha's Partita for Piano and Orchestra, which was written especially for Moroz. As a member of the Hoebig/Moroz Trio, he has performed much of the significant music written for piano trio and in addition he regularly appears in recitals with Canada's most distinguished musicians. The upcoming EMCA concert is no different since David Moroz is scheduled to perform with an eminent fellow Prairie musician, Allen Harrington.

Despite his youthful appearance Allen Harrington brings a wealth of experience to the Pinawa stage. As the only Canadian to have reached the final round of the International Adolphe Sax competition there can be no doubt that he is one of the best saxophonists in Canada. This competition is the largest and most prestigious saxophone competition in the world, and a fourth place finish from a gathering of 144 of the best saxophonists in the world is no mean feat. A native of Saskatoon, Harrington is actively involved in the musical life of the Prairies. He has performed with several orchestras across Canada, most notably in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Civic Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and the Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra and is a featured artist on the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra's CD Passionscape.

Harrington and Moroz have designed a program that not only features duos but also includes works that spotlight the soprano saxophone, alto saxophone and solo piano in turn.