Timothy RobertsAmerican Saxophonist Timothy Roberts, a native of Richardson, Texas, is currently Professor of Saxophone and Instrumental Division Chair at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. In 2011 he retired as Principal Saxophonist and National Tour Soloist with the US Navy Band in Washington, DC, where he was also Coordinator of the Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium. As one of the Navy Band’s premier concert soloists, Roberts performed for five U.S. Presidents, many foreign dignitaries, and hundreds of thousands of people throughout all 48 states and around the world from 1987-2011.
The Washington Post described his Kennedy Center performance of Jacque Ibert's Concertino da Camera with the National Symphony Orchestra as "simply stunning." A concerto performance with the Navy Band in Quebec City was reviewed by Le Soliel as "the audience enjoyed the fluid technique, lightness of tone, and impeccable playing of saxophonist Timothy Roberts." In two separate solo appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Morning News noted, “Roberts poured forth the creamiest, most gorgeous sounds ever heard from a saxophone, and phrased eloquently besides", and “the especially deft, lovingly played saxophone lent his own magic”.
Roberts makes frequent appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra - including two concerti - performing in Dallas, on European festival tours, and on numerous recordings for the Dorian, Delos, and Hyperion compact disc labels. He was chosen as an international concerto soloist for the World Saxophone Congresses in St Andrews, Scotland; Bangkok, Thailand, and Montreal, Canada, along with North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences in Vancouver, British Columbia, Urbana, IL, and Iowa City, Iowa. He also performed at saxophone congresses in Strasbourg, France; Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Clarisax Festival in Medellin, Colombia, the International Clarinet/ Saxophone Festival in Nanning, China, the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, the Sydney Conservatorium, and the Australian National Band Championship in Hobart, Tasmania. He also taught saxophone workshops at the Paris National Conservatory (twice), the Conservatorio di Musica G. Verdi di Milano (Italy), the Australian Saxophone Retreat, and the Eastman School of Music, among others.
Charles RobertsCharles Roberts is currently an 18-year old, first year Bachelor of Music student of John O'Conor and recipient of The Wendy Hannam Scholarship at The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario. Originally from Winchester, Virginia, Roberts was accepted into Shenandoah Conservatory at age 14, where he studied with leva Jokubaviciute and Professor O'Conor. He was also the pianist with Shenandoah's Symphony Orchestra and was soloist with the ensemble at the Middleburg Film Festival in Virginia in 2017. Before graduating high school, Roberts had completed over thirty credits worth of music courses and had collaborated in dozens of juries and recitals with university faculty and student instrumentalists.
Charles' European premiere was with saxophonist Timothy Roberts in Paris, France in October 2017. In the summer of 2019, Roberts was a semi-finalist in the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at Brevard Summer Music Festival, which he attended for two consecutive summers. More recently, Roberts was invited to perform with the Shenandoah Orchestra on their tour in Chile, South America in May 2020. In October 2020, he performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Shenandoah Conservatory Saxophone Ensemble at the Inside-Out music festival on campus and has recently been invited for another performance at the World Saxophone Congress in Kurashiki, Japan in summer 2022.
Last summer, Charles helped organize a virtual COVID-19 benefit recital by performing for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC to encourage diplomacy between China and the US. He also performed in a service project for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra last November called One-to-One, which provides music to COVID hospital patients in Dallas. Roberts performs in R2DUO, a saxophone-piano duo with Timothy Roberts and has performed dozens of recitals across the east coast of the US.
Programme(9'00") Crazy Logic - Matthew Orlovich (b. 1970)
Crazy Logic for alto saxophone and piano was composed in 2006 at the invitation of saxophonist Barry Cockcroft and pianist Adam Pinto (the RompDuo) for a premiere performance at the 2006 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, VIC, Australia.
Matthew Orlovich works as a freelance composer, based in Sydney, Australia. Born in 1970, his catalogue of works includes music for solo instrumentalists, chamber ensembles, choirs, orchestras, concert bands and combined choirs with orchestra. He has been performed extensively throughout Europe, as well as in Canada, the Middle East, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Performers have included the Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival Choir, the Melbourne Chorale, St Peters Chorale, Zurich Ensemble for New Music, the Choir of London, The Australian Voices, the Harvard University Choir, the United States Navy Band, the Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and many more.
(7'00") Danzón No. 6 (Puerto Calvario) : For Soprano Saxophone & String Orchestra - Arturo Danzon (b. 1950)
Arturo Márquez was born in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico in 1950. He began his musical training in La Puente, California in 1966, later studying piano and music theory at the Conservatory of Music of Mexico. He also studied Composition at the Taller de Composición Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico with composers including Joaquín Gutiérrez Heras, Hector Quintanar, and Federico Ibarra. Marquez also studied in Paris with Jacques Castérède, and at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick, Stephen Mosko, Mel Powell, and James Newton. He has received commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, the New Mexico Symphony, the Universidad Metropolitana de Mexico, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Festival Cervantino, Festival del Caribe, Festival de la Ciudad de Mexico, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has received grants from the Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico, the French Government. and the Fulbright Foundation. In 1994 he received the composition scholarship of Mexico's Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.
Márquez has composed nine Danzones. Danzón No. 9 was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and premiered under Gustavo Dudamel in October 2017, in a program that included three other Márquez works. The enduring success of Danzón No. 2 (1993) for orchestra is due in large part to its championing by Dudamel, who recorded the work with the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony for Deutsche Grammophon.
As with Danzón No. 2, Danzón No. 6 for soprano saxophone and string orchestra is replete with long melodies, but in a more intimate guise. Instead of using contrasting sections, Márquez puts the agility of the solo instrument on full display, and adds interest by subtly steering the ensemble (piano) through a number of harmonic areas.
(14'00") "Escapades", from "Catch Me if You Can" for Saxophone and Orchestra - John Williams (b. 1932)
Steven Spielberg's 2002 film Catch Me If You Can was set in the 1960s, and John Williams created a marvelous film score evoking the style of the progressive jazz movement popular during that time. Today's performance is a piano reduction of the original version for full orchestra in three contrasting movements. “Closing In” relates to the often humorous sleuthing ever present in the story. This is followed by “Reflections” portraying the fragile family relationships, and finally “Joy Ride” representing the main character's wild flights of fantasy.