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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:38pm

The Meta Trio, featuring saxophonists Michael Hernandez and Jacob Swanson and pianist James Welch, performs at 7 p.m. on April 12 in Scharmman Theatre on JCC’s Jamestown Campus.The concert is sponsored by JCC’s college program committee and is free and open to the public.

Works by Quantz, Singelee, Brahms, and Piazzolla will be featured.

Hernandez has been heard in concert halls throughout Europe and North America as well as on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

As a soloist Hernandez has appeared in recitals and alongside orchestras throughout the U.S. He is the founding soprano saxophonist of the critically acclaimed Mana Quartet that has held residencies at dozens of music festivals and universities including Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, National Music Festival, Music in the Mountains, The Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, The Festival of New American Music, Ethos New Music Festival, and the Oklahoma State Contemporary Music Festival. Hernandez is on the faculty of San Jose State University and is a D’Addario Performing Artist.

Swanson has performed in North America and Europe on concert series, television, and radio. He has inspired several composers to write for him as a soloist. As a member of the Decho Ensemble, he participated in a residency as a guest of the NyMusikks Komponoistgruppe in Oslo, Norway. 

After several years of preparation and research, Swanson assisted Carina Raschèr with the Ries&Erler publication of Erwin Dressel’s Duo Konzert für Sopran- und Altsaxophon und Kleines Orchester (1965). In 2014, he presented the world premiere of this monumental work with Sarah Marchitelli and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra. Swanson is a Vandoren Regional Artist and the Gowanda Central School high school band director.

Welch, a SUNY Fredonia faculty member, is a collaborative pianist, instructor of class piano, an accompanist for recitals, juries, and master classes, and serves as a vocal coach and accompanist for many mainstage musicals. Welch is also a collaborative pianist for the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO.

Welch has performed for Peter Schickele, Giuseppe Sabatini, Renee Fleming, Lee Hoiby, Dawn Upshaw, Gibert Kalish, Jake Heggie, Ian Clarke, Judy Kuhn, Eric Ewazen, Karen Aker, and Jason Robert Brown. As a soloist, Welch was a second prize winner of the 2007 Bradshaw and Bouno International Piano Competition. He has performed at SUNY Buffalo, East Carolina University, Morgan State University, Western Oregon University, The Rocky Ridge Music Center, and in Portland, Oregon, Lucca, Italy, and Ambialet, France.

The Meta Trio performs on vintage Buescher Saxophones built in the U.S. to the acoustic specifications of their inventor, Adolphe Sax.

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