Jonathan Helton, saxophone
Steven Thomas, violoncello
Recital drawn from music by:
Dorothy Chang, Jonathan Elliott, Libby Larsen, Edison Denisov, Augusta
Read Thomas, Mark Engebretson, Alphonse Stallaert, Günter Raphael, Rebecca
Clarke, Gordon Jacob, Sarah Hersh, Lei Liang, Max Bruch, Astor Piazzolla, Paul Richards, Darius Milhaud, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Enzo Gieco, Martin Schlumpf, Denis Levaillant, Francisco Braga, Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Double Concerto for saxophone and cello by Michael Nyman
Saxophone Master Classes, Cello Master Classes, K-12 and Community Educational Programs
In its brief history, the Helton-Thomas Duo has presented over 160 concerts, master classes, workshops, and lectures to diverse audiences in the United States, Canada, Japan, Thailand, China, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and France. Their concerts are always met with tremendous enthusiasm, surprise, and emotion.
Saxophonist Jonathan Helton is an active solo
recitalist and chamber musician appearing in concerts worldwide,
including Chicago, Montreal, Vancouver, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore,
London, Paris, Taipei, Washington, DC, and New York. He has been
featured on programs of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the World
Saxophone Congress, the College Music Society, Wisconsin Composers'
Alliance, Chicago Consortium of Composers, and the New Music Chicago
Festival. His performances have been heard on North Carolina Public
Radio, on WFMT in Chicago, and in national radio syndication. He is
featured on compact discs from Centaur, Elf, Innova, Mark Records, and
Music from Northwestern. From 1992 to 1999 Dr. Helton served on the
faculty at Northwestern University. He is currently on the faculty of
the School of Music of the University of Florida where he teaches
saxophone, chamber music and conducts the New Music Ensemble. Jonathan
Helton is a Selmer Artist/Clinician, and a past President of the North
American Saxophone Alliance.
Cellist Steven Thomas was appointed to the University
of Florida's School of Music in 2007, following a 13-year tenure at the
Hartt School, where he had chaired both the String and Chamber Music
A top prize-winner in the Villa-Lobos (Rio) and Bach (Washington)
International Cello Competitions, as well as the Hudson Valley and
Charleston Competitions, Dr. Thomas has appeared as soloist with
orchestras in North and South America and throughout Europe. As a
member of the Cantilena Piano Quartet, he toured and performed in most
of the major concert halls of Europe and the U.S. He has performed as
recitalist and chamber musician at festivals such as Windsor (England),
Gstaad (Switzerland), the Israel Festival (Jerusalem), Prague, Tivoli
(Denmark), Itu and Fortaleza (Brazil). As a chamber musician, he has
collaborated with such renowned artists as Yehudi Menuhin, Erick
Friedman, Donald MacInnes, Jesse Levine, Joseph Robinson, David Shifrin,
Peter Frankl, Boris Berman and the Miami String Quartet.
Recent years have seen an increase in the literature for saxophone and
cello. The melodic and expressive capabilities of the saxophone
and cello are well-known individually. In the hands of modern masters, these
instruments can yield a tremendous palette of colors and a wide variety
of musical styles. The saxophone-cello combination results in a chamber
music experience of unparalleled power and beauty.