Sept. 22, 2010/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu




WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) faculty member Judith Saxton will give a trumpet recital at 7:30 pm. Saturday, Oct. 2, in Watson Chamber Music Hall on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St. 

Saxton and pianist Allison Gagnon will present repertoire from their recent recording session for their first collaborative solo compact disc, entitled “Contest and Concert Pieces for Trumpet.”  This recording project will be the 2011 CD presented to each of 5,500 International Trumpet Guild (ITG) members. Saxton was selected by the ITG board to do this project; the last one, which was produced by new School of Music Dean Wade Weast, was with Phil Smith of the New York Philharmonic. The CD, due out in March 2011 with the ITG Journal, is currently available to guild members only. For more information, see: http://www.trumpetguild.org/.

Judith Saxton

Among the works on the Oct. 2 program is Vittorio Giannini’s Concerto for Trumpet. Giannini, the late School of the Arts founder and first president, wrote the piece for trumpet and orchestra, but also wrote the piano reduction (for trumpet and piano).  The performance will include a slide show of Giannini photos and a recording of his voice, from the UNCSA Archives of Semans Library.  

In addition, UNCSA School of Music percussion faculty member John Beck will join Saxton to present Jim Stephenson’s work, Vignettes.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available at 336-721-1945 or online at www.uncsa.edu/performances.

Judith Saxton enjoys an international career as a versatile and sought-after performer and clinician throughout Asia, the Soviet Union, Europe, South America and the United States. She performs with artists as diverse as Joe Morello, Phil Woods, Mannheim Steamroller, the Temptations, Empire Brass Quintet, Placido Domingo, Mark O'Conner and Joshua Bell.

Saxton has recently been asked to play principal trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony on the subscription series concert Scheherazade, Nov. 12 and 13, with Music Director David Robertson, conductor. 

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.