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Duo Montagnard to perform & lecture on Oct. 13

Duo Montagnard
Joseph Murphy on saxophone and Matthew Slotkin on guitar are Duo Montagnard

The saxophone and classical guitar combo Duo Montagnard will present a lecture-recital for the annual George Tseo Memorial Lecture at Penn State Hazleton. The event will take place at 7 p.m., Thurs., October 13 in the Black Box Theater of the Slusser/Bayzick Building at the campus. The program features original works written for the saxophone/guitar duo, including the premiere performance of Indelible Imprint by composer L.A. Logrande of Drums. The event is sponsored by the Penn State Hazleton Faculty Lecture Committee.  Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.


Performers Joseph Murphy and Matthew Slotkin formed Duo Montagnard in 2002. They have performed over 160 concerts in 35 states, Canada, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia. Festival performances include the Chautauqua Institution, the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, and the Alexandria Guitar Festival. They have commissioned and premiered ten pieces and currently play all original music.


Murphy has been the saxophone professor at Mansfield University since 1987, where he has also served as department chair and director of bands. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University (OH), and the Master of Music and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from Northwestern University.


Slotkin directs the guitar program at Bloomsburg University and has previously taught at Mansfield University, Buffalo State College, and Alfred University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.


L.A. Logrande was twice awarded the Southeastern Composers’ League Arnold Salop Memorial Composition Award, first for C.A.G.E (Clarinet & Guitar Etude), then again for Quartet for Brass. Commissions include a work for solo alto saxophone and band, An Appeal Amid the Razing, from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Her saxophone compositions have been performed in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, and China. 


This will be the sixth program in the annual lecture series established in memory of George K. Y. Tseo, Ph.D., assistant professor of Earth Sciences. Tseo taught at Penn State Hazleton from 1988 until he passed away in October 2005. In addition to teaching meteorology, he was the author of numerous publications in a variety of forums on the Chinese economy and served as a Chinese policy consultant.  He served as Faculty Senate president and chaired important faculty committees. Tseo was an accomplished writer, having written an ambitious novel as well as non-fiction work in his areas of expertise. He was also a musician and graphic artist. 


For additional information, call 570-450-3180. 

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